Supporting the Philippines’ position as a sourcing hub for creative and design-forward home and fashion products, Manila FAME 2015, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), features anew selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market in its 61st edition on March 13-16, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
CITEM founded Manila FAME initially as an event that only showcased locally made products. Through the years, it grew to the level of producing not only an event, but stories – stories of exporters and manufacturers, nurtured and developed by CITEM through its various programs such as Design Philippines, Red Box and Manila Wear. These stories continued to grow in numbers, continuously translated into products which promoted the perfect combination of innovativeness, technology and soul.
“Besides strengthening and developing skills and competencies of homegrown artists from different sectors, Manila FAME assists local exporters and manufacturers in establishing partnerships, generating export opportunities, and finally penetrating the world’s lucrative business markets,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.
Design Philippines, the industry brand for furniture and home furnishings, is curated by a Creative Team composed of seasoned designers from various sectors, brought Manila FAME to a higher level by taking exhibitors who embraced the brand building initiatives of CITEM, to participate in international trade fairs such as Salone in Milan, Italy, Maison ‘d Objet in Paris, France and Anuga in Cologne, Germany.
Red Box is a program which develops aspiring designers to penetrate the market. One such story is a group of designers who named themselves Epoch, began as young, unknown designers of functional items for companies 4 years ago and are now successful manufacturers themselves. Their story, The Return of the Epoch, will be featured in a special setting aptly called “ The Light & Shadow” lighting installation. Appropriately timed with the UN General Assembly proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), it presents the collaboration of designers Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, and Jinggoy Buensuceso with select companies to feature the growing sector of lamps and lighting.
Sure to draw fashion enthusiasts is Manila Wear, which will unveil Luxe fashion collections derived from a group of fashion designers who uses indigenous materials to create bespoke items. Manila Wear is a branding initiative which aims to position the Philippine fashion industry in the market.
Still aimed at promoting local exports in the world market, the Manila FAME International Hall brings together under one roof exhibitors from different countries, tapping the international as well as the local markets. It provides a fresh sourcing venue for trade buyers from around the world who come regularly to Manila FAME.
Fortifying CITEM’s commitment in upholding the global competitiveness of Philippine products, on the other hand, is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) of DTI, a priority project of the government to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions. This edition, OTOP manufacturers will team up with designers to showcase latest collections from different regions.
Katha Awards, the hallmark of Philippine design excellence, will open the 61st edition of Manila FAME through the recognition of companies whose product designs and innovation combine the ideals of form and function. Katha Awards has sought to inspire and challenge Philippine exporters and designers to innovate and develop designs and products competitive and comparative to its counterparts in the world market.
For more information on Manila FAME, interested parties can visit http://www.manilafame.com or email email@example.com.
Hot-tipped as the country to take the 2015 prize at the International Fashion Showcase, the Philippines returns to London this February 19-24 after leaving a powerful, lasting impression at last year’s IFS, the world’s largest public fashion exhibition. Fashion Philippines is now equipped with collections inspired by the mythical creatures in Philippine folklore.
The Fashion Philippines participation at IFS is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). “As envisioned by CITEM, the design (of the Philippine Pavilion at the IFS) is inspired by Philippine folklore, showcasing jusi, abaca, hemp and pineapple fibers and capiz shells but in a contemporary and sophisticated twist to highlight interesting textures and unusual shapes that capture the essence of various mythical creatures,” said CITEM Executive Director, Rosvi C. Gaetos.
The team of six young rising designers showcasing their talent at Brewer Street Car Park includes Jaggy Glarino, John Herrera, Ken Samudio, Michelline Syjuco, Renan Pacson and Tony Evan. Led by widely known Philippine set and costume designer Gino Gonzales, they have come up with a theatrical and thought-provoking rendition of the fascinating tales and legends that dominate culture and society.
Jaggy Glarino is making a name for himself with his outstanding and intricately-woven knitwear. His innovative use of organic cotton yarns from pineapple and jute – combined with his skilled hands and keen attention to detail liberates flat patterns creating varied textures and dimensions. Jaggy’s IFS collection will champion indigenous fibres and weaves from the Philippines with its multi-dimensional approach through experimentation, and skillful play of fabrics and techniques.
John is carving his own niche in the Philippine fashion Industry for his skills in laser-cut fabric manipulation. His unique pieces use indigenous materials such as banana fibre, pineapple silk, and silk cocoon to help support traditional weavers from the province of Lumban, Quezon. He believes that the magic in his every creation lies in his hands as a pattern maker. In the IFS show, John seeks to promote the use of indigenous Philippine textiles with his fashion forward silhouettes and skilled technical construction.
Ken Samudio – is a marine biologist-turned-accessory designer – is constantly inspired by the diversity in the coastal and reef system of the islands of the Philippines. His pieces – created with up-cycled beads made from plastic bottles and recycled glass combined with bamboo and abaca – earned him critical acclaim at the IFS 2014. Without any formal education in fashion, Ken continues to thrive in the industry armed only with his raw talent, determination and innate creativity.
