18 March 2009

From Rags to Bags - The Rags II Riches Collection by Aranaz

Maria Rosa Tote and Maria Rosa Clutch

Bags had a whole new meaning last night as Aranaz launched the Rags2Riches aka RIIR bag collection. The bags are proudly made of scrap materials and rags skillfully woven by the empowered women from Payatas. Usually seen as doormats and as "basahans", the rags have been transformed into high-end bags designed by Amina Aranaz into their new ultra stylish glory.

Aplaya Shopper and Aplaya Carry-all

Rags2Riches Inc. has been empowering women from poor communities like Payatas by giving them an opportunity to create and collaborate with high end fashion designers like Rajo Laurel, fashion directors, models, and marketers.

The ladies behind the bags :)

Last night's show was made more interesting with mannequins dressed with recycled newspapers designed by top fashion designers Jojie Lloren, Avel Bacudio and Dong Omaga Diaz. These creations emphasized the intricate details and craftsmanship poured onto each Rags2Riches bags. with Bernice and Renee of; Reese Fernandez of Rags2Riches, Zarah Perez and friend Boyet.

Fashion designer Ely Gonzales with the R2R Team

I managed to take a peek on the prices of these bags in case one would like to make a purchase for a worthy cause. A medium sized bag only costs Php 1,500.00 which is quiet a steal knowing that you are purchasing an Aranaz creation. More than that, the thought that you helped merge two very different worlds: high end fashion and underprivileged communities, is breathtaking.

Bumped into model/host Mike Montalban

Guests lined up to purchase the bags for the first time and amongst the crowd were the women of Payatas looking very proud and blooming with happiness. It was truly their shining night and they deserved it well.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan with guests

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