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Carol De Leon Of Angkan Advocates Social Responsibility, Sustainability, & Artisanal, Handmade Craftsmanship

From a successful shoe line that sold millions across the world, Los Angeles-based Filipina Carol De Leon seemed to have it all.



Yet she always felt that something else was missing in the equation, and her search for this had her returning to her roots in the Philippines to launch ANGKAN, a line of handmade goods built on her advocacy for social responsibility, sustainability, and artisanal, handmade craftsmanship.



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With its first two collections successfully launched in Milan, ANGKAN also paved the way for Carol to give back by linking up with the Design Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts through the initiatives of Senator Loren Legarda. Carol assists Philippine native indigenous communities, helping them thrive as entrepreneurs via ample product development of fashion accessories. At the same time, she is also curating a 100-square-meter luxury resort store featuring the best of the country’s top fashion and home brands set to launch next year.

“I knew in myself that I had to make use of my knowledge in manufacturing and retail and share it with the Filipino people. And with the many positive things happening in the country, I’m excited that there is growth everywhere. You can feel the vibration!”


Photography by Marc Royce for Metro

Styling John Karunungan and Hillary Lee of Styledit group

Shot on Location at Makati Garden Club