Trendsetting Ilocano-owned Red Dot boutique

There’s always something fresh at Red Dot boutique, Laoag’s hot spot for style-savvy shoppers. The same lifestyle store which brought original Havaianas flip-flops in Ilocos three years ago has also brought in apparel by David and Goliath, a cult brand packed with quirky humor. The casual but absolutely not sloppy style extends to all David and Goliath products like purses, utility bags. fashion accessories and more.

New from the Brazilian Havaianas company are nifty Havaianas bags, made of the same superior DNA design of Havaianas flip-flops. The canvas bags come in fun and functional styles for all sexes, and they look sturdy to last for the long haul.

Havaianaticos, hello!

Roomy. There are also smaller sling bags.

Check out Red Dot’s Havaianas 2010 collection.

Green options

I was able to snap some eco-chic stuff for the eco-lifestyle lovers. Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg, Red Dot’s big boss says that they are launching adorable, safe, lead-free toys in a month’s time. Good news for fellow Filipinos who prepare for the Christmas season as soon as September comes.

From David and Goliath.

My personal pick, Envirosax eco-bag, so tiny yet packed with great green hopes.

Cool way to let your voice be heard.

Give love

Finding unique gifts is a breeze at Red Dot. There are whimsical stuff and thingamajigs that will surely cheer up anyone.

Oh, yes, let me not forget, a big collection of Pink Box accessories for the princesses is waiting to be explored. Don’t miss out on those fun kitschy items.  Dare to express your individuality through accessories.

Boardroom to casual Friday

Another Red Dot salable line is Plains and Prints. Women on the go who are looking for practical-yet-stylish outfits trust this Filipino brand. The Farillas couple behind Plains and Prints knows fabric very well. The women’s clothing company has also grown into a complete lifestyle store. Quality, comfort and chic factors are foremost in every Plains and Prints creation. A woman in a Plains and Print outfit can confidently stand in a crowd of women dressed in foreign brands.

Their colors and designs are always chic, but never over the top. Even teens are attracted to the youngish appeal of Plains and Prints.

Spun sugar

Gingersnaps is the fashion-forward pregnant mom’s shop. Her kids’ too. Styling infants to preteens with Gingersnaps is as easy as ABC. Mixing and matching their sassy, well-made basic pieces in fine comfortable fabrics is always fun for both mom and child.

After Gingersnaps was launched back in 1994, it has risen from being a local brand to a global brand that it is now. The Filipino-owned company has a growing number of stores in Asian cities, specifically Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta.

Juvenile clothing in dreamy sugarplum bonbon colors.

Dads love Gingersnaps, too.

For the sophisticated young Miss, something classic and dainty.

True blues for the junior.

Adolescent girls will also adore Just G, the teen line made by Gingersnaps. Trendy tops, hoodies and easy dresses come in the same excellent quality Gingersnaps is internationally known for.

Au courant

Red Dot’s own Red Dot label for women is likewise selling pretty well.

Despite the arrival of giant retailers in Ilocos, Ilocano-owned Red Dot boutique, along F.R. Castro Street, just across the Laoag Sinking Bell Tower, continues to stay in the forefront of fashion.

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Get into the Envirosax habit: Say no to single-use plastic bags with élan

Lightweight, super strong (holds up to 44lbs), durable, fully washable and fade resistant, Envirosax, the original designer reusable bag, is available at Red Dot boutique in Laoag for only 395 php.

Unrolled, the chic eco-bag measures 19.5″ x 16.5″, yet folds to a mere 4″ x 1.5″ pouch. A built-in snap button holds the pouch for an easier upkeep. Just toss it into your purse, or put it in your pocket, and you’re ready to go shopping. As a matter of fact, it offers versatile functionality.

There are many designs and colors to choose from. Get your environment message across in a fun and  fashionable way.

Photographed by Blauearth. Red Dot boutique, F.R. Castro St, Laoag City, Ilocs Norte, Philippines

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Know the facts about plastic bags

  • Somewhere between 500 million and a trillion plastics bags are consumed worldwide each year.
  • Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than produce one. It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.
  • Plastic bags photodegrade, which means they breakdown into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers, which eventually contaminate soils and waterways.
  • When ingested, these microscopic particles can become catastrophic to wildlife. Nearly 200 different species of sea life including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. Birds, as well.
  • By using a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags a week. That’s 24 bags a month. That’s 288 bags a year. That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime.
  • If just 1 out of 5 people did this, we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our lifetime.
  • Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
  • China has banned free plastic bags.
  • Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002, and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
  • More countries have also banned, or are moving towards banning the plastic bag.
  • Reducing plastic bags will reduce foreign oil dependency.
  • China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
Read more on the data released by the US Environmental Protection Agency
plastic bag nightmare 001image by Zainub via flickr

E.a.r.t.h now. E-nvironmental a-wakening, r-esponsibility (shared responsibilty), t-ransformation, h-ope. A message by the LEAD Movement

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