Emerging brands at Kultura’s design studio

Visitors to Kultura’s Filipino design studio at The Podium’s Kultura store got a glimpse of exciting emerging brands from young entrepreneurs, giving audiences more reason to celebrate the creativity and artistry of Filipinos.

Cultural advocate Irene Marcos-Araneta with Ivy Yap (right) and Felicia Trinidad (left) of Kultura and Millie Dizon of SM at the launch of Kultura’s Filipino design studio at The Podium

As a space for inspiration and community showcasing a specially curated selection of over 50 high-end guest brands and designers, the month-long event immersed customers in fine Filipino craftsmanship from all regions, with a luxurious and beautifully curated collection of modern Filipiniana, statement jewelry, unique accessories and stylish interior design showcasing the best local brands and artisans.

Here, exquisite modern Filipino pieces from Rhett Eala, Ilaya Couture, Nuevo Ystilo, Raffaella and En Barong Filipino were showcased alongside innovative guest brands that give Filipino design a new perspective.

Ken Samudio, who has been featured in Vogue Italia, WWD, L’Officiel, Glamor and Cosmopolitan USA, creates upcycled beadwork art made from plastic water bottles, recycled sea glass and other sustainable indigenous materials. Her accessories explore the natural, organic forms found in nature by mimicking distinct textures using indigenous and recycled materials.

From left to right: Jenica Sy of JIM Weaver, Mischel Ocier Mendoza and Isabelle Ocier present elegant silk scarves inspired by our people, our culture and our heritage

Other emerging brands include JIM Weaver’s elegant silk scarves inspired by our people, culture and heritage, including the Jim Weaver x Francis Libiran collection; Flutter Jewelry’s statement earrings using traditional beading techniques; Matthew and Melka accessories inspired by local flora and fauna; chic jewelry in copper wire and precious stones by Mjoiran.

These emerging brands also work with communities and promote sustainability. There are hand-woven embroidered fabrics made by Abra communities for Strong Mina; beautiful bags and accessories made from colorful recycled single-use plastic grocery bags and other discarded plastics by Virtucio; eco-fashion bags made from ethically sourced carabao horns by Kara de Juan; and Shepard’s natural personal care products.

From left to right: Steven Tan of SM, Ivy Yap of Kultura and Arnold Co of ATIN

The Filipino design studio also presents items for the home. Haspe’s innovative handcrafted furniture design using wood and solihiya; hand-painted home accessories from Art of Gold; Millie Monday’s interior design inspired by nature in the tropics; ATIN’s decorative plates and diffusers inspired by Filipino culture; tableware and decoration in rattan and bamboo from Maison Grid Plus; and linens, kitchen utensils and other home products from The Fine Life Market.

Kultura’s Filipino design studio is open until September 30 at Kultura, 3rd Podium Level, Ortigas.

Joseph E. Golightly