Now that we are living in a world where distancing no longer means being aloof from people but instead signifies a vital factor for survival, people are exploring new ways to connect beyond physical interactions. 

Without hugs, kisses, or even hand shakes, the physical world can be no different to how we are from virtual realities—ever present but distant at the same time. But even with simple words, a digital greeting can mean so much to others.

That’s what Maison Métisse’s social bags are for: To bring a light of positivity through words that are essential in making a connection, even beyond the digital realm. Because sometimes, a “kamusta” is all we need to get through the day.

These social totes bearing greetings such as kamusta, bonjour, and hola are handwoven with tikog and buri leaves by Filipino artisans using the banig technique, a centuries-old tradition. These bags are part of the maison’s newest collection “Le Savoir-Faire,” which also presents heritage weaving techniques and hand dyed textiles.

Led by fashion designer Adrienne Charuel, Maison Métisse, hailed from the French word meaning a woman of mixed ancestry, is dedicated to showcase honest and ethical fashion this season, mixing traditions with modern lifestyle.

According to Adrienne, the collection features “sugarcane fabric, pineapple cotton blend, pure cotton, and pure handwoven silk, all made with sustainable fibers produced in the Philippine island.”

The brand envisions holiday dressing with relaxed silhouettes painted with earthy tones of nude, tangerine, blush, grey, and indigo featuring the Shibori hand dyeing techniques and the sacred hand embroidery by the Philippine Itneg Tribe which symbolizes a good harvest from honest hard work.

Check out more of Maison Métisse’s social tote bags and the “Le Savoir-Faire” on its website and @maison.metisse on Instagram. See the collection in person in its boutique pop-up at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City.

Source: Manila Bulletin (