Designer pieces are expensive and known for their fine craftsmanship.
But some Filipinos have been making waves here and abroad for their locally-made bags.
Aranaz, for example, uses indigenous and eco-friendly materials sourced from all over the Philippines.
Janine Gutierrez's pineapple purse was produced by the weavers of South Cotabato using T’Nalak in citric hues.
It is priced at around $700 or PHP35,000 online.
Dawn Zulueta's minaudiere by Rafe Totengco was made of blacktab shell, blacklip Mother of Pearl, white Hammershell, and brass inlay.
It is priced at around $600 or PHP30,000 online.
Sarah Lahbati's Mea Pulpo clutch in black and gold has marine life renderings in metal beadwork on velvet.
This Bea Valdes matsterpiece costs around $3,000 or PHP152,000 on MasonDeMode.com.
Regine Velasquez is a fan of Zarah Juan's beaded bags and shoes.
This flight attendant turned designer has formed partnerships with Marikina's master shoemakers, Bulacan leather suppliers, Bicolano abaca vendors, and T’boli women weavers.
KC Concepcion purchased her drawstring bag, which earned rave reviews from her Instagram followers, in Sagada.