CELEBRATING FILIPINO CRAFTSMANSHIP AND CREATIVITY

In a conversation during the Press Preview event, Cedie shared with BluPrint how supporting artisanal products makes the purchase more meaningful. Events like ArteFino create a strong local awareness and consciousness through the products displayed. This encourages Filipinos to support local artisans, local economy, and boost small and micro industries in the country. 

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A Celebration of Culture, Craft, Community, and Conscious Lifestyles

ArteFino has always been more than just a selling event. It is a movement that inspires an elevated yet responsible lifestyle. It is a shared experience that binds like-minded brands, makers, and consumers. ArteFino is also a community that honors craft, culture, and conscious living. Since its first artisanal trade fair in 2017, founders Susie Quiros, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, and Cedie Lopez-Vargas, have always believed in creating an inclusive platform for local brands to tell their inspiring stories.  

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MANTLE: Conscious Living is at the Core of this Year’s Revamped ArteFino Festival

  With more than 150 brands celebrating culture, craft, community, and a conscious lifestyle, ArteFino makes a triumphant return to (physical) form. The past two years have underscored the missions that ArteFino has established for itself back in 2017: to inspire an elevated yet responsible lifestyle; to gather like-minded brands, artisans, and consumers; and to honor craft, culture, and conscious living—all for a more mindful life and greener planet.  This year, the celebrated trade fair returns triumphantly at the Power Plant Mall. From August 25 to September 28, 2022, ArteFino will showcase over 150 local brands, 44 of which are joining for the first time. Each week will introduce a new roster of labels across fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, home, and children’s wear. A special section that is also making a much-anticipated return is The Barracks, a space for men’s lifestyle selections. Style savant, heritage fan maker, and advisor Monchet Olives takes pride in this year’s lineup, which follows the theme “Easy Living.”  Expect a combination of established and emerging brands such as Pinagtagpi, Kelvin Morales, Lakat, and more—all presenting their interpretation of casual and contemporary style for everyday Filipino dressing. Commerce, Culture, and Community The ladies behind ArteFino, Susie Quiros, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, and Cedie Lopez-Vargas, look forward to five weeks’ worth of reconnections, cultural exchange, creative engagement, and responsible shopping.  “Since we launched in 2017, ArteFino has taken on a life of its own. We’ve worked with many emerging brands and designers, all of whom have grown with us. We’ve followed their journeys and evolved with them. [Still,] we are constantly on the lookout for new talents to showcase,” the founders note. “Almost 40% of our vendors this year are new. It speaks of the emergence of social enterprises and a deeper understanding of what sustainable living is all about. This year’s roster will show the many layers of responsible retailing, [which] include going hyperlocal and employing fair trade practices,” adds Francisco.  In selecting the labels for this year’s fair, the founders took note of brand narratives, purpose, and links to the community. “We want our vendors to succeed and be prepared for a global market. This is why apart from the product, we also look into their purpose [and] vision,” elaborates Lopez-Vargas.  Renew, Repurpose, Recycle ArteFino also takes pride in interactive programs that will amplify the call for upcycling and sustainability. Last July 9, they opened a call to engage creators—vendors and non-vendors alike—and provide them a platform to showcase innovative ways of repurposing everyday materials otherwise discarded. The show and awarding for the fair’s first-ever #UpcyclingDesignChallenge will be held this September. Other festival highlights that will connect creators and consumers include “Eats by Artefino,” a collaborative effort with The Seven Pantry which will feature the country’s best flavors. A dedicated soundtrack curated by Tarsier Records will bring a piece of the ArteFino festival to everyone’s personal playlist. More activities will be unveiled in the coming days.  “As in the past, we always aim to bring something new. This being that year that we step out again, we hope to create an experience where everyone can immerse with the community,” the founders conclude.  Read the original article by Gelo Dionara here: https://www.mantlemagazine.com/index.php/2022/08/05/conscious-living-is-at-the-core-of-this-years-revamped-artefino-festival/

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BLUPRINT: ArteFino Celebrates Conscious Lifestyle with Young Designers And New Brands

