Click: Banago Kickstarter Campaign

A few months ago I wrote about Banago bags, a social business founded by Renée Patron, that creates handmade, wild grass bags and home accessories.

These bags, made in the Philippines, are sold internationally in stores like J. Crew, Nordstrom, and Anthropologie, as well as featured in magazines like Lucky and Vogue. But apart from the international fame, it’s real success was it’s ability to provide livelihood for over 400 local women artisans and their families within the local community.

However, after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan affected the Banago business both in their facilities, natural resources, and tragically many artisans lost their homes and members of their family. It’s been a long road to recovery since the typhoon hit, and supporting this Banago Kickstarter campaign is one step that you can do to help.

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Photos: New York, New York

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Throwback Thursday.

I decided to do a little throwback post to my trip to New York last September 2012. Today I was looking through these photos while I was cleaning out my laptop and I remembered how fun the whole week was. I was sent there by Runway TV Asia to do cover the shows at NY Fashion Week. It was a whole week of non-stop interviews and filming, and the experience was so amazing 🙂

Here are some of the photos I took around the city as well as back-stage/during work…

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Meet: Melissa Ladines, Global Publicist for Levi’s Women

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Melissa Ladines, or who we lovingly call Melsa, is one of my favorite power women. Power- not only in the sense that she is the Global Publicist for Levi’s Women, but also because she manages to hold down her household #likeaboss.

In today’s generation, there are so many talks on how women should ‘lean in‘ at work. Melsa is a true example of not only ‘leaning’, but more of leading. She handles her integral role with ease and composure and turns multi-tasking into an art form.

But more importantly, she keeps her family, friends, and personal time close to her heart. Her attention (no matter how many people will compete for it) will always lead her back to what is most important to her.

And while she makes it look easy, she reveals everything she learned during her journey to get here. It is my pleasure to have to you meet Melsa.

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Reflect: 3 Ways Change Clothes is Getting Better

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Hi loves. Here are some photos I’ve gathered from my various friends (meaning: I took a screenshot via Instagram) on the Change Clothes sale that happened last weekend. I don’t know how else to explain this, but I am very positive that it will get even better. Why?

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Meet: Amanda Scully, FALSE Priestess

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The very first time I heard of Amanda, I heard of her through a song. It was Lupe Fiasco‘s “Paris Tokyo” hit playing on the radio with Lupe rapping, “Amanda and Le Messie wanna know when we going there…” And when you find yourself attempting to rap the verse in your head, you end up on Google asking, “Who is Amanda and Le Messie?”

In a nutshell, they are the duo behind FALSE, an independent, ‘anti-fashion’ clothing brand that comes out with the most highly conceptual and subversive imagery from Singapore. After launching this brand over 10 years ago, they have built a repertoire of rebellious brands under their online store Anti-Anti, where they produce up to 90% of the items in-house.

When I was still living in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to work part-time under their roof for one year, absorbing Le Messie’s philosophies and witnessing Amanda’s strong work ethic. Being around them has influenced me to think independently, strategically and most importantly, without limits.

I already interviewed Le Messie, the visionary behind FALSE, plenty of times in the past. Now, I’d like to you to meet it’s High Priestess, Amanda.

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Photos: Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Preview

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The Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014/2015 Preview at Gillman Barracks, Singapore

First look of the Fall-Winter collection by Nicolas Ghesquière. This is his much-anticipated debut collection for the luxury brand as their newest women’s creative director.

My Photo Diary after the Jump…

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Covet: Cosset Bamboo Basics

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I like seeing brands that fuse eco-consciousness with fashion, the ones who bridge the gap between an ethical production process and great design. Then I discovered Singapore-based Cosset, a luxury basics brand made with sustainable bamboo fabric.

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