- Manila FAME’s 70 editions of design excellence has captured the discerning taste of the international lifestyle market.
As one of the longest running trade shows in Asia, Manila FAME in its 35 years of service to the Philippine exports industry has earned its reputation as a premiere destination for design and lifestyle products.
“Though not familiar to many, Manila FAME is already one of the best-kept secret sourcing hubs of big global names in the industry. With its decades of experience, Manila FAME has witnessed many locally-manufactured products to be featured and sold in major boutiques and retail outlets all around the globe,” said Pauline Suaco-Juan, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
International brands source some of their products in Manila FAME.
Some of the major companies are the Gordon Companies, Inc.; Williams Sonoma; Crate and Barrel; Pottery Barn; TJX – USA; In-Sattva Ventures, Inc.; Nan Inc.; and Silk Road Bazaar from the USA. Manila FAME also caters to brands in Asian countries such as Japan and Singapore. Some of them are the Conde House Co. Ltd., Casselini, Craft Hiro Co. Ltd., Nonaka Co. Ltd. and Abiste Corporation from Japan while Shangri-La Singapore, Miaja Design Group and Super Donut Studio are from Singapore.
Canada’s Craft Talk and Cambio & Co. and United Kingdoms’ Harrods, N. Studio Ltd., Suki Cheema Studio Ltd., and Land Union likewise buy from the Manila FAME. The show also welcomes buyers from Ancora Designs, Issara Designs Australia, Kalahari Fair Trade and Darlin Aust PTY. Ltd. from Australia and Al Abbas Group, CDA Exports, Javaherian Group, Leader LLC, Deco Vision Company and Fakih Group of Companies from the United Arab Emirates.
“I have attended almost 18 Manila FAME’s, and, in each visit, I am seeing products that are upgrading every time. Every year, the show is giving more and more emphasis on eco-friendly products. Philippine arts and crafts are a current trend in the UAE because based on all the hotels and restaurants, a lot of architects and designers are now promoting Philippine designs and models, shared Fakih N.P., Managing Director of the Fakih Group of Companies, a buyer from UAE.
“Your designers are really unique. Congratulations for putting up a good show with excellent product categories. Global designs can take inspiration from the Manila FAME, he added.
First-time buyer Lindsey Van from the Navy Exchange Stores based in the Island of Guam also visited the Philippines and the Manila FAME for the first time to source products for a pop-up concept shop they are planning for their customers who travel around the world.
“I think your products are really phenomenal. We are very excited about your unique collection of products and I think the organizers have done a really good job of curating them from all over the Philippines to cover multiple categories of business,” Van explained.
“I’ve shopped for fashion apparel, accessories, home decor, home goods, and furniture. I really enjoyed the wide variety and elevated level of products that your country offers. This is a great first-time experience for me,” she ended.
The Manila FAME is slated on October 17-19, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It will gather more than 300 exporters and manufacturers of home and lifestyle products. Exciting features such as the Design Commune’s Heritage Reimagined, Artisans Village, Eco-Lifestyle and the Fashion E-Tailer special setting are just some of the highlights to look forward to in the upcoming show.
The Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its export promotion arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). The Manila FAME also received a funding support from the congressional initiative of Former Senator now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda who serves as the Congresswoman of the lone district of Antique.
Recognized as the home of Filipino creatives and manufacturers, Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier sourcing destination for high-quality artisanal products. The show serves as the cultivating ground and springboard for innovative, top-of-the-line Philippine products and the gateway for designers to break through key international markets. Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.
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.
Walking around the SMX Convention Center during the 60th Manila FAME, you can’t help but praise the craftsmanship of the Filipinos. You see the product of exhibitors working hard day and night to come up with innovative designs.
With her kind personality and eye-catching showcase, one of the exhibitors that caught the eyes of various buyers was Kit Silver Jewelry and its owner and designer, Milagros Imson. The handcrafted jewelry and accessories line was founded back in 1980 in Meycauayan, Bulacan. They started out producing mainly gold jewelry and soon expanded to silver and brass, with the latter capturing the larger market resulting in a more successful business.
Starting out locally in bazaars, they have made their way to becoming a big time exporter in the industry with well-known buyers coming mainly from Dubai and Paris. Recognized for its intricate craftsmanship, Kit Silver Jewelry won the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Jewelry for their Feather Agate by Lafina Moda back in 2012.
Milagros Imson gets her inspiration from nature, particularly from the bark of trees, using junk pieces and transforming them into fine jewelry. She showed one particular impressive purse with a handle made out of the metal at the back of a refrigerator.
This 60th Manila FAME, she showcases the “Balabal,” a piece that definitely was the most attention-catching with several personalities purchasing and inquiring details about it.
Kit Silver Jewelry can be found at Booth K2-K3 on the second floor here at the 60th edition of Asia’s premier design and lifestyle event opened till the 19th of October here at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
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.
This October, Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, will usher in a new season of design and craftsmanship presenting its all-Philippine brand to the global market, highlighting new designs, innovations, and talents. In the midst of it all is Manila Wear, a fashion brand unique to the Philippines, featuring the best designers in the country to showcase their designs at Manila FAME.
A branding initiative for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local materials, Manila Wear embodies a truly Filipino design sensibility that is synonymous with tropical/resort wear. International fashion icon Josie Natori leads a select group of designers in creating remarkable Manila Wear pieces for the world.
Josie Natori is a renowned international designer and CEO of the NATORI, a lifestyle brand that include lingerie, ready-to-wear apparel, home accents, fragrance, and eyewear, selling to upscale department stores in the US, and to at least 15 countries internationally. She leads Manila Wear with a passion for fashion and Filipino heritage, guiding both up-and-coming and seasoned designers in creating fashion objects that truly define the Philippines.
For October, Manila Wear will feature creations from Philippine fashion’s creative minds: Jun Artajo, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Happy Andrada, Leaonor Cabili, Lally Dizon, Carissa Cruz Evangelista, Joel Escober, Emi Jorge, Natalya Lagdameo, Adante Layesa, Dennis Lustico, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Ken Samudio, and Nicole Whisehunt.
Manila Wear will also feature a special setting of editorial pieces from designers Olivia D’Aboville, Wataru Sakuma, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Eric delos Santos, Twinkle Ferraren, and Wawi Navarrosa.
See all their design showcases at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines and stay tuned for more stories on Manila Wear and its featured designers here on FAME Speak, The Official Blog of Manila FAME.
For more information on Manila FAME, visit www.manilafame.com