We've long kept admiring eyes on Kaayo, a groundbreaking Davao-based label that champions modern silhouettes mixed with traditional Mindanao woven fabric. "Kaayo means goodness or kindness in Bisaya. It is a curated collection of different Mindanao stories that we creatively put together," founder Marga Nograles said in an interview with Preview last March. "It started for us simply because we wanted to give a sustainable livelihood to a T'boli mother-and-daughter tandem from Lake Sebu. From there, two years later, we have grown to a small clothing label that continues to look for stories to tell together with the many indigenous tribes, women's groups, hand-woven textiles, local culture, and people of Mindanao."
"We envision this Mindanao to be rich in culture, tapestry, and textile transformed into modern, elegant, fun, and chic pieces that are more wearable," Marga went on. "The Kaayo woman is elegant, fun, and so very proud to be a Filipina." We couldn't agree more! Below, glean elegant, updated inspo on how to style intricate, beautiful Philippine weaves from the ladies who attended Kaayo's recent launch party in SM Aura!
Marga poses with Tingting Cojuangco and Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.
Kai Nakanishi Lim polishes up a vibrant 'Katarina' jacket, hand beaded by the Ata Manobo tribe, by layering a sleek white turtleneck underneath. Travel 'fit peg!
Here's a peek at Marga's full outfit! Love how she paired a scarlet Tagakaolo blouse from Davao Occidental with iridescent cobalt trousers. Meanwhile, news anchor Karen Davila's T'boli linen blouse and chambray pants make a casual-posh combo.
Leona Panutat throws a laidback, oversized black denim jacket over her embellished blush T'boli top and—a welcome caveat—olive cargos.
Did you know that Apples Aberin's sleek, wide-leg, hand-beaded trousers are up for custom-made grabs? Have a pair spun especially for you, then team with a tasteful, dainty white tube.
Rock print on print like Nikki Garcia does! Tiny polka dots complement a pompom-trimmed scarf pattered after the original Bagobo 'tangkulo'.