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.
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.
ArteFino is continuously building infinite connections with the community.
We partnered with Smart Infinity because we believe that together, we can impart change. Thank you for reminding us what we value and what we stand for. That community and connection is most important, and that nothing can replace genuinely infinite connections.
This unique feature of the country’s biggest artisanal fair emphasizes the movement’s collective call to “renew, repurpose, and recycle"Read more
For the final week, some of the pioneer vendors of ArteFino serve up new collections made especially for festivalRead more
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/Read more
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-artefinoRead more
IKAW AT AKO
This is a story about friendship. An unbreakable bond deepened by walking the same path, sharing a common goal.
This is a story about growth, grit, and resilience. Stronger together, even when apart. A journey filled with stories of love and support; inspiring, allowing, freeing.