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The ArteFino summer pop-up celebrates local life in the tropics

Curated summer picks, mindfully made and all-Filipino, take center stage at ArteFino.

For the first time since it was founded in 2017, ArteFino will mount a four-day pop up inspired by a vibrant resort lifestyle distinct to the Philippines. From March 23 to 26, 2023, the North Court of the Power Plant Mall will be transformed into a festive summer oasis filled with handpicked fashion, body care, and home finds that inspire 365 days of sunshine.

In the Philippines, it’s always resort season. The founders of ArteFino, Marimel Francisco, Mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, Susie Quiros, and Cedie Vargas, add that at any given time, “It’s practically summer all year round in the Philippines, except for a few months of rain. You can plan a trip to any of our beautiful beaches. For us, summer isn’t just a season. It’s a lifestyle.”

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Tropical resort living is characteristic of Philippine culture. The ArteFino team emphasizes, “Whether you are staying at home or exploring new destinations, that sense of being on vacation is always within reach.” It’s this mindset that informs how local makers and artisans craft their unique design narratives through colors, prints, patterns and textures. It also inspires weather resistant workmanship, techniques, and materials of choice.

Marimel expounds, “The need to stay cool and wear breathable and lightweight garments become necessary.” And because the warm climate in the tropics is almost a year-round occurrence, versatility also factors into the aesthetic inclinations of local fashion, design and wellness brands.

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That the archipelago enjoys tropical weather all year round puts the local design and craft community at an advantage especially when it comes to creating pieces for resort or summer living. Weaving techniques of lightweight, tropical fabrics from all over the Philippines are unparalleled. The same goes for design executions on accessories and home accouterments that reverberate with coastal chicness.

Marimel furthers, “The ArteFino Resort Pop Up aims to inspire a love for local which can be injected into your contemporary lifestyle. During this limited, four-day thematic event, we invite you to discover a tropical trove filled with elevated casual pieces from different brands. There is also a curated selection of home products as well as body care items. From filling your days with resort fashion to transforming your tropical home, our special summer curation has got you covered.”

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The handpicked selection of 27 brands at ArteFino Resort highlights the mastery of local artisans in crafting products ideal for tropical living. Also, in line with the values of the HeArteFino Foundation, the fair will feature zero-waste products, handcrafted goods, and other local wares. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s partner communities and artisans.

The ArteFino Resort Pop-up will run from March 23-26, 2023 at the North Court of the Power Plant Mall. For more information and updates, follow @artefinoph on Instagram and Facebook.