Am a closet art lover.Works of art to me are a thing of beauty, an investment and a treasure because they can be passed on from one generation to the next. So it was with much excitement that I attended a launch organized by bag and storage brand Beabi for its latest Floral Symphony Collection featuring the visual output of world-renowned, multi-awarded painter Manuel Baldemor himself!
Beabi is doing this milestone collaboration because it is celebrating its 10th year in the market.What started out as a one-stop shop for travel bottles, bag organizers, and cosmetic kits has now expanded its product line-up to include fashion bags ranging from statement totes to bags personalized with one’s name or initials.
Since Beabi is a proudly Filipino brand, it seemed easy to collab with Baldemor who gained repute for his geometric paintings with a folkloric character.He was artist-in-residence for such countries as Chile, Estonia and Switzerland, and UNICEF even used his art for its greeting cards distributed worldwide.
In person, Baldemor is a very genial, unassuming fellow. He’s shown in the photo with Beabi’s lovely owners Winnie Go and Willin Chan.
The MBaldemorXBeabi Floral Symphony Collection consists of printed bags and pouches featuring rarely publicized floral paintings by Baldemor which have only been exhibited abroad.There are three available designs: Flowers Are A Joy Forever, Flowers Speak From The Heart, and Amazing Grace.
I chose the first design because it looks so dainty and the interiors are so roomy, plus it has an added shoulder strap. I really like it. But in truth, all the other designs are equally beautiful! 😀
Flowers, according to Baldemor, are a “symbol of love and peace”. To him, flowers are an indispensable element of the Filipino landscape.
“A simple flower…has a certain peace and tranquility you can take into yourself,”
Baldemor said. “(They) are universal, and a symbol of love and peace. They speak
directly to our hearts and have their own secret and unspoken language of diplomacy.”
MBaldemorXBeabi bags retail for P2,495 each. The entire collection will be available
at all beabi stores nationwide as well as online at https://beabi.com.ph/ until stocks last.