The Guardian releases a feature on the International Fashion Showcase in London and how only the Filipino contingent, Manila Wear, "incorporated indigenous sustainable materials into their designs. In addition, each designer had either a partnership with an NGO where profits are put back into community development, or was collaborating with local artisans and textile suppliers."
Ken Samudio, inspired by the diverse marine life in our country, used bamboo and abaca and combined these with upcycled industrial materials for his accessories. Adante Leyesa made use of piña and locally sourced precious stones to create handbags and necklaces. Tipay Caintic, on the other hand, referenced the environmental catastrophe brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda for her knitwear collection, making use os piña and banana silk.
"With a rising middle class and a new generation of designers who are engaged with international fashion markets in a way their predecessors weren't, the elements are coming together for a dynamic hub of Manila designers who combine inspiration from the tropical landscape that surrounds them with western design aesthetics," reports The Guardian.