Artisanship is natural to the innately creative Filipino, but without the right avenues to promote their products, they will remain as anonymous craftsmen instead of turning their art into sources of income that can reach markets all the way to the other side of the world. The talent and craftsmanship are already a given, but what artisans need are the right platforms to globally expand their market. So how can Pinoy craftsmen and artisans expand their market globally?
Master your craft
Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious.” Artisans are an exclusive community of thinkers, builders and creators who should meet other like minded people every once in a while to showcase their products and connect with potential clients. By mastering their craft, no matter how simple or complex they think it is, artisans can be known to a wider community and become the go to person for buyers and exporters.
Eyes glued to their phones, fingers tied to keyboards and derriere planted to their desk, millennials are very well known for their amusement to technology and everything they can do with it. They no longer hold interest in traditional forms of art, and if they ever do, these crafts will stay only at the very bottom of their online cloud storage, never to be seen again. Many craft studios are now putting up websites and online shops in order to reach more people and gather more clients. Innovating your craft by selling them at trade shows in creative ways can attract the market to patronize their products. Embracing technology not only allows artisans to connect with their clients in other parts of the world, but also attract the younger audience to patronize their products.
A lot of artists specialize in oil painting, others in weaving and pottery, attest to the fact that each one of them is unique and deserves attention and publicity. And with the right platform, artisans and entrepreneurs can reach out to the people they aim to cater to. Trade shows help artists sell their products to the international market, while still encouraging them to be true to their art, by encouraging them to exhibit products that are unique and innovative.
Build your connections
Local trade shows allow Filipino artisans to meet clients and fellow craftsmen from all over the world. Manila FAME is poised to become a collective of creative enterprises representing the best of the Philippines’ home, fashion, holiday gifts, and visual arts sector, making it the perfect platform to sell your products and build a network.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade organizers founded 90 years ago.
Take your craft to the next level and find new ideas, techniques and materials the world has never seen before. Catch Manila FAME on October 19-21, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City. The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME. Registration for interested exhibitors are still open. For more information, visit the official website at http://www.manilafame.com.
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
The 57th edition of Manila FAME brought together some of the Philippines’ best fashion designers that embodies the Filipino creativity and craftsmanship.
Showcased at Manila Wear are creations by Filipino designers under the curatorial leadership of fashion icon Josie Natori, who says: “I’m so proud of all these very talented young designers…It’s a great opportunity for every one of them to be able to show their personality and show their best. I think it’s time that the world knows about the creativity and the wonderful products they can get from Philippine designers. FAME has been an amazing venue for that. Just exciting to see all these creativity in one booth.”
Here’s a sampler:
Celebrate pure Filipino talent and shop to your heart’s content!
Visit Manila Wear and be inspired by Filipino talent and artistry. Manila FAME is open until 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The Filipino Fashion Industry makes a big comeback during Manila FAME’s March edition. In celebration of Filipino Artisanship, CITEM unveils “Manila Wear.” It will be led by international designer Josie Natori herself, it will showcase unique and beautiful masterpieces designed by 20 noted Filipino apparel and accessories designers.
Manila Wear unveiled the creations of the designers during Manila FAME’s “Manila Night” last March 14, 2012 at the SMDC Grand Showroom. Manila Night is an event exclusive for it’s buyers and special guests.
One of the night’s highlights was the Manila Wear Fashion show featuring the designs from noted Filipino fashion designers.
Well-known apparel designers’ Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Jojie Lloren, Inno Sotto, Cesar Gaupo, JC Buendia, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, OJ Hofer and Vic Barba showcased their creations during Manila Night.
Manila Wear also featured fashion accessories designed by the following designers: Joel Escober, Joyce Makitalo, Maco Custodio, Arnel Papa, Lulu Tan-Gan, Gerry Sunga, Jun Artajo, TC Alvarez, Patrice Ramos-Diaz and Adante Leyesa.
These fashion masterpieces and more can also be seen at Manila FAME’s Manila Wear setting at the second floor exhibition halls.