From high fashion to fashion accessories, local talent is in no short supply in the Philippines. However, according to Paloma Urquijo Zobel, founder of PIOPIO: “Due to Colonialism, Filipinos were made to believe for many years that our culture and heritage were subpar to those of the West and there had been hesitancy (until recently) to support local.” Zobel and several other Filipino founders are part of the ongoing conversation hoping to encourage more local designers to create clothing, accessories and footwear to preserve and celebrate the culture.
Whether you enjoy sustainable accessories or artisanal footwear, ahead are seven Filipino fashion brands to add to your must-have list. Some are new, upcoming designers, and others have spent years building their brands to the cult-following they are today. But most importantly, all put Filipino culture at the center of the work.