Michelline was born into a family of artists. Her passion is creating life size sculptures made of wood and metal. In IFS, Michelline will create hand-forged accessory pieces made from fallen trees during the last belt of super typhoons that hit the Philippines and hundred-year-old woods taken from old railroad tracks and heritage houses. These will be used in combination with recycled bullet shells, metal sheets, nuts, bolts, and other pre-fabricated metal parts and fixtures. Michelline aspires to elevate the state of experimental fashion in the Philippines, and ultimately, around the world.
Renan firmly embraces his roots in his designs and felt compelled to ‘give something back’ to his hometown in the province of Nueva Ecija. To support the livelihood of single mothers in his community in San Antonio, he employs them to sew pieces for him. He is also part of the One-Town-One Shoe project, which helps sustain the traditional shoe making in his community. His IFS collection will show his mastery of creating luxury street-wear and skillfully mixing local fibres.
Tony Evan has learned to developed restraint and a good eye for editing his works. His designs convey stories through the use of simple lines and the careful placement of seams. Rapt by religious images and Biblical symbolism, Tony creates headpieces from unorthodox materials: cables, drinking straws, natural fibers and tree bark. Tony’s pieces for the IFS are meant to hold a heightened sense of drama, touching on historical and cultural references.
Set to be bigger and better than ever before this 2015, the International Fashion Showcase is a fashion exhibition which runs in parallel with London Fashion Week. It is a joint venture between the British Council and British Fashion Council presenting 110 emerging designers from nearly 30 countries.
The CITEM-led Philippine participation at IFS London is in partnership with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-London, the commercial arm of the Philippine Embassy in the UK.
For more information, visit the Fashion Philippines microsite.
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International fashion icon Josie Natori leads Manila Wear‘s island –inspired collection at the 60th edition of Manila Fame on October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Manila Wear is a platform for the country’s finest collections of tropical and resort wear collections of apparel, accessories, and other wearables infused with traditional yet contemporary elements.
For this edition, Natori unifies 10 of the country’s most celebrated apparel designers to present fashion collections in a special setting that will feature Luxe’s timeless, and universal fashion pieces. The select group of designers as principal proponents in the local fashion industry are: Ivarluski Aseron, Avel Bacudio, JC Buendia, Rhett Eala, Cesar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, and Lulu Tan-Gan.
Filipinos’ mastery in handicraft is exemplified in a separate special setting withthe collaboration of rising designers Amina Aranaz, Len Cabili, Tipay Caintic, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Emi Jorge, Adante Leyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Anne Saguil, Ken Samudio, Michelline Syjuco, and Nicole Whisenhunt.
Manila Wear’s collective designersare set tocapture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, will redefine the Philippine fashion as Asia’s Premier Design and Lifestyle Event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from home, holiday, and fashion sectors.
Over the years the Philippines has shown that is has the undeniable talent and artisanship to match, and even surpass, the movers and shakers in the global fashion industry. Designers and designs alike shine in the international fashion stage, each representing the multi-faceted Philippine fashion that, at its core, culls inspiration from its diverse culture, age-old tradition, and exquisite craftsmanship, translating them into designs that are relevant today.
At Fashion Access 2013, Fashion Philippines brings together some of the best in the industry, showing off Philippine fashion through contemporary design sensibilities, high-level artisanship, and Philippine style.
In this first foray to Fashion Access, Fashion Philippines is set to showcase fashion items that highlight the country’s artisanal skills, providing a glimpse of the Philippines inimitable design talent in apparel, fashion wearables, and jewelry. Taking Fashion Philippines to one of the premier international fairs in the world serves to sustain the Philippines as a destination for quality and expertly designed and crafted products, all the while making it known that the Philippine fashion is a thriving, creative, and driven industry.
The Philippine participation also features designs from Manila Wear, a uniquely Filipino brand for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local resources with a sensibility akin to a tropical/resort feel. Featured designers include Adante Leyesa, Amina Aranaz, Anne Saguil, Arnel Papa, Ken Samudio, and Dennis Lustico.
Fashion Philippines will also feature designs from Almar Shell Industries; Armyths International Fashion Design; Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc.; Crystal Seas Handwoven and Handcrafted Products; Imperial Nova Corp.; Itica Inc.; J.E.R. Shellcraft; Kilus Foundation Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Kitsilver; Larone Crafts, Inc.; MelRose O; Nooks Manufacturing International Coorporation; Omaque Arts and Crafts; Orient Meadow Export Corp.; PLV Trading; and Raw Earth Collections by Silnag.
See Fashion Philippines and Manila Wear at Fashion Access, 25 – 27 September 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Also, don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for Manila FAME and find more of Philippine fashion, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.