Maybe “hoard” is a controversial word. Since Marie Kondo reminded us to hold on to things that “spark joy,” we need to be considerate of the choices we make when shopping. Why am I saying this now? Simply because I know the rush of the Christmas season and sales has got you spending on yourself and your loved ones.
I do highly encourage getting your retail therapy via local brands. With the rising consciousness over-responsible shopping, supporting local remains to be the first tenant. You’re allowing start-up businesses to thrive and supporting your own economy. Plus, start-up brands always seem to have the most unique pieces. I do believe that most trends tend to trickle up from the creative minds of eager entrepreneurs.
Frankie & Friends aims to be a hub for Filipino brands that promote ingenuity, sustainability, and social responsibility. There’s a sense of community in mind. Every brand has its own story, powered by designers who are earnest in filling a need in the market. And not it’s not because of the big bucks. It’s to be of service to others.
You may be a little lost with their brands. Not that it’s a bad thing. Here are my top three picks to check out, especially for the best in fashion and decor.
I’m a big Ta LouLou fan. The “Darla” dress, in particular, is the ideal sundress for casual days. It’s also something you can style up for nights out and fancy occasions.
Ta LouLou, however, started out with darling pieces for little girls. It sweet and special for the young ones plus would make for awesome gifts to your nieces. Do I hear Best Aunt/Uncle award when you give this?
Comfy shoes made with ethically handmade and local materials? Look no further than Munimuni Studio. If you’re a shoeholic, prepare yourself as you’ll surely get more than a few pairs from them. With silhouettes that can go with your favorite denim but also work well with a midi skirt and crisp top, there’s a chance this will be your new closet staple.
Think bags made for the tropical girl. Splashproof totes and bucket bags are what Viajecito. The Classic Tote to stash your bikini, suntan lotion, and towel while the Splashkit is made for those who wanna be hands-free while on vacation. You can also pack everything you need for a getaway in their Weekender Duffel.
It’s all true to the brands “Made for Weekends” ethos. Not that you will be able to stop us from picking it up on a regular day. The Splashbuckets are perfect for “throw-my-phone-keys-wallet-lipstick-in-and-go” days.