Who: Carlo Samson Garcia
From: Ars Sutoria Milano, pattern maker/shoe stylist
Worked under: Cardams, Inc.
Carabao Crafts is all about: renewable materials, timeless design, and great craftmanship.
We started: developing the brand four years ago. I gathered my old workers and trained them with a different approach.
Clothing people since: 2012.
Carabao Crafts is for: everybody who wants to feel what luxury bags and shoes feel like—the smell, accessories, hardware, hand-woven, hand-sewn and handmade [elements].
We are different because: our craftmanship and workers are dedicated in producing well made products.. [We] are attentive to details and flaws.
We are inspired by: my family. My lolo got me into pattern-making at a young age. I travel a lot with my mother as well. I love to surf as well.
We like to be: a brand seen in international airports.
We are proud of: being featured in the Philippine Star, and of our consignment agreements in Discovery Shores.
We've been worn by: JM Rodriguez and Tim Yap.
Wear us if: you are not brand-conscious and would like to try something different and locally made and sourced.
This new collection: boasts of hand-weaving and natural elements.
We use: genuine leather, brass accessories, YKK zippers, coconut fibers, airplane tires, abaca, and molded carabao sole for the sole of the shoes.
Watch out for: more hand-woven bags and shoes.
Find us on: Facebook (Carabao Crafts), www.carabaocrafts.com, or visit the workshop at 5 Kalakhan St., Dona Betang Subdivision, Santolan, Pasig, Metro Manila.