Aside from shoes and clothes, there’s no denying that girls can get bag-happy, too. We just can’t help it, especially when it’s locally-made, sustainable, and of course, IG-worthy! Recently, we’ve been going on a liking spree because of designer Ken Samudio’s recent offerings from his Matthew & Melka line.
“The name is taken from my kids Matthew, who is 10 years old, and Melka, who is 16 years old,” he says. Matthew & Melka is his diffusion line positioned specifically for the local market, while his namesake label, Ken Samudio, is geared towards the global market. “Matthew & Melka is actually my creative therapy where I don't necessarily need a serious story to go with the collection. It's all about fun and happy times! And the best part is that it's reasonably priced!” Yaass!
We were dying to know more so we talked to the designer to get more deets on the super fun line.
Hi, Ken! We're in love with the clutches! Super cute and perfect for summer. Can you share with us how many different designs you have?
I made four themes for my Matthew & Melka S/S 2016 collection, which was inspired by the different street scenes of Manila. The fruit clutches were inspired by the fruit vendors plying our streets. The vibrantly embroidered geometric clutches were inspired by the colorful banderitas during fiestas. The flower basket clutches were inspired by Dangwa St. in Manila. And the pop art bamboo clutches with embroidered pop art expressions were inspired by graffiti all over the Metro.
What are these made of?
I try to juxtapose contradicting techniques and materials for my creations. For example, I used custom-made bamboo clutches from Benguet and embroidered them with pop art appliqués, creating a clutch that is both ethnic and cool, traditional and modern. All materials are indigenous and naturally sourced from our beloved country such as bamboo, abaca, recycled jute sacks and sustainable cotton thread.
Are they all handmade?
I am anti-machine and there is a zero waste protocol in my atelier so, yeah, I make my artisans work by having all my pieces handmade.
How long does it take to make one clutch?
Three to five days for one clutch. It takes so much time and dedication to fashion out fruits and pop art via embroidery. Each piece is made by one artisan from start to finish.
Are you planning to expand these designs to bigger purses or totes? How about matching accessories? Or will you just stick with clutches for now?
The reception of my clutches was so successful, I am now in the process of making totes and bigger purses to match the clutches. And yes, accessories are on their way too!
Yay! So excited for that! Now the most important question, where can we buy them?
Everything is available at AC+632 in Greenbelt 5 and online through www.mizandmoxie.com. You can also email them at matthewnmelka@ gmail .com or SMS/Viber/Whatsapp at +639052917774 to order.