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4 Online Businesses that Thrived in 2015
More and more businesses are doing away with brick-and-mortars in lieu of setting up a shop online. We give you a list of successful online local SMEs whose passion and social causes have materialized and made an impact last year. Ready to be inspired? Let’s get to know them.
1. Renegade Folk
Renegade Folk has spawned other copycat Instagram stores out there. Their laidback sandals are every gal and guy’s favorite go-to brand. They encourage individuals to make their mark, embrace their individuality and own their step. Each pair is designed and handcrafted in Manila by local artisans, which only highlights what the brand stands for: individuality and empowerment.
2. Neon Island
Cute, kitschy, and fun are some of the words to describe this homegrown brand that’s committed to celebrating the Philippines. The 2013 start-up boasts hand-drawn prints that turn into trend-statement pieces. All of their products are 100% Filipino-made as the brand recognizes the importance of making a difference in the lives of their stakeholders. Whether it’s making responsible production choices or supporting causes in their local community, they make it a point to work hand-in-hand with different local business.
3. Vela Manila
Vela Manila, known for creating products that marry Filipino artistry and craftsmanship, is definitely a brand to watch out for. They team up with skilled weavers and crafters to create one-of-a-kind leather pieces that can be used anywhere by anyone. Vela Manila continues to promote the movement of preserving the Filipino tradition and artistry while moving forward into the future by reconnecting the narratives of the past with the current and future generations.
4. ERE Plants by Trasienne
The brainchild of one of the Estrada twins, ERE plants is a line of aerial and house plants perfect for those who want to spruce up their space. These low-maintenance shrubs don’t need soil and can be suspended. Urban dwellers need not look further for the perfect addition to their homes.