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Metro Gift Guide: Stunning Local Bag Designer Picks

We are barely a month away from Christmas! With the season's festivities closing in on us like a flash flood, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the things on our to-do list, including planning our outfits, planning our dinner parties, and most important of all—planning all the shopping we have to do!

READ: Metro Gift Guide: Fabulous P1000 And Under Finds For The Budget Conscious

If you're one of those that are up for the challenge of finding the most unique gifts out in the market, then fret no further as we made your life just a bit easier by rounding up some of the prettiest local finds we could get our hands on! 

For this edition of our gift guide, we give you endless options on local designer bags that are worthy of a spot in your wardrobe. These handmade, often ornate pieces are made by passionate entrepreneurs who use local materials, designed in unique embellishements, creative weaving, or fancy finishes that are a highlight for any outfit. 

Check out the local bag designers we love, and how you can get your hands on them:



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Calli Bags

Why we love them: This line owned by Tessa Nepomuceno, founded in 2013, is a celebrity favorite—in fact, Jodi Sta. Maria, one of Metro's Best Dressed celebrities at the Star Magic Ball brought one with her on the red carpet! These structured, wooden, hand-carved bags are style statements that can actually fit all your daily essentials!

Call  09175217830 or e-mail / Log on here.

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VSY Design

Why we love them: These embroidered on velvet bags are a refreshing entry into the scene, with geometric patterns on silhouettes we love. 

Follow them on Instagam: @vsydesign

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Why we love them: This brand founded in 2011 by Malou Romero aims to fuse authentic design, cultural reference, and handcrafted excellence into all of its designs. They're a great piece for parties as they instantly elevate the plainest outfits you may have!

Call 09178301285, or e-mail / Log on to shop here.

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Cathy's Bags

Why we love them: Cathy's Bags has been a staple in our list of best local bags for their effortless ability to lend a touch of local chic to our closets. "Hand-woven tinalak made by the tribes in Mindanao, carefully inlaid shell components sourced from Cebu, and woven sabutan mats from Aurora are just some of the materials used in creating the brand's uniquely contemporary yet distinctly Filipino designs."

Log on to shop here.


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Lara Samar

Why we love them: The brainchild of Gov. Sharee Ann Tan of Samar, Lara aims to support the weavers of Basey, Samar by using traditional banig as the base material for contemporary bags any fashion-forward woman would love to have.

Contact 09173012065 or e-mail

Photo: Daniel Soriano



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Zarah Juan

Why we love them: The brand that was popularized by its ornate, embellished slip-ons has ventured into producing beautiful woven bags that are anything but common. 

Contact 09293199390/8175824, e-mail, or visit them at MGF Champaca Bldg Columns Legazpi Vill. Makati

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Coco & Tres

Why we love them: We adore this brand's utilitarian, multi-use bags and pouches, as well as interchangeable straps that make planning outfits way more fun! 

Log on to online shop here.


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Lootware Manila

Why we love them: Hand-crocheted, personalized gifts you can gift your nearest and dearest, Lootware Manila prides itself in having women create a means of earning for themselves while producing quality products that are great additions to your home. 

Follow them on Instagram: @lootware.manila


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Why we love them: The brand boasts of being a socially conscious line of bags that use natural plant fibers for its main material. They offer tote bags with cheeky slogans, clutches, and handbags that are of export quality, and can be found internationally like Japan and the US. 

Visit them at Larone Crafts Inc., 8993 Aranga Street San Antonio Village, Makati City or log on here.


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Charming Baldemor

Why we love them: Designer Charming Baldemor who hails from Paete Laguna is proud of her creations that use upcycled wood that have been rescued from varying stages of decay as the base material for the beautiful bags. She uses her skill and talent for beautiful carving to create these one-of-a-kind creations that can last a lifetime, and can be passed on to the next generation as well.

Follow her on Instagram: @charming_baldemor