Emerging brands at Kultura’s Filipino Design Studio

Clockwise from far left, Flutter’s pineapple beaded statement earrings using traditional beadwork techniques. Cultural advocate Irene Marcos-Araneta with Kultura’s Ivy Yap (right) and Felicia Trinidad (left), with SM’s Millie Dizon at the launch of Kultura’s Filipino Design Studio at The Podium. Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM) President Mme. Riitta Laakso of Finland, wife of Finland Ambassador Juha Markus Pyykkö (right) and SHOM Vice President Mme. Nicole Weismann, wife of EU Ambassador Luc Veron. SM’s Steven Tan, Kultura’s Ivy Yap and ATIN’s Arnold Co.

Visitors at Kultura Store’s Filipino Design Studio at The Podium got a glimpse of exciting emerging brands by young entrepreneurs, giving us more reason to celebrate the creativity and artistry of the Filipinos.

The month-long event immersed customers in fine Filipino craftsmanship from across the regions, featuring a luxurious, beautifully curated collection of modern Filipiniana, statement jewelry, unique accessories and stylish home décor highlighting the finest local brands and artisans.

Exquisite modern Filipiniana pieces from Rhett Eala, Ilaya Couture, Nuevo Ystilo, Raffaella and En Barong Filipino were showcased alongside innovative guest brands that give Filipino design a new perspective.

Ken Samudio, who has been featured in Vogue Italia, WWD, L’Officiel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan USA, creates artworks from up-cycled beads made from water plastic bottles, recycled sea glass and other sustainable indigenous materials.

Other emerging brands include JIM Weaver’s stylish silk scarves, including the Jim Weaver x Francis Libiran Collection; Flutter Jewelry’s statement earrings using traditional beadwork techniques; Matthew and Melka accessories; chic copper wire jewelry with precious stones by Mjoiran.

These emerging brands also work with communities and highlight sustainability. There are hand loomed embroidered fabrics crafted by communities in Abra for Strong Mina; bags and accessories made from colorful upcycled single use plastic grocery bags and other disposed plastics by Virtucio; eco-fashion statement bags made from ethically-sourced Carabao horns by Kara de Juan; and natural personal care products by Shepard.

The Filipino Design Studio also showcases items for the home. Haspe’s handcrafted furniture using wood and solihiya; Art of Gold’s hand-painted home accessories; Millie Monday’s home décor; ATIN’s decorative plates and diffusers; Maison Grid Plus’s rattan and bamboo dinnerware and décor; and The Fine Life Market’s linens and kitchenware.

Celebrate Filipino artistry and craftsmanship at Kultura’s Filipino Design Studio, which runs until Sept. 30 at Kultura, 3rd Level of The Podium, Ortigas.