It’s quite difficult to manage the streets of Metro Manila during the weekends. If you’re like me, who works full time, I only have the weekends to do my errands (WHICH IS NOT ENOUGH!). So where does a Tita-in-training like me find time to do some retail therapy??
I’ve put together a list of go-to places where you can find unique and lovely items without ever having to leave your house.
- Katre Leather Goods – I discovered Katre through my boss, Eunice. Since then, I’ve been a fan. First of all their proudly pinoy and they have really really really nice leather pieces from handbags, wallets, passport holders, keychains, and most recently these adorable earphone huggers. Best of all — they can customize and personalize their products for you. I think personalized gifts are so thoughtful, don’t you think? (Okay I have a secret — I always look at their instagram feed under the guise of looking for a perfect present for a friend but always end up wanting to buy something for myself. Like, seriously. Haha.) They usually have an Open House in their HQ in Quezon City. You can check out their IG account: @katrehq for more details.
- Black Wing Shoes – this is an online store that my friend Anna Ramos-Tan owns. Together with her husband, Buddy, they have resurrected the once dying leather shoe business of Marikina. They have beautifully designed shoes at a very friendly price. Check out their IG: @blackwingshoes for more details.
- Phoebe Bakes Cakes – I am a dessert kind of a girl. I cannot, repeat, cannot live without my sweets. I found Phoebe thru a referral from my friend Kate Lim when I was desperately looking for a baker for my wedding cake. I wanted something special but at the same time did not want to pay an arm and a leg for a cake. Since then I have been a fan and would order cakes from her from time to time. Check out her IG: @phoebebakescakes for more lovely confection creations.
- Wired Charms – the proprietor, Dina Ledonio, is a friend and since when we were young she would always be tinkering in and around the kitchen. Now she has turned her hobby into a start-up business that sells handmade, homecooked & homegrown items. Check out her IG:@wiredcharms for some H-H-H love.
- I Try DIY – Mikko Sumulong used to be a career woman, working for a corporation but she has always loved doing crafts. She started I try DIY as a passion project but eventually it went so well that she had to quit her 9 to 5 job so she can focus on this. Her mantra is: Why buy when you can DIY? How lovely right? Check out her IG: @itrydiy