Top designer Rajo Laurel recently launched his colourful summer bag collection, Athletenique, in cooperation with social enterprise-cum-fashion brand Rags2Riches (R2R) at the Ayala Museum. Rajo designed, and empowered artisans from community-based groups across the country meticulously weaved the bags from sustainable fabrics. The tastefully-crafted bags can be bought from R2R’s industry partners like Firma, House of Laurel, Aranaz, Oliver Tolentino and Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts (Makati, Edsa, Mactan, Boracay).
R2R’s 2012 Spring Summer designer pieces by Rajo consists of the following:
Pierre Satchel showcases the classic basket weave that has become an R2R signature. Front and interior pockets add functionality to its playful shape. Adjustable leather straps and antique brass accents put the finishing touches to this iconic piece.
The Maia Clutch is the perfect, statement piece for galas and evening affairs. The diagonal pattern creatively juxtaposes the indigenous hand-woven kantarines fabric and kamagong bar accent.
Vela Tote mixes casual with chic, with canvas and leather accents merged with knitted cotton basket weave in the most delicious shades.
Remo and Bali Totes depict seamless elegance with cotton wraparound shoulder straps, antique brass accents, cotton lining with interior zip, and wall and cell phone pockets. These functional features are set to make any fashionista reel with excitement.