I was gifted with the chic minaudiere in colors I love. What makes the clutch doubly important is the fact that it was made by Filipino artisans from poor communities across the country working with social enterpreneurs of the R2R (Rags2Riches, Inc.). They upcycle scrap cloth, incorporate organic materials and indigenous fabric (such as Ilocos binakol) like with the perfect blogger’s bag I’m eyeing (here), but it’s sold out at the moment.
The photo below was when Jennie Celdran, a good friend and my FoodPrints boss, handed me my Mala during the time we were shooting the first of FoodPrints Season 3 in Baguio. Rajo Laurel designed it. I unearthed a very long post about the famous designer I wrote some years back, and mentioned about Rags2Riches as well (here).
Rags2Riches also works with other designers such as bag designer Amina Aranaz. You can check out the bags and purses here and for those who live abroad, they are available in shops in London, New York and Los Angeles, with the addresses here.
I have many things in my head to wear with the Mala. I’ll post an OOTD.
Last photo by Asunta Rufino
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