10 homegrown brands in the Philippines worth checking out

From fashion to food, the unique products from these local labels make for great gifts and souvenirs

SoTrue Naturals

FASHION

Filip + Inna
Filip + Inna

Filip + Inna

Inspired by the nation’s rich cultural heritage and traditions, founder Lenora Cabili launched Filip + Inna in 2010 — a clothing and accessories line featuring unique, gorgeous pieces handmade by various indigenous groups in the Philippines, including the T’boli tribe of South Cotabato.

712-H Yulo St, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong; +63 908 818 0181; filipinna.com

Vela Manila
Vela Manila

Vela Manila

What began as a college project has now become a well-loved brand in Manila. Using locally sourced native materials, Vela Manila is all about pretty carriers — mostly pouches and bags — that’ll look good on just about anyone.

Common Room, 325 Dela Rosa St, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City, +63 917 856 2225; velamanila.ph

FOOD

Sevilla & Sons Sausages Co.
Sevilla & Sons Sausages Co.

Sevilla & Sons Sausages Co.

Makers of small-batch, handcrafted sausages, Sevilla & Sons Sausages Co.’s premium offerings are named after different regions in the country. For instance, if you’re hankering for some sweet and garlicky pork, go for the Baguio Longganisa. If you prefer a beef sausage instead, there’s the Cabanatuan Longganisa.

259-A P. Guevarra St corner Ibuna St, Brgy Little Baguio, San Juan City; +63 917 888 5600; sevillasausages.com

Theo & Philo
Theo & Philo

Theo & Philo

Social enterprise Theo & Philo specializes in artisanal chocolates made from cacao beans from Davao and sugar from Bacolod. Aside from the classics such as dark and milk chocolate, there are also unique flavors like green mango and salt, and dark chocolate with candied calamansi.

Various locations, including Ritual, 2/F Languages International Bldg, Arnaiz Ave, Makati City; +63 2 631 1362; theoandphilo.com

DRINK

Stanford Shaw
Stanford Shaw

Stanford Shaw

Fancy some good ol’ ginger ale? Grab a bottle of Stanford Shaw’s Fresh Ginger Ale for a treat that will surely hit the spot on a hot, sunny day. Stanford Shaw brews its drinks weekly and in small batches, so it’s freshness guaranteed.

Stanford St, 1555 Mandaluyong; +63 977 821 7429; facebook.com/stanfordshawbrewing

Pedro Brewcrafters
Pedro Brewcrafters

Pedro Brewcrafters

Craft-beer lovers should pick up a bottle of Pedro, which is lovingly brewed in San Pedro, Laguna. Flavors include the citrusy Endless Summer Wheat Ale, the fragrant Elementary English Ale and the malty Procrastination Pale Ale.

9B, A. Mabini St, Brgy San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna; +63 2 274 8537; pedrobrewcrafters.com

DESIGN

Pottly N Tubby
Pottly N Tubby

Pottly N Tubby

Children’s boutique Pottly N Tubby was founded by Marie Faith in 2014. The local label sells Pinterest-worthy items that’ll put a smile on the face of any kid, from custom-made teepees and tents to dreamcatchers and decorative pillows. You can find their products at various pop-up stores across the country, so follow them on Facebook for updates.

POP by Retail Lab, G/F Archeology, Power Plant Mall, Makati City (until Dec 2016); facebook.com/pottly.tubby

Pluma
Pluma

Pluma

Can’t resist beautiful typography and brilliant design in general? Then you’re going to lust after all of Pluma’s items. Shop for knick-knacks, stationery, paper products and other essentials at their outlets around the Philippines.

Common Room PH, 325 F. dela Rosa St, Loyola Height 3, Quezon City; +63 977 786 6694; facebook.com/plumadesignsph

BEAUTY

SoTrue Naturals
SoTrue Naturals

SoTrue Naturals

Most soaps and shampoos are laden with chemicals. SoTrue Naturals hopes to change that with its products, from bar soap to insect repellent, which are organic and mild enough for everyone to use, including the little ones. Follow them on Facebook to see which pop-up events they’ll be selling their wares at; alternatively, you can also order online.

+63 917 533 4206; ph.sotruenaturals.com

Snoe
Snoe

Snoe Beauty Inc.

Snoe’s range of makeup and skincare products is extensive (and not to mention visually stunning, thanks to their colorful, retro-inspired packaging). From bronzers to BB creams and body scrubs, there’s something for every lady.

Various locations, including Wellworth Mall, G/F Department Store, Quirino Hway, Novaliches, Quezon City; +63 2 556 7663; snoebeauty.com

Written by

Samantha David

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