Monday, August 16, 2010

Bag It: Works of Art

I have a soft spot for entrepreneurs who support local artisans. They keep our culture alive, and instill in the younger generation a strong sense of Filipino pride. One such enterprise is the handcrafted and handpainted wooden bags by Vera Coulture.

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Founded only March of this year, and opened shop last June, Vera Coulture is the brainchild of Rhona Sabado-Vera Cruz and Rachel Marcial Donaire, businesswoman and wife of the number four pound for pound boxer in the world, Nonito Donaire Jr. The two met through Rhona’s old college friend, Miguel Pacio. Barely half a year old, Vera Coulture has been aggressively penetrating the global market in countries such as the US, UK, Asia, and the Middle East.

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I was immediately drawn to its designs, which feature classic styles and even quirky ones for the young set. But what makes these covetable is that each design is very limited, as Vera Coulture produces one, or, at the most, two, of each. Other superb qualities include the bags being scratch-resistant, and roomy enough to put a lot of your essentials in.

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I suggest you visit the store to check out the very limited collection that will surely last you for a lifetime. Carried as a clutch, or as a sling bag, these versatile natural bags will surely add a dash of fun to any of your outfits.

*Vera Coulture is located at Unit C, Ground Floor, 39th St., North Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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