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Manila FAME is best-kept secret of global lifestyle brands

  • Manila FAME’s 70 editions of design excellence has captured the discerning taste of the international lifestyle market.
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International buyers peruse the product display at the April 2019 edition of Manila FAME.

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.

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Fakih N.P., Managing Director of the Fakih Group of Companies 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.

 

61st Manila FAME gears up for a bigger show

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (Stone vase in gilded gold finish by Stanley Ruiz for Lightworks, Lilypad hanging lamp by Leeroy New for Hive, Cubico coffee table and tall side table by Industria, Brown full length dress and indigo cocktail dress made of cotton, viscose, and linen by Josie Natori)

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (In photo: Stone vase in gilded gold finish by Stanley Ruiz for Lightworks, Lilypad hanging lamp by Leeroy New for Hive, Cubico coffee table and tall side table by Industria, Brown full length dress and indigo cocktail dress made of cotton, viscose, and linen by Josie Natori)

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.

Home and décor items at Manila FAME 60th edition   (Schema's booth last October 2014)

Home and décor items at Manila FAME 60th edition (In photo: Schema’s booth last October 2014)

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.

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (Folk Theory cabinets with silkscreened patterns on recycled newspaper and wood wrapped in craft board, by Stanley Ruiz for Craft Mill, Inc., Labyrinth Floor Lamps with powder-coated steel and the geometric pattern etched on acrylic by Stanley Ruiz for Venzon Lighting, Panel by Tara Designs)

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (In photo: Folk Theory cabinets with silkscreened patterns on recycled newspaper and wood wrapped in craft board, by Stanley Ruiz for Craft Mill, Inc., Labyrinth Floor Lamps with powder-coated steel and the geometric pattern etched on acrylic by Stanley Ruiz for Venzon Lighting, Panel by Tara Designs)

“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.

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (Cubico single chairs made of forged black iron by Industria, side table by Contemporaneo and Chanalli, vase by Asia Ceramics)

Manila FAME’s Design Philippines scenography at the October 2014 edition. (In photo: Cubico single chairs made of forged black iron by Industria, side table by Contemporaneo and Chanalli, vase by Asia Ceramics)

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.

Zatellite pendant lamps by Schema

                                                           Zatellite pendant lamps by Schema

Urban pendant lamps by Schema

                                                              Urban pendant lamps by Schema

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.

Manila Wear’s island-inspired collection at Manila FAME’s October 2014 edition. (Multi-coloured clutches made of Monaco cotton crochet thread by Carissa Evangelista for the Beatriz brand)

Manila Wear’s island-inspired collection at Manila FAME’s October 2014 edition. (In photo: Multi-coloured clutches made of Monaco cotton crochet thread by Carissa Evangelista for the Beatriz brand)

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 inquiries@manilafame.com.ph.