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January 28, 2013


pouch in hand-woven bamboo, embellished with semi-precious stones and handcrafted gold seed beads by Adante Leyesa

I picked up a clutch when I was in Manila a couple of months ago—one in woven bamboo decorated with large, heavy semi-precious stones bordered with tiny iridescent gold beads that shone like little lights.  There was something cosmic-punk about it, with the planet-like stones and hammered gold plates that looked like oversized studs.  Add to that the sparkle of the beads, the island warmth of the woven bamboo, and the ease and casualness of the zip-top pouch style, and I was set on adding this beautiful little thing to my collection.  Adante Leyesa is an emerging accessories designer from Lipa, Philippines, independent and self-taught.  Tribespeople from the Cordillera mountains weave the bamboo by hand, then a group of out-of-school youth from Lipa meticulously works on the embellishments, the entire process taking two weeks to finish.  You’ll see me toting this around in the warmer months, with my pocketless pajama-like pants and sneakers in shocking colors and patterns.


  • Duck
    January 28th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    LOVE! I kind of want one for myself…

  • Izzy
    January 28th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    You should! I’m sure he can ship to the UK.

  • Hannah
    January 29th, 2013 at 10:23 am


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