Be 360-Summer Ready with these Bags from Davao

DOBWA Bags from Davao

If there is one piece of fashion I always want to carry with be, it will be summer bags!

Its stylish and fashionable with quirky fun designs, that suits perfectly with my personality.

Yes those leathery stylish bags are also lovable, however I can’t carry my vintage Chanel in the beach!

I always opt for something modish, fun but low-key.

During the recent 66th Manila FAME at World Trade Center Manila, I’ve found the perfect bags for me!

Meet the DOBWA Bags

DOBWA Bags from Davao

DOBWA Bags from Davao

These gorgeous bags are created by the industrious women of Davao Oriental Bag Weavers Association (DOBWA). When I saw these bags, I felt that exciting feeling that summer will always be with me!




DOBWA Bags from Davao

Headed by Mr. Rey Macandang, the group has been doing business for almost 30-years and exporting their bags from various clients outside the country. Mr. Rey was very passionate and proud to their creative pieces, and it truly shows on each designs he presented at Manila FAME.


DOBWA Bags from Davao

They are specializing in bayong bags made of pandan, and incorporate it with other materials such as straws.

DOBWA Bags from Davao

Okay here's the behind-the-scene/interview:

I was truly amazed how Mr. Rey's team had created there bags! Truly I am mesmerized. The weave techniques was so neat, flawless!

My left hand was inside my pocket, trying my best to control myself to hoard (again!), and I was so glad that I am in the middle of interviewing him, which is a great distraction.

But I already know which one am going to buy! Yup that one above with the colorful straw!

Then came this one of the Auntie's of Manila with her assistant.





She inspected Mr. Rey's bags, and I decided to continue my interview later.

Of course, customer comes first.

I decided to come back after few minutes.

After 10-minutes and I approached Mr. Rey again. Then instantly I felt stunned.... like frozen.

MY BAG WAS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am almost teary-eyed when I asked him about the bag, and he said it was already bought my the Auntie..

DOBWA Bags from Davao

.... yup including these two above!

I was a feeling mortified (but still trying to have my composure), and I think Mr. Rey noticed it too.
Well, it was my fault (I guess).

Lesson learned - When you see something you like, don't be too confident and let the opportunity pass. I should have paid it while am interviewing him.. (crying inside).

Okay... however, Mr. Rey told he can still make that bag, and ship it for me! That will be awesome!
It will be nice to carry his bag for my next fashion events, yehey!!!

DOBWA Bags from Davao

DOBWA Bags from Davao





DOBWA Bags from Davao

They are gorgeous!

They might not be as expensive just like your luxury bags, however their quality are more sturdy and fun looking! You can bring it in the city, going out-of-town, etc.

The possibility is limitless.

And the most beautiful part is promoting and actually using locally-made products and be part of your everyday life. There is nothing more fulfilling and more fashionable than buying these kinds of fashionable pieces, created by the women from Davao Oriental.

The DOBWA group also facilitated bag-making workshops so if you are interested, you can visit them in San Roque, San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

For orders, you may contact Mr. Rey at 0912-454-1370.

They also shipped worldwide!

Bye for now because I need to order for my bags for my next shoot!


xoxo, Blair


52 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. These are such pretty bags! I love all the different colors and styles. I prefer bags like this--I don't spend a lot of money on them, I think it's silly!

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    1. These are stylish, full of space and eco-friendly!

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  2. Oh man bags are like my weakness. Can never have to many and so many great looking styles. Hard to choose.

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  3. Those bags are gorgeous! I love the black & white bag !!

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    1. Yeah and they are not heavy, plus its so cheap!

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  4. Hi Blair!
    Those bags look awesome. As you say, they are both elegant and fun. I am glad you can order them. Clients come first.. but you forgot that you were also a customer. Guess it won't happen to you again ;-)

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    1. LOL Yeah! Just a little downside of being s media partner. You have to attend the work first before shopping!

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  5. I love the black and white with the diamond-like pattern from the collection. The last photo also caught my fancy, that bag is so fashionable.

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  6. Its really nice that he offered to make you the bag you loved and ship it to you. How gutting that it was gone when you went back. They really are lovely bags.

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    1. I want to bring them for my next summer escapade.

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  7. all these bags are so beautiful and unique and perfect for summer and spring. they would also be great for beach trips.! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. You're welcome dear! They are in business for more than 30-years!

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  8. Oh...I'm so sad that your bag was bought, but it's still good, cause you will still have that design shipped to you. Hope it will arrive soon. The bags looks amazing.

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    1. Yeah, but I am happy that other customers like it as well. Means I have a good taste :D

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  9. I love these bags. I am in need of a new summer bag thanks for passing these adorable looks on.

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    1. That's awesome dear! Ready for summer :D

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  10. I love that there is such a wide variety! I also love that they are using locally-made products!

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    1. I agree. And all of these bags are made by local mothers' which help to sustain their daily income.

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  11. WOW I am a bit of a handbag collector myself, and I love all the woven straw options here... so gorgeous. DROOLING.

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    1. Hahaha thanks you Robin. Which one is your favorite?

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  12. I want them all! I tried to downsize for the past year and have been missing my big bags!

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    1. Big bags are awesome coz you can enjoy a lot of spaces.

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  13. Oh wow how beautiful are those bags, I absolutely LOVE how they have been made the bottom one in particular is so different.

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  14. Very creative!! These are pretty unique compare to bags I've seen in mall. Lovely. - Chuck

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  15. I love the looks of these bags. I love to use bags like this when traveling, or shopping and well, for anything really. There are several I'd like to check out from your photos above.

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    1. These bags seems will never go out of style. Even during spring this is fabulous!

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  16. These are such cute bags. My favorite has to be the tringular shaped weaved bag. So cute and a perfect wear to a summer beach party!

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    1. Absolutely right, and perfect gift for your girlfriends.

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  17. Oh what gorgeous bags! I love how different they all are, I would love one like that for the summer to fit in all my things!

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  18. Me and my friend are going to Tuscany next month and I know that she is waiting for a basket/straw bag to arrive which is rather cute so I can imagine that she would absolutely love this larger shopper bag. And I am glad he was able to ship out the bags that you wanted out to you!

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    1. Yeah. Hey tell us more about your Tuscany trip very soon!

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  19. Wow these bags are so colorful and fun! I can definitely see a few of the bags being perfect for the beach.

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  20. Angela Ricardo BetheaMarch 21, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    Wow!! Those are some awesome and unique bags collection. I love the vintage look of it.

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  21. These bag look amazing especially for the summer time. The women of Davao are so talented. So glad you managed to order a bag for yourself.

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  22. I know what you mean about not tagging leather bags to the beach, I often have similar problems and these bags look like the answer to my prayers

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    1. The good leather will only damage in the beach.

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  23. Oh wow. These bags remind me of those made in Jamaica. I would love to own one

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  24. These bags are amazing!!! I love to get one, I need a new one soon.

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    1. That is awesome! You seems ready for summer season :D

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  25. these straw bags are all looking amazing! they'd be perfect for summer, the beach, holidays! Such a great choice as well!

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    1. Thank you Corinne! And they are eco-friendly.

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  26. What a great bags for spring and summer! I love finding good deals like this!

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