I am a fan of Amina Aranaz and when I was invited to showcase her collection for the Rags2Riches campaign, I was quite disappointed that I had to decline since the event will start late and it was quite far from where I am staying now.
Anyway, the collection is worth sharing to you dear readers, so even though I was not there, I collected some write ups and photos to give you a quick overview on the NUDOS: RAGS2RICHES by ARANAZ Holiday Collection 2012.
NUDOS? If you don’t know the meaning of this word just like me, here is a simple explanation – It is a Spanish word which means “knots”. The collection was inspired by playing around with different kinds of knots, where Ms. Amina Aranaz had a book to practice on.
“The Nudos collection is handwoven by our Rags2Riches Cooperative in Payatas and assembled by our in-house workshop. All knots for this collection, which are new artisan techniques introduced by Amina specifically for these bags and accessories, were handmade in our in-house workshop by our highly skilled, full-time artisans. Our hope is that with the success of this collection, these beautiful fashion accessories and new artisan skills can be extended to all Rags2Riches communities,” said Reese Fernandez, president for Rags2Riches. – photo from Rags2Riches FB page- www.facebook.com/Rags2RichesInc
Here is the Nudos collection, I will post the details of these individual items at my Fashion Blog (will update you on that)
If you want to have any item from the collection, visit the Rags2Riches outlet at Unit 3B, Cubao Expo – General Romulo Avenue, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City or call them at +63 (02)913-5760. You can also check out their website – www.rags2riches.ph to know more or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Designer
Amina Aranaz-Alunan is a Filipino bag designer and School of Fashion and the Arts’ (SoFA) co-founder. She graduated Cum Laude from Instituto Marangoni in Milan and returned to Manila to build the family bag brand, ARANAZ. She was awarded by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Super as the Designer of the Year for 2006 and was nominated in the Accessories Designer of the Year category at the Mega Fashion Awards 2007. She is also a member of the Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP). Known for her flair for fashion, she is also often cited as one of Manila’s style icons.
About Rags2Riches, Inc. (R2R)
R2R is a for-profit social enterprise based in Manila, Philippines, creating eco-ethical fashion and home accessories out of upcycled scap cloth, indigenous, and organic materials by working with artisans from community-based enterprises across the country. To know more about RIIR’s products and social statement, log on to www.rags2riches.ph.
Amina Aranaz-Alunan and her mother Becky Aranaz greatly contributed to Rags2Riches’ growth as a more sustainable social business enterprise. Amina also supported the Rags2Riches women with skills trainings through her School of Fashion and the Arts, or SOFA Manila.=