The Women Behind Our Favourite Brands

The Women Behind Our Favourite Brands

Each individual has various differences but one cannot disagree that women who flock together, kick-ass together. March is International Women’s Month and a good way to celebrate that is to show some support. Homegrown brands are gaining popularity amongst us Millenial and Gen Z-ers, what you didn’t know is that a bunch of our favourite brands are actually founded by women. Take a pick from the list below – we sure know you’ll enjoy it!

Rags2Riches by Reese Fernandez

Being fashionable & trendy is one thing but contributing to the good of other people is something. Therese, more commonly referred to by her peers as Reese, started this eco-ethical fashion brand that supports local artisans and advocates the alleviation of poverty in Payatas, Quezon City.

Tropa Store/Araw the Line by Carla Sison

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Home of curated goods, Carla Sison (an avid thrift shopper and linen-lover) has created a haven for contemporary fashion. Her clothing line Araw is very laid back & perfect for Manila’s tropical weather. She started the line with her friends and recently opened her store, Tropa, to open other local brands to more eyes.

Neon Island by Chi Gibbs & Aira Medina

Starting as a way to have an outlet from their teaching day jobs (how cute right?) these two besties made an idea come to life. The patterns from their clothing line were hand painted by the both of them. Without any business background, they started brand only with passion and the belief that anything is possible. Guess they were right! Neon Island is now a celebrated clothing line that offers a multitude of styles and swimwear as well. Now’s who’s ready for summer?

Zacarias 1925 by Rita Nazareno

Hailing from her family’s bag business, Rita has shared with us her own twist on an exotic tote. Zacarias 1925’s hand woven bags created from plant materials have definitely stormed not just the style scene but also Manila Fame. A collection of all things designer & all things very Filipino. Isn’t this label just an all-in-one?

Happy Skin by Rissa Mananquil Trillo & Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez

This duo started Happy Skin with a simple goal of making a woman happy. Offering a wide range of shades for women, Rissa & Jacqe have influenced the beauty industry to be more inclusive. Their line promotes feeling beautiful and looking beautiful. The kind of makeup that you wouldn’t feel bad about after you put it on your face. Beauty and care at the same time. Where else can you find that kind of thing!

Renegade Folk -by Regina & Tina Sambalido

Owned by sisters Regina & Tina Sambalido, RF has created opportunities for local Marikina shoe makers to get their artisanal products out in the market. These well designed, classy, and sturdy pairs of sandals/slippers are sure to complete every outfit. And hey, you wouldn’t even be sweating your wallet out for a pair!

February Lifestyle by Kryz Uy

Cute dangling earrings are making their come back and blogger-slash-newbie-wifey Kryz Uy is not letting this trend die down. Offering a multitude of styles for every Filipina, each and everyone has a chance to show their true colours by the accessories they wear.

A lot of great brands are already booming in the Philippines and no doubt that some of those brands have women behind the scenes. Any brands you like that are founded by women? Comment down below so our other sisters can check them out too!

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