Monday, June 11, 2012

Ohhthat! Turns One: Rags2Riches + Giveaway

RIIR by Rajo Laurel

I recently dropped by Rags2Riches (R2R) headquarters to catch up with Matt Pardinas, one of the passionate people behind this Manila-based for-profit social enterprise.  I met him in a Young Leaders' Forum in Tagaytay sponsored by the US Embassy earlier this year, and was instantly impressed on his dedication to his job as R2R Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager.  Matt & I, together with other local NGO representatives we bonded with in the Forum, made a pledge to support each other in any way we can to promote our cause/s - which we believe will build our beloved nation. Naks!

Rags2Riches, Tree Bag, bag, accessories, Rajo Laurel
R2R Tree Bags by Rajo Laurel
Rags2Riches Inc. is a for-profit social enterprise based in Manila, Philippines, creating eco-ethical fashion and home accessories out of up cycled scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics by working with artisan from community-based enterprises across the country. Rags2Riches’ philosophy stands upon its four bottom lines: People, Profit, Planet and Positive Influence.   

Rags2Riches Inc. was created to provide these artisans with fair access to the market and the formal economy, R2Rintegrated a design solution by partnering with well-known local fashion designers like Rajo Laurel, turning scrap materials into fashion handbags.  After four years, R2R has already empowered 450 artisan across 21 communities in Metro Manila area, and continues to expand its social impact and eco-ethical footprint in the country.

Currently in R2R shelves are the RIIR Rajo Laurel Summer/ Spring 2012 collection.  I absolutely adore the practical yet stylish designs in summer & bright neon colors, which are still in trend now.

Rags2Riches Rajo Laurel Athletenique Spring / Summer Collection 2012

Knitted Cotton Satchel (L) w/ Leather Adjustable Strap

Tall Bucket Tote w/ Cotton Wraparound Shoulder Straps & Molded Clutch w/ Kamagong Bar Accent

Rags2Riches Buslo, R2R, bag
Rags2Riches Buslo - 2012 Summer's Best Seller : Handbag in knitted cotton basket weave w/ leather strap, Pandan 
leaves (Banig) basket weave base, and Cotton lining with interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets #iwantonepls

As Ohhthat! celebrates its first year anniversary, I'm proud to support R2R in promoting eco-ethical fashion and home accessories, and in empowering impoverished women with this year's feature giveaway.


OHHTHAT! Turns One: Rags2Riches 2-Toned Jane Purse Giveaway

Three lucky readers residing in Metro Manila can take home one of these 2-toned R2R Jane Purse by Rajo Laurel by simply joining the electronic raffle below.  Raffle ends on June 30, 2012. See terms & guidelines for more details.

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  1. like reading your post on Tin's Cart. interesting purchases. :) sucker for best buys hihi :) would like to see more of affordable but quality items.

  2. I love your food posts and even the simple inspirational photos posts. :)

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  4. I love the DIY projects.Hope you could post DIY fashion tips :)
    camille quiambao

  5. Nice bags and wallet. Who can tell that these came from the rags we used to have in our homes.

  6. Didenz Yu

    I love your posts about food especially how the photos looks so yummy! :)

  7. great designs. will definitely recommend this line.

  8. looking forward to reading more of your posts :) especially your diy projects :)
    joining your giveaway
    kathryn clamor

  9. I love this giveaway, Tin! Super ganda lahat ng items nils!! :) Looking forward to more POSTS *ehem* from you haha!! :D

    Jen Maslang

  10. I love your food and shopping escapades but I like this feature more as I am an avid supporter of Rags2Riches and their cause.:)

    Blanca Dela Cruz

  11. I love fashion with a cause like this one! :)

    Glaiza G. Tominio

  12. I just love reading on random thoughts & sharing in general! Can't get enough on beauty & glamour!

  13. Yani Metrado

    I like the way you blog extraordinary things and share it with your readers in such a way that they will feel that they would love it too :) Keep on sharing!

  14. Mei Santiago

    I want to read more about reviews about bag especially those bag that made in the Philippines.

  15. Vida Antoniette Cuaresma

    I love your Life Journal posts - because it takes courage to talk about faith so openly; I also find inspiration in your diy posts.

    Keep on rocking :)

  16. Merry Jane Ocol

    I love how you pictures things in your blog..
    I want to see mre giveaways...

    Thanks and good luck

  17. Name: Mayla Lagrimas

    Wow great giveaways,ang galing nito natutulungan nila yung mga nanay na kumita at ang ganda ng mga designs nila bag..meron laban sa market/export..

  18. Jade Anne Belen

    I love your post about sweets or should i call it sweet tooth review... Makulit lng kasi

    Would like to see more beauty product reviews here.


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