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8 Local Brands that Give Back to Our Communities

So you can shop without the guilt!
8 Local Brands that Give Back to Our Communities
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So you can shop without the guilt!

Shopping is undeniably part of the fun of gift-giving, so we at Preview are always looking for ways to make it even more enjoyable. And what’s better than supporting a local brand with a strong CSR? Here's list of a few we can get behind. 

1. Anthill

If you’re looking for a beautiful fabric with a pattern like no other, Anthill Fabrics is the one for you. The social enterprise aims to preserve local traditions of weaving—did you know each region has its own unique pattern?—all while minimizing waste. Take that, fast fashion!

2. Tees for UNICEF

The name is self-explanatory. For every shirt you buy, a portion of the proceeds will go to the organization. The shirts, produced by Custom Apparel and designed by Pau Tiu, have retro graphics that fit in perfectly with today’s fashion love affair with T-shirts without straying too far from its theme—childhood.

3. The Slay Shirt

Like Toms, the Slay Shirt will match your purchase 1:1. This means that they donate a Smiley Shirt to an less fortunate child for every Slay Shirt you buy. The form-fitting tees have been worn by the likes of Kryz Uy, Vina Guerrero and Rica Peralejo.

4. Rags 2 Riches

A pioneer of social enterprise in the Philippines, R2R is best known for its community artisans and its signature weave. Think Bottega Venetta travel wallet but a soft fabric in lieu of animal skin. Today, the brand has expanded its range to include backpacks, collapsible shoppers and leather totes.

5. Akaba

Established in 2014, Akaba has partnered with Gawad Kalinga to create bags that are casual, urbane yet outdoorsy. Making use of our rich culture of woven fabrics, it sources its materials from Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Oriental Mindoro, Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu to combine traditional patterns with contemporary designs.

6. Nawa

Nawa sells brass bracelets and rings made in the tradition of the T’boli by Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Take a cue from their IG page and don’t be stingy. It obviously looks better stacked. Trust us on this.

7. Floreia

 

Founded by the Delantars of Cebu City, Floriela is an accessory line that upcycles all sorts of materials. Who would’ve thought forest debris like leaves and twigs could be fashioned into necklaces and bangles? Its aesthetic is sculptural and bold—statement jewelry that easily makes a great conversation piece.

8. Habi

Habi Footwear has gone a long way since its inception and now carries mules, heels and sneakers in addition to its signature espadrilles and sandals. In an effort to reduce waste, the weavers create a new fabric out of scraps from neighboring garment factories. The shoes are 100% locally made in its partner communities in Quezon City and in shoe factories in Marikina. 

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