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Over 360 MSMEs gear up to showcase PH design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME October 2018

First-time buyers flock to the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event

img1.jpgHandcrafted pieces under Design Commune, one of the special setting that will return this Manila FAME October 2018.

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event will stage a bigger exhibit for its October edition with more than 360 participating micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase the design excellence and refined craftsmanship in the Philippines.

On October 19-21, the 68th edition of Manila FAME will present the best of home, lifestyle, and fashion products from the country’s leading brands and manufacturers at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), the three-day event will spotlight homegrown artisans from regional groups and grassroots communities across the country, encompassing the Philippines’ vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage.

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DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan

“Manila FAME stands as a platform for both small and established enterprises to penetrate the international market. The trade show provides exporters with the opportunity to meet with international trade buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, and merchandising agents,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.

“By helping our MSMEs land new trade deals, we are not only supporting their livelihoods, but we also create investments for the country,” she added.

Firsttime buyers surge from all over the world

Based on DTI-CITEM’s latest tally on October 10, nearly 1,300 local and international trade buyers from countries across the world have already signed up for Manila FAME October.

The top 10 countries where foreign buyers originate include the United States, Japan, Australia, India, Hongkong, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdoms, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Nigeria, respectively.

“We are also proud to announce that more than half of our confirmed trade buyers are attending Manila FAME for the first time. Their presence will be significant in catalyzing new export deals and trade partnerships for Philippine home and lifestyle brands,” Suaco-Juan emphasized.

“We are expecting more buyers to sign up as the event approaches with our aggressive buyer campaign, complemented by the renewed global appreciation for meticulous craftsmanship and eco-sustainable products in the Philippines,” she noted.

Special settings put an accent to Manila FAME

Enlivening the trade event is the third edition of Design Commune with a fresh theme that takes inspiration on nude palettes. It is set to be participated by more than 80 Philippine brands under the leadership of award-winning Filipino artists Tes Pasola and Tony Gonzales.

“Design Commune: Nude+ will exhibit a harmonious and impactful collection of home and lifestyle pieces that exude the varying tone, mood and shade of nude to strike balance on the intensity of each product and better highlight their beauty and uniqueness,” Suaco-Juan narrated.

Artistic freedom in Design Commune will be exercised under four themes: Nude+Pastel, Nude+Spice, Nude+Earth, Nude+Luster—all focusing on the barely-there shades of off-white & ivory, the palest of pinks and skin-toned hues.

Also highlighted in the event are the skillful craftsmen from the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the Marawi City under the Artisans Village setting.

“Emerging MSMEs across the country will converge to showcase the artistic capabilities and impressive crafts of local artisans and communities, each engraved with an interesting story from their place of origin,” Suaco-Juan noted.

Making a comeback this edition is the Bamboo 360 with a fresh approach in manipulating one of the country’s most ubiquitous and highly sustainable material, led by the Design Center of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA).

The Bamboo 360 program is a disruptive, conceptual presentation of the bamboo material as it speaks of adventure, exploration, and experimentation, through the application of bamboo into product collections that capture the millennials’ way of life.

Buyers and visitors can participate in four hands-on workshops hosted by artisans and advocacy groups located in the Creative Corners. Featured workshops include a three-day Leather Reborn Workshop by Asia Pacific Leather Fair Ltd.; Basic Leather Workshop by H.H.S. Leather Goods Enterprises; Traditional Craft Making by CRAFT MNL; and Solar Lamp Making Workshop by My Shelter Foundation under their A Liter of Light program.

Attendees can also check out the wide range of gourmet gifts, health & wellness products and services, and other fiber-based products from selected grassroot communities under the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is supported by the DA- Agribusiness Marketing Service (AMAS).

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. Held bi-annually every April and October, the Manila FAME covers the home, holiday and fashion sectors.

Learn more about Manila FAME on manilafame.com/. To receive show updates, follow Manila FAME on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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DTI, GREAT Women partner to elevate PH women-led artisans in the int’l lifestyle scene

mf2Women artisans of Resilience One Butterfly Enterprise, one of the GREAT Women beneficiaries of Manila FAME April 2018

Women micro entrepreneurs will receive additional capability support as they prepare to showcase their products in the upcoming Manila FAME show on April 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

In time for the national women’s month, the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions and the Design Center of the Philippines, partnered with the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for Transformation of Women Project 2 (GREAT Women Project 2) to develop the export capabilities of 30 female-led companies.

Women micro-entrepreneurs under the program will undergo a series of need-based capability building and training sessions, as well as product development and management mentoring from CITEM and Design Center.

GREAT Women Project 2 is a development and enterprise platform launched by the Philippine Commission on Women in collaboration with the DTI Project Management Team and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The initiative highlights the importance of bolstering the capacity of women as entrepreneurs while providing them with support in developing new products to target specific markets and raise their businesses’ overall competitiveness. Additionally, it seeks to promote women’s economic leadership and empowerment as it develops women leaders through small enterprise development initiatives.

“Empowering women entrepreneurs and artisans will lead to the empowerment of the businesses ensuring that economic progress in developing countries like Philippines is linked to individual prosperity, gender equality, and shared opportunity,” said GREAT Women National Coordinator Marcelina Alcantara.

She added that the project provides women companies with a wider venue for national and international promotions, business-related trainings and workshops, and, most importantly, enhances their self-confidence, economic decision making, and social empowerment.

Manila FAME creative director Tony Gonzales will head the initiative and will work with design experts from Design Center. One collection between five to seven items will be worked on per company to be debuted at the upcoming Manila FAME show.

