Christian Louboutin Launched his Manila-inspired Bags using Philippine Textiles


Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Yesterday, Christian Louboutin shared his newest bag collection inspired by his travel in Manila, Philippines.

"Manilacaba" is a new bag of the Fall / Winter Collection of 2018, a bag that decorates the last part of the popular limited bag "Hiba" series three copies following "Africa Ba" "Mexicana".

Christian Loubotin, travels to the Philippines last November 2017, and truly mesmerized with its unique beauty. "I am conceived from the diverse cultures and traditions of the Philippines", he said.

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin




Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

On the front of the bag embroidered with sequins and cotton threads, playfully expressing jealousy together. He also portrays the passionate lifestyle of Manila people in a bold pattern on the lining, with words "Makati", "Philippines", "With Love" and "No Selfies".

The bags have these famous jeepney designs embroidered in the satin and denim fabrics, and incorporated with handwoven fabrics made by the local artisans from Mindanao region. The vibrant colors of these bags translates the unique beauty of the whole Philippines, and how creative and talented these artisans.

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Manilacaba bags by Christian Louboutin

Manilacaba bag's anatomy

Manilacaba bags are composed of various traditional Philippine textiles. The left side panel of the bag features Yakan backstrap loom weaves from Basilan, while the right side panel is made of Binakol opt art weaves that originated from the Itneg tribe of Northern Luzon. The bottom of the bag features the T'nalak, which is the traditional tapestry  of the T'boli from South Cotabato. The sequined pattern, called  K'gal Entilas, is usually seen on the traditional T'boli garb worn by women on special occasions.



The color which made use of the brightness of the Philippine style design is woven into symmetry and the name of a designer is also treated on the side. Eye catchy shining sequins sewn around the red frame in the center are reminiscent of the pearl color of shells captured in various parts of the Philippines.

The handle uses the spike which is the signature of "Christian Louboutin".




The designer collaborates with the local women entrepreneurs and artisans of non-profit organization "GREAT Women" (Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women). I am so thrilled to see these collection, and very proud that our rich Filipino designs and cultures are becoming known worldwide!

These limited edition bags are now available online at Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.


Even Japanese actress and model Yu Yamada loves Manilacaba!

We've got a scoop from our friends in Tokyo that Isetan Shinjuku store in Japan is currently hosting a Pop-up shop for this collection started yesterday May 2nd until May 13, 2018.


These two tote bags are priced at $1,700++ (+ tax) each.





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  1. This is so fantastic!! One great designer admired our textiles. Made me feel proud as a Pinay!

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    1. That is so true! And I feel proud to our local artisans. Their crafts must live on.

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  2. Would love to have some of those bags as Mother's Day gift. :)

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  3. Such beautiful colours and love that they incorporated the colour

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    1. This is how colorful the Philippines are!

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  4. I am obsessed with Christian Louboutin!

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    1. OMG have you got your Manilacaba reservation?

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  5. Nice design. love the size of the bag since i always bring lots of thing with me when outing. the colour also colourful. Even using traditional Philippine textiles but looks modern

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    1. So true! I'm proud that our traditional fabrics are going global.

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  6. I want one of those bags because they're way too cute. It looks roomy enough for me to put everything I think I need in it when I go anywhere. Thanks for the heads up about these.

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    1. You're welcome. Keep on checking its availability at Neimanmarcus and Bergdorf

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  7. How cool! I love Christian Loubiton!

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  8. The colors and the detailing is incredible. I want one!

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    1. Thanks dear! Keep on visiting the Neimanmarcus online store. Or you visit the Philippines to get those traditional fabrics on-hand.

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  9. cantik betul design macam ni.. looks great their heels

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  10. Why is it I am not surprised that he has used Manila textile? It's high time a designer of his stature appreciates the intricacy of such textile.

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    1. I agree. The best thing about this collection is that he acknowledge the local artisans crafts and talents. Not a credit grabber.

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  11. These bags are gorgeous, but that price is a bit crazy, As a mom I my bags take a lot of wear and tear and I'd want a more durable textile for that price.

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    1. Hahaha yeah that's call luxury fashion.

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  12. I love the bright colors on these bags. The stitching looks so awesome too and I like the designs on the bags.

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  13. Wow! These bags are fabulous and so different! One more reason to visit the Philippines again:)

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    1. Thank you! We have many creative artisans that still do traditional weaving. Come and visit the Philippines!

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  14. Wow, I never heard of this not until I was able to read your post. Very nice design and of course proud Filipina right here. I hope more designers will also populate something like this.

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    1. I hope that many Filipino designers per se starts to use our traditional fabrics, and not wait someone uber famous to do it.

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  15. I just love all of these colors. Having things pop like this is so my style.

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    1. We can go all white then have this in your arms - fabulous!

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  16. Oh now I really like that! Such a fun scheme of colors; hard to not to want it!

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  17. These are some gorgeous textiles! I adore Christian Louboutin!

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    1. Please visit the Philippines and do fabric shopping!

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  18. It had too be exciting to me Christian Louboutin. That is awesome that he shared his newest bag collection and they looks beautiful. The Phillipines has great textiles.

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  19. I'm loving all the colors. Looks like it was a successful event

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    1. Yes it is and all sold out! The local artisans are happy because they received many orders.

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  20. WOW, I think this is so amazing that the fashion press have been relatively silent on this effort. I love to see artists expand their efforts and give back as well. So impressed.

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    1. Thank you Robin! We are proud that our local traditional fabrics are getting global.

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  21. These are really cute. I love the bright colors and the fact that they are large.

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    1. Perfect for summer (although this is part of the fall/winter collection).

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  22. I love the geometric prints, the vivid colors, and the handmade designs. Everything looks so inviting!

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  23. There are some really gorgeous patterns here, it is super exciting to get a collection like this! I wouldn't know which to pick they are all lovely.

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  24. bag embroidered with sequins and cotton threads tu sangat cantik .. i reaaly like it so much.. hehe.. kalau dapat bagi my mom mesti dia suka sangat-sangat

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  25. im a proud filipina here and so excited to hear that spectacular news. i love those beautiful handmade bags.

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    1. Thank you Ming Ming! Even its not Christian Louboutin label, let's promote and use our Philippine fabrics.

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  26. I love the design of the bags here. They are super colourful and stylish.

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  27. I didn't know this was happening. How exciting!

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  28. I just watched heart evangelista in a youtube video and she was showing her wardrobe and I got curious of the loubutin that she was mentioning. His designs look very impressive indeed!

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    1. I know right?! I would literally die inside her closet :D

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  29. This is art you can take with you. I love the beautiful patterns, colors, and designs.

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    1. I agree. You carry the luxury name and the precious tradition of the Philippines.

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  30. I would love one of those textile purses in a smaller size. I strongly believe these would outlive all my other purses, the beauty and craftsmanship is like no other.

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    1. Thank you dear! Hope you visit the Philippines, coz we have many traditional fabrics here (and you can get it for a reasonable costs!).

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  31. I so want to have one of such colorful bags. Totally in love with the collection.

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  32. I love the design of the bag using Philippine fabric! I love the vibrant and colorful texture, it was a nice bag to style in.

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    1. I agree! So sad that this is his last collection for his "caba" bag series.

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  33. Those area really interesting pieces of bags! Would love to have one for a gift to my mom. - Chuck

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    1. Yeah that's awesome! Visit the Neimanmarcus online!

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  34. SUCH a fun collection!! Did you meet him in person? If yes, I'm so jealous!

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