Admittedly, there used to be a local shortage of interestingly chic Ilocano stuff to wear or bring home to wherever. Unless customized (which entails a kinda long waiting time inclusive of a trip to Ilocos to choose the specifics, shipping, etc.) or aiming for traditional linens, buying native products made with inabel or any other indigenous material is a rather complicated story, not an easy task for the fuzzy shopper or tourist. But today, there’s no fretting over tired, dated or generic souvenir items and 168-ish fashion accessories being passed as local, MODi just opened at the Puregold Laoag last Sunday. On top of Brazilian Dupé flip-flops and Filipino-made fashion accessories is a kaleidoscopic range of nicely-made abel Iloko purses and clutches in swingin’ styles.
Tell me, where else can you find a Speedy-esque bag in handwoven acid pink binakol or wood-framed abel clutch? MODi (a contraction of modern Ilocano) is another brainchild of admirable entrepreneur and the epitome of a stylish Ilocano, Mary Ann Cua Macaraeg, CEO of Visionaire and President of ILEA.
-Went home with these handmade accessories.
The tiny space is packed with uncommon goodies. Plenty of boho and beach-appropriate items. Don’t miss a thing, check out all corners.
I learned they also accept bulk orders (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Photos by Ericke Tan on Instagram
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