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She Dares To: A Conversation with Lynn Pinugu

She Dares To: A Conversation with Lynn Pinugu

"I was a former university scholar and I sincerely believe that all the opportunities I have had access to in life would not have been possible without the help of the people who helped send me to school, and invested in my potential. This experience is what compelled me to help put up Mano Amiga Philippines nine years ago."
She Dares To: A Conversation with Chely Esguerra

She Dares To: A Conversation with Chely Esguerra

"I find that my choices are underpinned by these drivers: first is to leave this world better than when I have found it and two, to have the people around me recognize or remember that life is a gift."
Gifts That Matter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Gifts That Matter: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

We believe that gift-giving should be done with mindfulness and intention, like all other things we do for the people who matter. It’s so much better if the presents we purchase are made with a meaningful story, are functional for everyday use, and give joy to more than just the recipient.

This is why we have Gifts That Matter, our recommendations of gifts that are locally crafted, artisan-made, and story-filled. What else could be better kinds of presents on this season of giving?
Things That Matter is Launching on November 2017

Things That Matter is Launching on November 2017

Things That Matter is a joyful marketplace that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle. But it is more than just a one-stop shop for all beautiful and meaningful products. It is also a community of advocates who are creating a better world, one intentional decision at a time.
On Being a Versionary: Riki Flores-Reyes

On Being a Versionary: Riki Flores-Reyes

Riki Flores-Reyes is one of the women for the Versions Collection. She is a radio DJ, TV presenter, friend, daughter, sister, wife, and mother. Read all about her different hats, her passions and principles, and why she is an R2R advocate.
Made in the Philippines: Classic, Sustainable Dresses by Linea Etnika

Made in the Philippines: Classic, Sustainable Dresses by Linea Etnika

Although sustainable fashion is still young in the Philippines, there are now so many small businesses starting out with this vision of doing fashion responsibly and sustainably. One of the up and coming small businesses in the pursuit of slow fashion is Linea Etnika.
The Story of the Versions Collection

The Story of the Versions Collection

Our S/S 2017 collection, Versions, embraces the beautiful complexity of the R2R Woman and adapts to the multiple transformations she makes every day while still weaving together the values she carries. Each piece in this collection transforms into two completely different personas, adapting to the different versions of the R2R Woman.

The 3 Joyful Couples of Rags2Riches

The 3 Joyful Couples of Rags2Riches

We sat down with three joyfully married couples of R2R––Ate Nhing & Kuya Jhune, Ate Sugar & Kuya Yam, and Reese & Mark––and asked them to share their love story this Valentine's Day.
Made in the Philippines: Premium Local Teas by Tsaa Laya

Made in the Philippines: Premium Local Teas by Tsaa Laya

Tsaa Laya is a social enterprise that employs the women of Calauan to grow local herbs, fruits, and spices and make tea out of them, promoting Philippine plants as modern tea ingredients in the process.
Made in the Philippines: Embroidered T’boli Espadrilles by Zarah Juan

Made in the Philippines: Embroidered T’boli Espadrilles by Zarah Juan

Zarah Juan is an independent bag maker with an eponymous brand who partners with local artisans, weavers, and suppliers to create pieces that are a testament to the Filipino journey.
Gifts That Matter: Gift Guide From The R2R Holiday 2016 Catalog

Gifts That Matter: Gift Guide From The R2R Holiday 2016 Catalog

This gift guide features the R2R Holiday 2016 Catalog, showcasing our classic pieces and some new styles that you (and the people who matter in your life!) will surely love.
R2R Launches the Medina Collection for F/H 2016

R2R Launches the Medina Collection for F/H 2016

Rags2Riches, a fashion and design house empowering community artisans from the Philippines, is expanding its line of classic, functional, and artisanal bags by launching its Fall/Holiday 2016 Collection, the Medina on the 20th of September at South Court, Power Plant Mall.
Our 3 Collections Woven with Philippine Indigenous Textiles