ArteFino is set to celebrate culture, craft, community, and conscious lifestyle showcasing a wide range of local products from young designers and new brands. ArteFino Festival is back this year with new home-grown brands and designers to showcase. This year’s roster of fresh talents will present their interpretations of the call to “renew, recycle, and reuse.” Unlike the previous years, the event will feature over 150 brands and will run for five weeks starting on August 25, 2022 at the ground floor of the Powerplant Mall.  ArteFino aims to inspire an elevated yet responsible lifestyle. It is a community that honors craft, culture, and conscious living. Founders, Susie Quiros, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, and Cedie Lopez-Vargas, have always believed in creating an inclusive platform for local brands to tell their inspiring stories since its first artisanal trade fair in 2017.  The Festival will introduce new local labels across the categories of fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, home, and children’s wear each week. While most products cater to women, men can also enjoy the event through a special section called Barracks, which is a curated space for them to lounge, shop, and sip on local artisanal brews. Marimel shares, “We wanted to cater to an underserved mens market.” Cedie adds, “Barracks has been around since 2018 and was created to invite men to be part of this movement. This year, the theme for Barracks will be easy living.” In a conversation during the Press Preview event, Cedie shared with BluPrint how supporting artisanal products makes the purchase more meaningful. Events like ArteFino create a strong local awareness and consciousness through the products displayed. This encourages Filipinos to support local artisans, local economy, and boost small and micro industries in the country. Cedie and Marimel reminisce, “Since we launched in 2017, ArteFino has taken on a life of its own.” Throughout the years, they’ve launched countless local labels and designers. “We’ve worked with many emerging brands and designers, all of whom have grown with us. We’ve followed their journeys and evolved with them,” shares Cedie. Even then, Marimel maintains that, “We are constantly on the lookout for new talents to showcase.” Marimel continues, “Almost 40% of our vendors this year are new. It speaks of the emergence of social enterprises and a deeper understanding of what sustainable living is all about. This year’s lineup will show the many layers of responsible retailing that includes going hyperlocal and employing fair trade practices.” Some of the brands and designers to expect at the event include Katha Pilipinas, Pinagtagpi, Christian Cera, Camille Villanueva, and Kelvin Morales, among others. Photos courtesy of Ed Simon Read the original article by Rick Formalejo here: https://bluprint.onemega.com/artefino-celebrates-conscious-lifestyle-with-young-designers-and-new-brands/

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LIFESTYLE ASIA: Responsible Shopping: Is There Such A Thing? ArteFino Says Yes

  This year’s festival is a five-week celebration of culture, craft, community, and conscious lifestyles. Since its first artisanal trade fair in 2017, founders Susie Quiros, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, and Cedie Lopez-Vargas, have always believed in creating an inclusive platform for local brands to tell their inspiring stories.   For Fransisco, responsible shopping is “making purchases that positively impact, however big or small, in uplifting lives of those that created the products.” When asked what challenges they face she says, “Fast fashion! These are produced quickly and at low costs. That’s the opposite of artisanal items wherein each piece is unique and takes time to create.” She adds, “What I do is mix and match my outfits…but I can assure you one piece is always artisanal-whether it be my shoes, bag, earrings, top, or skirt.” Lopez-Vargas speaks about how the pandemic has caused us to reevaluate our lives and our values and has this to say about the Filipino contemporary lifestyle: “What do we value the most? Paring down your life to the basics, what’s essential, what’s relevant, and what makes the most sense for you to buy, finding advocacies and items that are meaningful, purposeful, and sustainable that contribute to mitigating climate change and lessening your carbon foot print. These are the undercurrents of how we choose the brands we are advocating in ArteFino.” Five weeks, 150 brands, 44 new designers For this year’s ArteFino Festival, more than 150 brands will be showcased in a span of five weeks. Each week will introduce a new roster of labels across the categories of fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, home, and children’s wear. A special section called Barracks will also be set up as a curated space for men to lounge, shop, and sip on local artisanal brews. Fransisco shares, “We wanted to cater to an underserved mens market.” Lopez-Vargas adds, “Barracks has been around since 2018 and was created to invite men to be part of this movement. This year, the theme for Barracks will be easy living.” The Festival will also introduce 44 new designers and brands, each one hand picked by the ladies behind ArteFino. Brand narratives, purpose, and links to community, are considerations that factor into the selection of vendors. Lopez-Vargas elaborates, “We want our vendors to succeed and we want them to be prepared for a global market. This is why apart from the product, we also look into their purpose, vision.” Fransisco continues, “Almost 40% of our vendors this year are new. It speaks of the emergence of social enterprises and a deeper understanding of what sustainable living is all about. This year’s roster will show the many layers of responsible retailing that include going hyperlocal and employing fair trade practices.”  Renew, repurpose, recycle Interactive programs were intended to amplify the movement’s call to “renew, repurpose, and recycle.” The Maker’s Challenge, for instance, focuses on the innovative ways by which creators can upcycle everyday materials otherwise discarded. “It is an open call for anyone who wishes to create–vendors and non-vendors alike,” clarified the organizers. The festival will also set the stage for pocket events and workshops. These open more doors and avenues for both creators and consumers to connect. Five senses are awakened through other festival highlights that round up the experience. Eats by Artefino, a collaborative effort with The Seven Pantry, will whet appetites with the best local flavors. A dedicated soundtrack curated by Tarsier Records will bring a piece of the ArteFino festival to everyone’s personal playlist. In addition, Fransisco shares that the most rewarding aspect of this endeavor has been advocating for “mindfully made, thoughtfully chosen” as a shopping habit. What’s rewarding is that more and more, over time, a broader market has come to appreciate the intrinsic benefits of responsible shopping: patronizing brands which inject environmentally conscious methods into their designs and production.” When asked about the big dream behind ARTEFINO, she shares, “The big dream is for artisanal crafts to be an inherent part in a Filipino’s life and style. That our local products can compete on a global scale and be recognized for its craftsmanship. That all Filipinos patronize local brands in all aspects of their lives.” Read the original article by Mawi Fojas De Ocampo here: https://lifestyleasia.onemega.com/responsible-shopping-is-there-such-a-thing-artefino-says-yes/

