Being as I'm stuck most of the time in my condo writing essays for the past few months, I didn't have the luxury of going to the mall and buying myself a couple of bits and bobs. Luckily, there has been an influx of amazing local based shops on the popular social media platform Instagram. Here are just some of my favorites!
What started out as a way to dispose their used but still stylish clothing back in the middle of 2010 has turned into an official Apparel/RTW business that goes by the name COPPER. They provide a generous selection of stylish pieces at an affordable price. Perfect for girls who are on the budget but who strives to be bold, fun-loving, unafraid, sweet, and always in-command. Do you live in Parañaque? Drop by COPPER's physical store at Good Shepherd Bazaar (Ruins) BF Homes, Stall #81.
Blogger Ida Siasoco of The Green Tea Enthusiast is the mastermind behind this quirky yarn-filled shop. Having a knack for DIY projects, Ida started creating dainty accessories under the shop name "Reverie" during her Sophomore year. In her Senior year, she started creating beanies for her friends in high school and The GTE Shop was born. Each piece is handcrafted by Ida herself and is treated with the outmoust care. Rest assured, your order whether it's ready made or customized will be made with Ida's love!
Bohemian with a dash of sophistication, that is what Katie & Lee is all about. It all started five years ago at a get together with a couple of friends reminiscing their high school memories, and now they're here to showcase their individual talents and styles through beauty and fashion. When it comes to their pieces, Katie & Lee is versatile. Creating pieces that have both grace and sophistication - and sometimes, a hint of what they like to call the "dark side." There's just something about their pieces that makes it all work. Katie & Lee focuses on style that celebrates life, being one with nature, and at the same time looking effortlessly chic.
Kim Sabala is the ailurophile behind the successful jewelry brand that has been featured in numerous local fashion magazines and countless blogs. Today, STONERIVER is considered to be the first mover in handmade crystal and stone jewelry in the Philippines. Each piece is handcrafted and the materials used are sourced from local companies as well. STONERIVER is the jewelry brand for the sophisticated bohemian chic with pieces that fall between the perfect balance of whimsical and refined.
A shop that believes in combining style with comfort, Verano offers a range of clothing that beats the year long summer-like heat of the Philippines. A ready-to-wear apparel brand based in Manila, Verano focuses on creating easy-to-wear pieces that you would want to wear over and over again.
What about you? Do you have any favourite local based Instagram shops? Share them with us down in the comments section! Happy shopping, everybody (and RIP wallets)!