- 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.
- The preeminent design and lifestyle show opens its doors to local and international buyers
Manila FAME, the country’s premiere sourcing destination for home, lifestyle and design products is slated to open today, April 25 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City and will run until Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the three-day event will champion Filipino ingenuity as it highlights globally competitive products from more than 300 exhibitors. Industries featured are furniture and furnishings, home accents, gift items, festive season décor, fashion accessories and wearables, handwoven and converted items, interior and architectural components, and visual arts.
The exhibitors this edition are a diverse mix of industry veterans and upcoming, aspiring enterprises. There will also be 36 foreign exhibitors in this edition coming from Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste), China and India.
The show is expecting thousands of local and international trade buyers as over 900 buyers already signified their attendance. This presents an increase of 27% from last year’s buyer count, with the pre-registration rate normally accounting for just 30% of the actual buyer attendance. More are anticipated to come at the actual trade fair with the United States, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and France as the top visiting countries this edition.
What’s Fresh at the Manila FAME April 2019 edition
For the first time, the Manila FAME tapped some of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designers to showcase the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. The show gathered 22 online businesses in the Fashion E-Tailer special setting not only to entice the young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts but to level up its online promotion initiative.
Heritage Reimagined takes centerstage this April
To commemorate over 30 years of cultural inheritance and to prepare the groundwork for the 70th staging this October, the trade show took on a nostalgic theme this April. Manila FAME will present the most iconic and forward-looking pieces from the past and infuse them with the vision of the new to create an exciting collection that honors a legacy of design excellence.
“We looked at the best products from the past and gave it a modern flair through our new breed of designers that were very keen to help us this edition,” said CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
To follow through with this endeavor, CITEM invited design, fashion, editorial and entrepreneurial luminaries within the creative community to sit as consultants and product developers for the Design Commune. The team is expected to lend a fresh perspective to Manila FAME.
The Design Commune special setting is now on its fourth run in Manila FAME. Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy. For this April, it will feature products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.
The product development designers who are involved in this edition are Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.
These designers have established formidable names in the design and lifestyle sectors and now they are giving back to their community by helping MSMEs go further in the international market.
Manila FAME, a signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Held biannually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.
- DTI-CITEM appoints Vince Uy as the new Creative Director for its upcoming signature event, Manila FAME
MANILA, Philippines – Multihyphenate style savant Vince Uy is certainly no stranger when it comes to blending different fashion elements and color palettes and turning them into a cohesive eye-catching look. He is known for being a master of the color story and has worked alongside high caliber brands and the country’s A-list celebrities.
Aside from being a fashion stylist, he is also a recognized social media & design influencer, entrepreneur, content creator, former Uniqlo brand ambassador and, to round things off, the former executive creative director for Summit Media and Preview Magazine. This impressive roster of titles has made him particularly qualified for his new role as the Creative Director for the 69th edition of Manila FAME on April 25-27, 2019.
The theme for this upcoming edition is “Heritage Reimagined” which presents the unique task of reviving iconic design elements and reintroducing them through a fresh and modern perspective. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Uy leads the efforts to highlight the Philippines’ classic and traditional design sensibilities and reintroduce them with a 21st century filter.
“We were all inspired by different perspectives and different points of view,” Uy said. “What’s good to know is that we have a treasure trove of really good design.”
Joining him on this endeavor is a diverse team of Product Development Designers from the country’s top talents. This includes industrial designer Stanley Ruiz, interior designer Nix Alañon, fashion editor and brand consultant André Chang, lifestyle and industrial designer PJ Arañador and shoe and accessories designer Maco Custodio.
“When we were brainstorming and talking about which directions to take this year, we were all in unison and in agreement that we wanted to play with color,” explained Uy on how he and his team approached this year’s theme.
In line with the new direction, updated visuals were needed to properly represent the legacy of Manila FAME and the rich heritage of Filipino design.
“We wanted to communicate new ways of creating insights, whether it’s inspired by textile or geometric shapes,” said Uy when talking about the weave inspiration that he used in coming up with the new logo for Manila FAME.
Guided by this interpretation, Uy’s team of designers utilized a more minimalist and modernist approach towards Manila FAME’s product development initiative in collaboration with exhibitors from the country’s up and coming fashion and design brands. Visitors can find these collaborative pieces curated by Uy at the trade show’s following areas: Design Commune, Artisans Village and the Fashion E-Tailers Special Setting.
See Vince Uy’s vibrant vision brought to life on April 25-27, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.
Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com
Manila, Philippines – As the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is set to open its doors once again to thousands of international and local buyers on 25-27 April at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
The Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM), hosted an exclusive media preview at the Artellano 11 to give a sneak peek of the 69th edition of Manila FAME.
According to DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan, this April edition will have ‘Heritage Reimagined’ as its theme featuring iconic and forward-looking collections under Manila FAME from its over 30 years run as it showcases more than 300 home and lifestyle brands.
“The recent nostalgia over past trends and the revival or reinvention of iconic design pieces are going back in style,” she noted. “It is through this resurgence of design sensibilities that we will redefine and showcase our heritage of Philippine design. Our goal is to highlight the most iconic styles and elements of past products and reintroduce them through modern interpretations.”
Manila FAME has positioned itself as the country’s best venue to discover Filipino design talents, raw materials, craftsmanship and service, and as a trade fair where buyers and visitors can experience the trademark hospitality of Filipinos.
Suaco-Juan said this April edition furthers the government’s mission to support local companies in introducing their products to the international market and effectively promote the Philippines as a premier sourcing destination for furniture, home and holiday décor, fashion, health and wellness and food as gifts sectors.
“This media preview is just a teaser of the exciting showcase and export products from more than 300 exhibitors this edition,” she said. “Join us as we take a look back at the cultural and design foundations that built and paved the way for our artists today and celebrate a legacy of Filipino design excellence.”
