For Best Product Design for Fashion, designer Carissa Cruz Evangelista of Beatriz Accessories won for her “Space Collection” of ladies’ evening clutches made of sandblasted and hammered brass dipped either in silver or gold.
Although she got cited for her bags, the collection also includes iPad cases, wallets and coin purses. Since there’s also a handmade component involved, no two bags look exactly the same.
And despite the collection’s name, Evangelista’s clutches are modern, but not futuristic. She considers them timeless.
“They’re something you could probably use in the 1950s up to now, and still manage to look modern,” Evangelista said.
She and 11 other designers were part of this edition of Manila Wear, a grouping selected and curated by New York-based Filipino-American designer Josie Natori for Manila FAME.
The group tasked to judge the Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts found no deserving winner in the category.
Filipino-American Bryan Benitez McClelland won Best Eco product for Bambike line of bicycles made of bamboo, rattan and resin.
This article was first published by Inquirer lifestyle.