Arts & Leisure

Fashion a highlight at Manila FAME

Posted on March 14, 2014

TWELVE up-and-coming fashion designers will present their new collections of apparel and accessories that bring a new twist to “Urban Resort” wear at the Red Box Fashion setting in Manila FAME this weekend.

MARTHA RODRIGUEZ’s Modern Yakan bag
The 59th edition of the trade event will be held on March 14-17 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Manila FAME is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event that showcases export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is held twice a year and organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Twelve promising fashion designers, who have gained recognition in the local fashion industry, have been select to become part of the first batch of Red Box Fashion, CITEM’s design development program which aims to harness Filipino creativity through the use of indigenous materials to produce innovative export products.

Under the Design for Exports program, Red Box nurtures a new corps of designers and artists who work hand-in-hand with local manufacturers to bring Philippines artisanship to the global market.

Buyers and visitors of Manila FAME can expect to see a wide assortment of one-of-a-kind apparel, wearables and accessories made from indigenous materials executed in modern styles. New accessories and wearables collections to be showcased are: Rencie Santos’ Nu-cast and shellcraft accessories with Floreia and J.E.R. Shellcrafts, Earl Gariando’s brass-and-foil fusion accessories and bags with Kilus Foundation, Martha Rodriguez’s leather “Yakan” bags with Chelsi Leathershop and Austolia Jewelry Arts, Sheila Damalerio’s mother-of-pearl minaudieres with Hannah’s Handicraft, Angela Angeles’s elegant jewelry and clutches with Crystal Seas, Neil Felipp’s raffia-snakeskin bags with Ferimar and Jaggy Glarino’s metal jewelry with Alchemista.

Red Box Fashion will also feature apparel designers: Yves Camingue, Rei Escario, Jaggy Glarino and Renan Pacson. Two footwear designers, Joco Comendador and Ronald Ramiro, will showcase footwear designs using local leather, wood and recycled foil materials.