Our 3 Collections Woven with Philippine Indigenous Textiles

Most R2R advocates are familiar with the artisans behind the signature R2R weave that make up most of our pieces. But there is a group of weavers that we also love working and weaving joyful stories with. These are the talented indigenous communities around the Philippines.
R2R Living Turns 2

R2R Living Turns 2

Since the launch of R2R Living two years ago, we've been working hard to bring stylish, artisanal, and sustainable home accents to our growing number of R2R advocates who value green design for your homes. And in those two years, we’ve achieved some milestones that we would like to share and celebrate with you.
Recap: MYO Workshop and Open House Last June 25-26

Recap: MYO Workshop and Open House Last June 25-26

It’s the first time we’ve let our advocates have a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in our workshop and have them actually participate in the bag-making process with our workshop artisans. Here are the highlights of what our advocates experienced during the exclusive workshop and open house.
The 5 Filipino Designers of R2R

The 5 Filipino Designers of R2R

A big part of what we do in R2R is transformation. It’s in our name itself, Rags2Riches. From starting with rugs or floor mats used in many Filipino homes to making meaningful bags and home accents, we’ve come a long way. Much of this should be credited to the designers who provided a vision that propelled our artisans’ talent for weaving into a brand beloved by our advocates.
How to Fall in Love with Metro Manila: 5 Must-See Places to Visit

How to Fall in Love with Metro Manila: 5 Must-See Places to Visit

There are so many things to love about Metro Manila and we don't even have to look that hard to see it. We’ve curated this list for both tourists visiting Metro Manila for the first time or for those living in the city for so long but are looking for reasons to fall in love with it again.

20 Proudly Filipino Brands We Love

20 Proudly Filipino Brands We Love

This is a much-needed shout-out to Filipino brands and items we're head over heels for here at the R2R HQ! These are products, places, and people we’re in love with because they embody everything the R2R team personally believes in: excellence in quality, proudly homegrown, and an empowering social or environmental vision.
3 Ways to Keep the Joy of Summer In Your Home

3 Ways to Keep the Joy of Summer In Your Home

Summer is almost over and as much as we’re glad that the weather is starting to be much cooler, we're going to miss being able to hang out and have adventures under the sun. The rainy season calls for a lot of staying indoors but that doesn’t mean we have to let go of the fun and joyful feel of summer.

Here are three ways to keep the summer spirit alive with the use of our eco-ethical home accents and pieces from R2R Living.

The Joyful Stories & Faces Behind the R2R Stores

The Joyful Stories & Faces Behind the R2R Stores

Our store ambassadors are so much more than just sales associates; they are true representatives of R2R. Strike a conversation with them when you visit any of our stores and they can share with you the many joyful stories under their belt.
Mother's Day Giveaway: Win a Classic R2R Buslo

Mother's Day Giveaway: Win a Classic R2R Buslo

In honor of this weekend's occasion, we have a gift to all our amazing mommy advocates! Get a chance to win a classic Buslo for you (or your mom!) by joining our giveaway contest.
Who Made Your Bags? Meet the Workshop Artisans of R2R

Who Made Your Bags? Meet the Workshop Artisans of R2R

In honor of Fashion Revolution Week 2016, we're going to take you through our workshop and introduce to you the faces behind our production process.
The Women of Valore: Danella Yaptinchay

The Women of Valore: Danella Yaptinchay

For the Valore Collection, we’ve picked three amazing women to be advocates — all fitting women to represent this collection's meaningful story. We’re honored for you to meet and be inspired by them! Read about the last of our three R2R advocates for the Valore: Danella Yaptinchay.

