From Drew Barrymore to Astrid in Crazy Rich Asians, these Filipino brands are making waves globally with their eye-catching designs.
If you’ve been thinking on investing in a luxury handbag, why not support local as well? While most Filipinos often run to well-known luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton or Gucci, there are local brands and designers worthy of our attention (and money!). Not only do they offer unique and eye-catching pieces, their bags are made by Filipino artisans, too! Their products are truly works of art that even Hollywood actresses can’t say no to their pieces.
Here are the luxury Filipino brands that are making waves abroad:
From chic tops to statement jewellery to jewel-embellished clutches, what else has Bea Valdes not made beautiful and stylish with her designs? The answer: none. Born and raised in the Philippines, Bea Valdes comes from a family with a history in fine jewellery. Awarded the most outstanding young individual award in December 2010, Bea Valdes continues to showcase her talents and designs with her pieces.
Her fine jewelry pieces are also hand-made by artisans in Manila. Continuously inspired by different cultures—including that of the Philippines—Bea Valdes’ pieces are made of materials from around the world, you’re sure to have a unique piece when you’re wearing Bea Valdes.
Founded by former model Celestina Maristela Ocampo in 2006, Celestina has since become a Filipino luxury brand known for its handbags. Crafted by Filipino artisans, it has caught the attention of Hollywood stars such as Drew Barrymore and Sandra Bullock.
And honestly, who could blame them? The perfect combination of elegance and functionality, Celestina pieces are what you want to have in your wardrobe. Made of rare materials like crocodile skin, it’s not a surprise why this Filipino luxury brand is making waves abroad.
Rafé New York by Rafe Totengco
A New York based Filipino designer, Rafe Totengco’s pieces are works of art. Inspired by architecture and different cultures, Rafe pieces are beautifully structured, making it one that will last a lifetime.
Not only are Rafe bags one-of-a-kind, it will also instantly make you stand out with its unique structures such as clam shells and other asymmetrical shapes. Rafe pieces are also handcrafted in the Philippines.
Born and raised in Cebu, Neil Felipp established his brand in 2010, and has since grown into a luxury Filipino brand known locally and abroad. So much so, that Neil Felipp San Pedro was awarded the British Council’s Look of Style Awards Accessory Category in 2014, as well as being mentioned in Kevin Kwan’s book Rich People Problems, and costume credits in the Crazy Rich Asians movie, among others.
With each unique piece handmade by artisans in Cebu, beautifully structured, and with precisely detailed metal craftsmanship, we can’t wait to see what Neil Felipp brings to the world of fashion next.