- Witness the rebirth of MA’I Lifestyle -the unified brand of the country’s handicraft industries in Manila FAME April 2019
Both a symbol of Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship, Manila FAME and MA’I Lifestyle are working together to position the country as the best sourcing destination for quality products and innovative designs.
The brand story
The holiday décor, and the gifts and houseware sector, collectively known as the Gifts, Décor and Houseware (GDH) industry is aiming to increase its competitiveness and strengthen its position as a premium source of unique and high-quality products both for domestic and international markets. But representing a group consisting mainly of micro- small- and medium- scale enterprises (MSMEs) that are not capable of producing their own corporate image, presents a tough challenge. Thus, the unified brand initiative was conceptualized and paved the way for the MA’I Lifestyle brand.
The MA’I Lifestyle or GDH Philippines, Inc. is composed of five business support organizations in the handicraft industries such as the Association of Negros Producers (ANP), Home Accents of the Philippines, Inc. (HAPI), Mindanao Trade Exposition (MTE), Philippine Chamber of Handicraft Exporters and Artisans, Inc. (PCHEAI) and Philippine Lifestyle, Homestyle and Holiday Décor Association, Inc. (PhiLHHDA) and supported by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s Board of Investments (DTI-BOI).
The brand name MA’I embodies Filipino craftsmanship. As far back as the 11th century, Chinese traders of the Sung Dynasty have referred to the Philippine islands and its inhabitants as MA’I. As barter and trade began to flourish between countries in Asia during the pre-colonial era, the people in our islands were among the most respected artisans in the region. This reputation defined the archipelago as a unique trading post in Asia where skills and creativity thrive.
After more than a thousand years, these skillsets and best practices that were handed down from generations to generations are still alive in the products of today.
Banking on the rich history of Philippine arts, crafts and barter, MA’I Lifestyle now represents the high-standard of quality, uniqueness of design, commitment to innovation and social responsibility.
The rebirth of MA’I Lifestyle
As the 69th edition of the Manila FAME highlights the design legacy of the show through its theme “Heritage Reimagined,” the MA’I Lifestyle will likewise relaunch its brand to promote and market Filipino handcrafted goods to the global market.
Some of the products under the MA’I Lifestyle brand will be displayed at the Design Commune Special Setting. Participating companies are Acento Collections, Craft Mill, CSM, G Designare, Natureline Enterprises, Prado Filipino Artisans, Shell Arts, Strong Faith, That One Piece, Island RKOC and Jacildo.
Mark your calendars for PH’s premiere design and lifestyle show
The Manila FAME is slated on 25-27 April 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. Show starts at 9am.
Manila FAME is a launching pad for new Filipino export products and believes in the advocacy of helping talented Filipinos gain recognition in the global design industry. It is one of the longest-running trade shows in Asia-Pacific and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the global association of the world’s leading tradeshow organizers and fairground owners, exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), organizes the Manila FAME as a signature event dedicated to Filipino design and craftsmanship.
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International product development specialist Detlef Klatt from Germany is set to transform Manila FAME with a special setting of handcrafted tabletops under the Design for Exports Program of the country’s premier design and lifestyle event Manila FAME for its 60th edition.
Manila FAME will feature a collection of tabletops, which include dinnerware, flatware, and other table accessories, produced by 17 different home design companies using different materials and techniques. The special setting, with the supervision of Klatt, is developed under CITEM’s Design for Exports Program which aims to translate trend-forward designs into products that have strong commercial value.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), organizes the bi-annual Manila FAME, which continuously nurtures and promotes Philippine design in the global market. Design for Exports is CITEM’s multi-tiered and multi-faceted assistance program that provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services.
The Design for Exports Program seeks to provide Manila FAME buyers a wider range of merchandise. With the help of this program, Manila FAME will promote and market the Philippines as Asia’s design trendsetter and as the leading source destination for creative export products and services in Asia.
“CITEM will once again excite buyers and guests to the show with the newly-revived category of tabletops. It is equally important to increase the number of exhibitors carrying ceramics and pottery and to boost the product development for natural fibers,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
Klatt will provide product and material development assistance to local manufacturers to create a diverse yet cohesive range of merchandise, particularly ceramics, pottery, and other table top categories. Klatt worked with leading home design companies including Asia Ceramics, Asia Embroidery, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Celestial Arts, Chanalli, CSM Philippines, Filtra, Globeasia Nature Industries, Maria Vinecraft, MCCA Industrial Corp., Oricon, Prado Filipino Artisans, Robles Heritage, Shell Arts, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, and TADECO Home, and assisted them in maximizing business opportunities through product development, market intelligence, and buyer matching.
As part of Klatt’s assistance on material and product development, he has embarked on visits to participating companies located in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Metro Manila, Pampanga, and Tarlac where he did an evaluation on the materials and techniques utilized by each company. Along with the assessment of each company was his introduction of the program and his concept for the special setting.
“I know the potential of this country as a source of finely crafted products. In the Philippines are materials which you will not find anywhere else. On one side, the materials and techniques show creativity. On the other side, each has a character and tells a story,” said Klatt when asked about his collaboration with the Philippine companies, adding that the companies were very open and enthusiastic to the idea of working with him to develop new products.
Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
The 60th Manila FAME is slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.