The Women of Valore: Coco Cruz

The Women of Valore: Coco Cruz

For the Valore Collection, we’ve picked three amazing women to be advocates — all fitting women to represent this collection's meaningful story. We’re honored for you to meet and be inspired by them! Read about the second of our three R2R advocates for the Valore: Coco Cruz.
The Women of Valore: Issa Cuevas-Santos

The Women of Valore: Issa Cuevas-Santos

For the Valore Collection, we’ve picked three amazing women to be advocates — all fitting women to represent this collection's meaningful story. We’re honored for you to meet and be inspired by them! Read about the first of our three R2R advocates for the Valore: Issa Cuevas-Santos.
Behind the Scenes of the Valore Collection: A Q&A with R2R's Lead Designer Chris

Behind the Scenes of the Valore Collection: A Q&A with R2R's Lead Designer Chris

The meaningful story behind the Valore Collection is the brainchild of R2R's lead designer, Chris Cera. Allow us to take you through the design process of this newest collection, where he gets his inspiration to design R2R's artisanal bags, and what you can expect from R2R's upcoming collections.
The Story of the Valore Collection

The Story of the Valore Collection

The Valore Collection illustrates the story of Filipinos living in other parts of the world yet still carry with them the things they value the most. We hear about these modern day heroes every day – how they found themselves uprooted from the familiarity and comfort of home in order to secure better lives for their loved ones back in the Philippines. It is their hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the people and principles they value that brought life to the bags of Valore.
Why Rags2Riches? The Meaning Behind Our Name

Why Rags2Riches? The Meaning Behind Our Name

It is a little tongue-in-cheek, a little (or very) cheesy, and could even be confusing at times. So why the name "Rags2Riches"?

The Story Behind the Signature R2R Weave

The Story Behind the Signature R2R Weave

The signature R2R weave is special not just because of how it looks. The magic of this weave starts in the homes of our community-based artisans where they take strips of fabric, knot them together, and weave them using a simple wooden frame with perfectly calibrated nails. Let us break that down a little bit.
Meet the First R2R Bride & Peek Into an R2R Woman's Wedding

Meet the First R2R Bride & Peek Into an R2R Woman's Wedding

Last January 2016, we beta launched R2R Bespoke, our made-to-order service for your most special life events: weddings, debuts, baptisms, and more. This is a huge milestone for us and we are super grateful because this new line paves the way for more of our amazing artisans to get access to markets. Aside from this, we get to be part of one of the most important days in our advocates' lives and nothing is more exciting than that.
No-Hassle Tassels: The Easiest Way to Upcycle Your Old Shirts

No-Hassle Tassels: The Easiest Way to Upcycle Your Old Shirts

Upcycle your old shirts and turn them into beautiful tassels with only 2 materials and 8 super easy steps. These tassels can be used as accessories to decorate your bags (like what we do with our Stella Clutches!) or even as keychains and room decorations.

Are you ready for some upcycling magic?

Four-Way Casey Bag

Four-Way Casey Bag

One bag. Four unique ways.

This is why we call the Casey the bag-of-all-trades. Watch how this multi-transfiguration bag transforms into four different designs.

An Afternoon About the Home: R2R Living x Marilen.ph Launch

An Afternoon About the Home: R2R Living x Marilen.ph Launch

Last February 9, 2016, we launched our newest home collection, R2R Living x Marilen.ph, at the R2R store in The Podium Mall. This collection is in collaboration with Marilen Faustino-Montenegro.
We're Going Home: R2R Living x Marilen.ph

We're Going Home: R2R Living x Marilen.ph

We finally have all those pretty, artisan-made, and functional pieces you have always wanted for your home. This collaboration with Marilen.ph is a first for our home accessories line; it has allowed us to branch out from area rugs and pillowcases and into handwoven planters, serving trays, and more that our artisans wove for you.
R2R x Risqué: Shoes That Matter

R2R x Risqué: Shoes That Matter

Last January 15, we held our first event of 2016: the R2R x Risqué Launch and Shopping Party. We launched our most exciting collaborative piece yet; Risqué designed three new shoes and incorporated the signature R2R woven panel in them!
Give Gifts That Matter: R2R Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Give Gifts That Matter: R2R Holiday Gift Guide 2015

For your gift-giving this season, we've curated a guide to help you pick gifts for your friends and family. After all, what better way of showing love and gratitude than giving gifts that are handmade with precision and care? Every R2R item is intricately handcrafted and heartwoven using upcycled and overstock fabric by our talented community artisans. It's this kind of intentional and meaningful gift-giving that makes the holiday season all the more special and filled with love.

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