As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the things I like to do is to check out the Filipiniana section of department stores. Seeing all the new ways they use our local material never fails to excite and inspire me.
In Rustan’s, I always enjoy checking out Dita Sandico’s items. The concept of her designs are simple and easy to wear but the details of her pieces are what truly make a difference. As designer Charles Eames once said, “the details are not the details, they make the design”. Her signature piece is the wrap, which she has been making for over 15 years and now comes in several styles. The wraps are made from banana abaca fiber.
They already look great in plain colors, but if you want even more oomph to your outfit, they also offer wraps with patterns and embellishments. What I find really cool about this piece is that it can be worn several ways, so you have the option of changing things up whenever you feel like it.
Another versatile piece she makes is the visor. I’ve always had a thing for hats and, like the wrap, this makes local material look really chic. Some might think the design is weird but it’s really quite clever. You can bunch the folds up together or spread them out, depending on the amount of coverage you need.