Eco-ethical fashion created by Filipino artisans from upcycled, overstock cloth and Indigenous fabrics has reached the North American market through the collaboration of the Philippines’ Rags2Riches (R2R) and Filipino-Canadian social enterprise Cambio & Co.
The R2R online shop hosted by Cambio & Co. for buyers in North America was launched on October 1, 2020, timed with the celebration of the opening of the Filipino-American History Month.
Cambio & Co., an ethical retailer specializing in contemporary, conscious fashion made with Filipino soul, announced the opening of the new online shopping platform designed “to further advance R2R’s goal of connecting the global Filipino diaspora to local artisans across the Philippines – and ultimately, their heritage, culture, and roots”.
Products offered on the new R2R online shop include:
– R2R’s bestselling eco-friendly and ethically-sourced bags
– new lounge-to-leisure clothing line
– exclusive collections
All products will ship locally from Canada and the US for shorter delivery times and more accessible shipping fees.
“For the past 13 years, we have been weaving joyful stories in the Philippines. While we have a lot of advocates from all around the world, this will be our first time ever to open our own online store in another part of the world!” says Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, President and Founding Partner of R2R.
“Building this online store would allow us to continue creating livelihood opportunities for artisans from the Philippines while making things that matter to our advocates from North America,” added Fernandez-Ruiz.
“I am so grateful that I belong in this family (R2R), who gives me an opportunity to learn,” says Cynthia Cabrera, a long-time R2R artisan.“Thank you so much to our partners and advocates. So excited to know our advocates from North America!”
“We want to build bridges between the Filipino diaspora and the homeland, and this partnership does exactly that,” says Gelaine Santiago, Co-founder of Cambio & Co. and a top immigrant awardee in Canada.
“By fostering a direct connection between consumers in North America and Rags2Riches, we also fulfill our bigger mission to amplify social enterprises in the Philippines and grow their impact around the world,” added Santiago.
To learn more and to stay up to date with R2R’s expansion, please visit the R2R shop here.
Rags2Riches has been keeping its local artisans employed amid the lockdown in the Philippines while helping COVID 19 frontliners.
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