As seen from the media preview, here are five things that visitors and buyers should look forward to in the event:
In a bid to continually up its game, CITEM called on design, fashion, editorial and entrepreneurial forces within the creative community to sit as consultants for design commune this edition. Most of them are very new to this role therefore offering a fresh perspective to Manila FAME.
Leading the thematic showcase of ‘Heritage Reimagined’ is creative director Vince Uy under the Design Commune special setting in its fourth run in Manila FAME. For this April, it will feature products from 115 Philippine brands and manufacturers that have undergone product development and curation to meet the aesthetics and demands of the international market.
Product development designers who were involved in this edition were Stanley Ruiz for home and lighting; Nix Alañon for furniture and lighting; André Chang for fashion; and PJ Arañador and Maco Custodio for the home and fashion sectors of the Artisans Village.
These luminaries already made a mark in the design and lifestyle sector and now they are using their talents to help MSMEs go further in the international market.
Following the launch of Touchpoint last year, Manila FAME levels up its online promotion initiative with the introduction of Fashion E-Tailer special setting.
This edition will feature some of the country’s rising online fashion entrepreneurs and designer commercial brands showcasing the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear (RTW) fashion. Young and tech-savvy fashion enthusiasts are set to be enamored by a collection of this season’s trendiest styles.
The online fashion brands to watch out for in the upcoming Manila FAME are; Nomadic Tendencies, Quiddity Leather Goods, AVA Online Group Inc., HaloHalo, Simple Sentiments PH, Baú l, Factory, Stride Collective, Toqa Fashion Studio, Tropik Beatnik, Viajecito, Annie and Lori, Anika, Randolf, Basic Movement, Coral Swimwear, Neon Island, Proudrace, and R-U-A.
The CREATE Lab is an exciting new feature designed to inspire and motivate creatives. From creating a personal logo, using stop-motion, to creative business processes, there is a lot of valuable things to learn from the CREATE Lab. It aims to provide participants with a sneak peek into the rich creative experience and networking opportunities that the next edition of CREATE Philippines will offer.
Great Women Project
The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women Project) will feature arts and crafts from women entrepreneurs that have undergone product development workshops to enhance their business management competencies, skills, or innovate existing products and expand markets through Manila FAME.
Manufacturers from Antique, Marawi and Zamboanga and Albay will be presented this edition. Manila FAME’s Artisans Village will showcase products that highlight each province’s distinctive raw materials and production techniques. Live demonstrations of how these materials are crafted and fashioned into end products will also further elevate the event.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The event is held bi-annually every April and October.
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Artisans Village spotlights the Craft of the Islands, features products from Albay, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Mindanao, Marawi City, Negros Occidental and Oriental
Jewelry boxes made from red stone marble by Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage.
As the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME serves as a platform that converges the country’s emerging artisans and design talents to showcase the distinct Filipino craftsmanship in the global market.
For its 68th edition, Manila FAME featured handcrafted products from over 60 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a special setting dedicated to homegrown products from different Philippine regions. The Artisans Village served as a testament that creativity is a native trait among Filipinos as it made its foray into the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City last October 19-21.
Under the Artisans Village are local designers and entrepreneurs that hailed from seven different provinces namely Cebu, Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, as well as the city of Marawi. Exhibiting near the setting are also the delegations from Isabela and Palawan.
Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM).
“Through the Artisans Village, trade buyers and visitors got to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich roster of traditions and talents from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
Through their product exhibits, the skills showcased under the Artisans Village are weaving, wood carving, marquetry, sculpting, metal forging and other various forms of traditional crafts.
Here are some of the exquisite product showcases from each province:
Albay showcased handcrafted soaps of various colors and scents, round bags and placemats woven from waxed corn husk and plastic straws, and shoes made from crocheted abaca and wool.
Craftsmen from Isabela brought colorful velvet bags with leather straps, pillowcases, and chairs made from Narra wood. They also showcased their painted hanging lights as well as cups and other home products made from bamboo.
Palawan had carved wood and other hand-painted human and animal figures (locally known as Tinawtaw), masks, kitchen utensils, wall décor and shields. They also showcased woven bags and dream catchers made from abaca.
As the country’s top exporting province in home and lifestyle, Cebu came to make a statement as they brought guitars made from different wood, such as Narra, Spruce, Yakal, etc. ; elegant handbags made from Capiz shells, decorative woven slippers, hanging decors made from sea shells, beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Antique featured woven placemats, baskets and bags made from repurposed Pandan leaves, which is locally known as Bariw.
Negros Oriental featured handcrafted jewelry boxes, furniture and kitchen utensils made from Capiz shells, jade, red stone and mother of pearl.
Meanwhile, artisans from Negros Occidental brought silk-made dresses and apparel, as well as flavorful food ingredients such as muscovado sugar, sea salt, and vinegar varieties
Bohol also brought cute animal-inspired pins and carved statuettes made from wood. The delegation from Bohol also offered woven lamps, bags and placemats made of abaca fiber, as well as jewelries decorated with beads, stones and painted wood.
Marawi City staged an exhibit in partnership with the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI) to showcase Folded & Hung’s “Sarimanok” collection designed by Maranaos.
The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people which originated from Mindanao, the biggest Southernmost island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari,” which means cloth or garment with assorted colors and “manok” which means chicken.
A share of profits from their exhibit goes directly to the people displaced during the Marawi siege that ended on October 23 last year.
The Maranaos also brought traditionally woven textiles, pearl jewelry, and home décor made of wood and brass metals.
Cagayan de Oro featured bags, paper made lamps and lightings, beaded earrings, wallets and baskets made from woven abaca.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is held bi-annually every April and October.
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