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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Covet: Banago Bags

PageImage-510166-3552265-071612_BanagoLookBook_12This Covet post is dedicated to my superwoman friend, Renée Patron. I first met Renée a few years ago in Boracay; there was something about her laid-back vibe, and genuine energy that made it very effortless to talk to her.

Back then, she had just started working on her bag and home accessories line called Banago. Her story was so interesting, that I interviewed her for The Philippine Inquirer.

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