 “It’s all about maximizing what the buyers can purchase from the Philippines. We’re working with these women micro-enterprises to expand their product selections and offer a wider range of items for the trade buyers this upcoming Manila FAME,” said DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.

“Working with the Design Center of the Philippines will provide these women with essential export capabilities in terms of design and quality, essentially supporting their sustainability and standing in the international market,” she added.

In addition, Design Center noted that the project goes beyond just product development. It looks to provide business opportunities to MSMEs when they join Manila FAME, while also highlighting the design capability of the Philippines as a supplying nation.

mf3Sen. Bam Aquino with GREAT Women Project 2 officers at their special setting during the 66th edition of Manila FAME

Under Gonzales’ creative guidance, the GREAT Women Project 2 will adopt the Manila FAME’s direction in incorporating Philippine aesthetics with mainstream design trends as a means of raising the marketability of the companies to international buyers.

The Manila FAME April 2018 show will mark GREAT Women Project 2’s third participation at the Philippines’ premier lifestyle and design event.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

 

Contemporary meets artisanal crafts at Manila FAME April 2018 show

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Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design trade event, is set to open its doors once again to deliver a curated show built upon the intertwine of Philippine culture, design excellence, and export promotions on April 19-21, 2018 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Now on its 67th edition, the show will stand as a collective of creative enterprises, featuring versatile artisanal products attuned for the modern setting from the country’s top home, fashion, holiday, and gifts designers and manufacturers.

More than 1,200 products were launched during the October 2017 show and the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions, the proud organizer of Manila FAME, is aiming to increase the number of new products in its April 2018 show through multiple product development programs.

“CITEM seeks to further elevate the marketability of local crafts to cement the Philippines as a premier sourcing destination for lifestyle and design products,” said Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran, CITEM Deputy Executive Director.

“Working together with some of the country’s best designers and other government agencies, we provide support to our micro, small, and medium enterprises to stand in the international market through incorporating local traditional materials and techniques with contemporary design aesthetics,” she added.

A number of show features from the 66th edition of Manila FAME will return to the April 2018 show, including the highly praised Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes and the GREAT Women Project 2.

Multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed designer Tony Gonzales will serve as the creative director for Manila FAME and lead for its product development programs.

Design Commune will continue to explore design and market trends for its second installation, working with some of the best and emerging designers and manufactures from across the country.

Following the themes Ethnic Nomad Autumn and Spring, Neutral Metals, Neutral Blues, and Tints of Green for its second installation, the setting will deliver a versatile collection to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points set by the international market.

GREAT Women Project 2, an effort by the Philippine Commission on Women and the DTI Project Management Team, will present artisanal products from local women-led enterprises in support of women empowerment and businesses.

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Showcasing contemporary furniture, home decors, and fashion pieces, the Artisans Village, a staple of Manila FAME, has stood as a platform for MSMEs to introduce their products to global audiences.

Another Manila FAME constant, Manila Wear will collocate the Philippines top and most promising designers. The special setting aims to promote the country as an advocate of individualized and personal style of fashion.

“Through these program, we look to nurture and further hone the crafts of our design talents. We want to support the sustainability of our grassroot communities and push forward the design imprint of our country,” said Mediran.

World-renowned PH designers explore design trends at Manila FAME

Design trends have always been ambivalent in nature, remaining unusually predictable and uncertain with every shift. As easily as they come, a trend emerges and seeps its way across the design branches effectively dictating the product selection and overall demand in the market.

tony gonzalesDesigner Tony Gonzales

Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, has been witness to countless trends that has grazed the lifestyle and design industry. For its 66th edition on Oct. 20 – 22, the three-day trade event will explore product marketability and trends in its special setting, Design Commune, under the direction of internationally renowned designer Tony Gonzales.

Design Commune will feature items from more than 60 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) across the country and will center around four market-oriented themes based on mainstream trends: Greens, Blues & Whites, Ethnic Nomad, and Naturals.

“The Green has been coming strong for the last two or three years. Back then, it was influenced by people’s desire to cook. They become weekend chefs and everybody just loved to cook,” Gonzales explained.

“This time, the trend has shifted to gardening. Buildings have greenhouses on their rooftops, people grow herbs, cactuses, and succulents in their houses. We created a variety of pots to cater to this, anything for the garden that can also be used as a home décor.”

Gonzales comments that Naturals and Blues & Whites have long been mainstream influencers. Natural tones saw a rise in the fashion and lifestyle industry for its simplicity and versatility, while the Blues & Whites had been a constant driver of color choices for home décor, personal products, and gifts.

Meanwhile, Ethnic Nomad takes inspiration from one of the biggest macro trends of recent, travelling. As young adults have adapted the need to travel, they gravitated from the consumerism-filled lifestyle. This movement was then followed by fashion houses who continued to look to the organic beauty of the earth the vast cultures it holds.

 “We’ve created a theme that takes inspiration from different ethnic cultures and colors without actively showing a particular country. It’s a mixture of ethnic influences. There’s a bit from South America and of course, from our very own Igorot and Tagbanwa,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales worked with a number of designers to support the product development stage of the companies. Tes Pasola, Detlef Klatt, Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, Conrad de Leon, Leo Saño, and Reine Shih were among the Filipino designers who took part in Design Commune.

Products from A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics, Celestial Arts, Inc., Finali Furniture and Home Accessories, Kit Silver, Nature’s Legacy Eximport, and Prado Filipino Artisans among others will be featured in the boutique-style setting from October 20 – 22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

“We didn’t design for ourselves as artists or designers. We designed for the companies as our way to support their livelihood,” Gonzales said.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/