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PHILSTAR: Fresh young designers and new brands in ArteFino

ArteFino is an event that makes my patriotic heart flutter. Here is where I find refreshing products made with a distinct Filipino heart and soul. It makes me feel good that there is such an event with nobility of purpose. “It’s a movement that inspires an elevated yet responsible lifestyle. It is a shared experience that binds like-minded brands, makers and consumers. ArteFino is a community that honors craft, culture and conscious living,” the founders explain. Starting as an artisanal trade fair in 2017, ArteFino is now a platform for local brands to tell their inspiring stories. Founders Susie Quiros, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda and Cedie Lopez-Vargas know that ArteFino is all about bonding. Cedie and Marimel say that since its launching, ArteFino has taken on a life of its own. “We’ve worked with many emerging brands and designers, all of whom have grown with us. We’ve followed their journeys and evolved with them. At the same time, we are constantly on the lookout for new talents. This year, a total of 150 brands will be showcased in five weeks, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 28 at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall. Each week will feature a different set of labels in fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, home and children’s wear. “A special section called Barracks will be a curated space for men to lounge, shop and sip on artisanal brews,” says Marimel. “The men’s market has been underserved, so we want to invite men to be part of this movement,” declares Cedie, who adds that this year’s theme will be easy living. “This festival will also introduce 44 new designers and brands,” says Cedie. “We want our vendors to succeed and be prepared for the global market. So, aside from their products, we also look into their purpose and vision.” Marimel continues: “Almost 40 percent of our vendors this year are new. It speaks of the emergence of social enterprises and a deeper understanding of what sustainable living is all about. We show the many layers of responsible retailing that include going hyper-local and employing fair-trade practices.” Now you know that ArteFino is not just about selling goods. It is more about making sure that “Made in the Philippines” is now said with pride and joy. Read the original article by Milett M. Mananquil here: https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/fashion-and-beauty/2022/08/03/2199776/fresh-young-designers-and-new-brands-artefino

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MAKER'S LAB: UPCYCLING CHALLENGE TO #DESIGNBETTER

ArteFino Maker's Lab: #TotallyUpcycledChallenge, co presented by Security Bank, has been unveiled! This is the culminating event for this year’s battlecry: “RENEW, REPURPOSE, REGENERATE”. The objective was to inspire participants to explore the innovative ways of upcycling with the use of everyday materials which otherwise would be discarded.

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