Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rags2Riches: Rajo's Athletenique Collection

Rags2Riches is known for their eco-ethical fashion and home accessories made of upcycled scrap cloth, recycled materials and indigenous fabrics, made by artisans from community-based enterprises across the country. In 2007, they started as an informal cottage industry of rug-weavers in Payatas, and after four years,  they have already empowered 450 artisans across 21 communities in Metro Manila.
Last Thursday, lobby of the Ayala Museum was transformed into a one gorgeous play of lights, sounds, art installations, and of course, bags! It was the launch of Rajo Laurel's Athletenique Spring/Summer 2012 Collection for Rags2Riches, and the room was filled not just with bold and bright bags, but with big cheery smiles and love all around. It was good to see the organizers and the nanays who were beaming with pride, and rightfully so, because the event was gorgeous and their handwork is just amazing. This is one reason why I support products that are handmade--you can truly feel that the works are made from the heart. Congratulations to Rajo for designing a beautiful collection that is super wearable! I want to buy them all!
  With R2R President Reese Fernandez-Ruiz
Art installation by Leeroy New
Love this satchel!

Click here to find out where you can purchase these bags.

<photos from Rags2Riches>Pierre Satchel (L)
W: 13" H: 10.5"  D: 2.75"  Strap: 16-23"
Large satchel in knitted cotton x-small basket weave with front pocket.
Genuine leather adjustable strap with antique brass accents
Magnetic snap closure; cotton lining with interior zip pocket
P4,795

Pierre Satchel (S)
W: 10" H: 7.75"  D: 2"  Strap: 16-23"
Large satchel in knitted cotton x-small basket weave with front pocket.
Genuine leather adjustable strap with antique brass accents
Magnetic snap closure; cotton lining with interior zip pocket
P2,895
Maia Clutch (D)
W: 7" H: 4"  D: 2.25"
Molded clutch in knitted cotton x-small basket weave diagonal pattern with contrast piping in hand-woven Kantarines fabric, Kamagong bar accent with interior magnetic closure; quilted cotton lining
P1,995
Maia Clutch (V)
W: 7" H: 4"  D: 2.25"
Molded clutch in knitted cotton x-small basket weave diagonal pattern with contrast piping in hand-woven Kantarines fabric, Kamagong bar accent with interior magnetic closure; quilted cotton lining
P1,995
Bali Bucket Tote (left)
W: 13" H: 14.25"  D: 3"  Strap: 7.5"
Tall bucket tote in knitted cotton basket weave; Cotton wraparound shoulder straps with antique brass accents; Magnetic snap closure; cotton lining with interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets
P1,895

Remo Tote (right)
W: 15.75" H: 13.5"  D: 4"  Strap: 8"
Color block tote in canvas mixed with knitted cotton basket weave; Cotton wraparound shoulder straps with antique brass accents; Zipper closure, cotton lining with interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets
P2,395


Vela Tote
W: 17" H: 12"  D: 4"  Strap: 7.5"
Color block tote in canvas mixed with knitted cotton basket weave; Cotton shoulder straps with genuine leather accents; Zipper closure; cotton lining with interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets
P2,495

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Rags2Riches Showroom
Unit 3b, Cubao Expo
General Romulo Avenue,
Araneta Center Cubao
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. (632) 913-5760