79 DAYS TO GO. No matter what her career may be, every woman will always need a good, sturdy and stylish bag.
Since Christmas is coming up, there’s no better time to give the woman in your life a new arm candy than now.
By simply walking around the mall, one can already get an overview of the latest bag styles for the season.
How to make your gift extra special for that exceptional woman in your life? Easy. Give her something that’s made by hand and with love.
LIZ UY FOR RAGS2RICHES. On October 17, local label Rags2Riches launched its holiday 2013 collection at the Ayala Museum in Makati.
Greta envelope clutch and Coco minaudiere.
The brand takes pride in being a for-profit social enterprise that creates eco-ethical fashion and home accessories out of up-cycled scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics.
Its products are made by local artisans living in underprivileged communities across the country, including Barangay Payatas in Quezon City, and by indigenous groups in the provinces.
The new collection, called ARTEsenal Luxe, was inspired by celebrity stylist and fashion editor Liz Uy, who was dubbed by brand pioneer Rajo Laurel as “one of the most influential fashion icons in our country today.”
Louise fold-over clutch and Georgia clutch.
ARTEsenal Luxe fuses together the glitz and glamour of the Art Deco movement with the subtle intricacy of artisanal craft.
Each piece proves that fashion is not just a whim of the elite, but also a symbol of soul and substance.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Liz says: "First of all, by just having this bag, iyong feeling lang na nakatulong ka sa ibang tao, parang ang sarap-sarap na, e.
"Lalo na ngayong pasko, di ba, kasi artisans from across the country iyong gumagawa nito, so parang nakaka-inspire din sila na ang dami ring natutulungan because of these bags."
Each piece in the collection was made to suit a woman's particular needs.
The Coco Minaudiere (P 2,395), Greta envelope clutch (P 2,295), Georgia clutch (P 1,595), and Louise fold-over clutch (P 2,495) are perfect for carrying around essentials during dinner dates or Christmas parties.
The Zelda mini bag (P 1,595), on the other hand, is best to bring to a concert or even while running simple errands such as grocery shopping.
Meanwhile, the Jordana hobo bag (P 3,295) can be worn as an everyday bag to carry around your work or school stuff.
The bags come in festive jewel tones—like red, amethyst, and jade—which, Liz says, are the best colors to wear this season.
"Siyempre Christmas, e, so dapat festive colors din to fit the festive mood."
Rags2Riches bags are available at their showroom in 138 G. Reyes Street, Brgy. Balong Bato, San Juan City; and at the House of Laurel in 6013 Villena St, corner Mañalac St., Poblacion, Makati City.
Products are also available at Aranaz branches in Greenbelt 5 and Powerplant Mall; The Give Store branches in Glorietta 1 and Trinoma Park; Firma in Greenbelt 3; The Ramp at Crossings Department Store in Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Glorietta 3; Beachmums in Mactan, Cebu; and Shangri-La Hotel boutiques in Ortigas, Boracay, and Cebu.
You may also shop online through www.rags2riches.ph, www.AVA.ph, and www.zalora.ph.