Don't Miss This Collab Between Filipino Brand Woven x Charles & Keith!
Each piece is made with Filipino banig weaving!
In celebration of International Women's Day, Filipino social enterprise brand Woven has partnered up with go-to fashion brand Charles & Keith in a unique four-piece collaboration inspired by the theme "Empowering Women of Tomorrow". This is all part of a movement to equip women with critical skills to enhance their lives and empower themselves in their communities.
The limited capsule collection of hand-woven items was created to achieve Woven's goal of continually upskilling the women and nurture the upcoming generation of young women to carry on the craft. Envisioning a future free from gender bias, the Woven X Charles & Keith partnership is part of the hip brand's ongoing efforts to uphold that vision.
To benefit local women weavers, the special capsule collection will donate 20% of the net sales for every product sold. Expect a variety of products including a tote bag, a circle top handle bag, a clutch, and a pouch, all made from woven dried grass and dyed palm leaves called banig.
“It’s wonderful to see women use their talents, skills and knowledge to create opportunities for other women and make their lives better,” co-founder and CEO of Woven Trish Lim said.
With 99% of Woven's weavers being women, this collaboration presents an empowering opportunity for them to make a sustainable living to provide their children basic necessities and education, in addition to upholding the weaving craft in their communities.
Except for the UK, EU and Japan markets, the capsule collection will be available on Charles & Keith's official website from March 7.
Filipino social enterprise brand Woven looks to enhance the lives of Filipino artisans, as they partner with local crafts communities to produce products that add value to their work and lives, as well as cultural traditions.
The brand first started in the town of Basey, Samar, which was destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda. Feeling a need to help the community, the brand's founders came upon the banig weavers who produced beautiful mats made from tikog (a kind of grass) and buri (fan palms) while carrying out their research and development plans in the area.
Along with the assistance of various non-profit organizations, the enterprise was able to boost the value of banigs, as well as more than double their individual incomes. At the end of it all, Woven hopes to produce greater opportunities for empowered craftsmen and women and their families, as well as future weaving generations.