Purveyor of artisanal local goods ArteFino has just found a new online home. True to its commitment of supporting homegrown brands, the collective created an e-commerce platform in a bid to keep such local enterprises afloat, especially during this time of COVID-19.
Artefino launched the website with a fundraising initiative called "Ilaw at Pag-asa: Shining a Light of Hope." Proceeds will help fund UV sterilizers for the Philippine General Hospital, which is dedicated to serving COVID-19 patients. These UV sterilizers serve as an extra layer of protection for those in the hospital. Aside from that, the project naturally aims to support the communities involved with ArteFino’s partner brands.
“It has taken this pandemic to further highlight in absolute terms the importance of supporting local all the way… from the clothes that you wear, to the throw pillows and blankets that you use, to the furniture that you buy. In ArteFino, we like to say that we are LOCO for LOCAL. This is the crucial time to support our very own,” says ArteFino co-founder Marimel Francisco.
ShopArtefino.com features the usual array of products one would find at the brand’s annual, much-anticipated bazaar—clothes, bags, jewelry, and home items—but now, there are artisanal face mask sets for the new normal. Fashion designer Jor-el Espina is selling his hand-embroidered pina and jusi masks on the site.
Fashion brands included in the lineup are Two Chic, Linea Etnika, Creative Definitions, GW by Great Women, Allena, Maison Metisse, Tan Gan, Wear Your Culture, Tilia, and Amarie.
As for bags, you can find goods from Zarah Juan, Island Girl, Lara, Anthill Fabric Gallery, Rurungan Collective, Joanique, Farah Abu, and Adante Leyesa.
Placing an order is as easy as clicking “Add to Cart.” Payment can be done through bank deposit or online transfer to Artefino’s Security Bank and BPI accounts. For more information on the ordering process, click here.
Please keep in mind that the products are shipped directly from the partner brands, so orders from various brands will arrive separately and at different times. ShopArtefino.com can ship anywhere in the Philippines.
ArteFino has also announced that its annual fair won’t take place this August, but they are “preparing something big,” so make sure you stay tuned for updates!
Check out shopartefino.com now to browse the selection.