Sunday, April 19, 2009

good news about bags

BBC's rico hizon is our facebook friend and everyday his status is always some feel-good update from goodnewspilipinas.com. most of the time it's about the philippines being voted the most this or the best that, or about filipino athletes and entertainers, or about half-filipino achievers from all over the world. then today he posted something about a bag designer:

"Rico Hizon The bags of a Filipino icon in bag designing is now on show at the World’s Biggest Museum of Bags and Purses in the Netherlands. Details on: http://goodnewspilipinas.com/wp/?p=5027. Proud to be Pinoy!"

could it be aranaz? or celestina? or rafe totengco?? but when we clicked on the link, were we surprised:

Dutch Museum showcases Cora Jacob’s bags
Posted on April 17th, 2009
under We are Pinoys!

A Filipino icon in bag designing is now on show at the world’s biggest museum of bags and purses in the Netherlands.

Cora Jacob, is first-ever Filipino to grace the prestigious Tussenmuseum Hendrikje or the Museum of Bags and Purses.

She is well-known for introducing Filipino craftsmanship to exclusive fashion houses like Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, and her designs also graced the shelves of New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s as well as other chic boutiques in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The lawyer-turned bag designer was invited by no less than the director and curator of the world’s biggest museum of bags.

The exhibition entitled Woven Chic Spring-Summer Collection 2009, features eight different lines of bags made of shells, crystal beads, sequins, pearls and other materials woven onto buntal fabric.

Made of indigenous Philippine materials, Jacob’s bags stand alongside those dating from the late 16th century to present day at the Tussenmuseum Hendrikje or Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sigrid Ivo, daughter of museum founder Hendrikje Ivo, was impressed by the colorful collection inspired by tropical themes like the sea, lush forests, tropical fruits and the sun.

“Even in Netherlands, there are craftsmanship that are already lost that is why I am very happy to see old craftsmanship in modern designs. The materials are very elegant and unusual that we don’t even know here in Europe that is why they are very interesting.” adds Sigrid.

The collection impressed even Madame Martine Louise Amélie van Loon née Labouchere, the Mistress of the Robes to Queen Beatrix (closest confidante of the queen), who graced the ribbon cutting.

Woven Chic, Cora Jacob Summer-Spring Collection 2009, will be displayed at the Museum of Bags and Purses until May 3.


from memory, cora jacob was one of the first names to turn the lowly filipino native bag into something fashionable. before aranaz, celestina, or even rafe totengco came into the picture, cora jacob was already an established bag designer who exported her collections to europe. and during those days, the local market had yet to appreciate our native materials and wear them with pride. kasi back then, parang baduy, or parang pang matanda, or parang probinsyana. but these days, we won't hesitate to carry a banig tote bag everyday or to pair a shell-encrusted clutch with our evening gown. have our tastes matured, evolved, developed...? or have we simply matured, evolved, developed as filipinos who appreciate and take pride in our own...?

for more information on the exhibit, go here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay for cora jacob! It's about time someone else took the spotlight. I personally don't think aranaz deserves to share the limelight alongside bea valdes, celestina and rafe. i've heard amina aranaz is notorious for bashing young brands, including her own former students.
tsk tsk. aranaz bags also seem very inspired by bea valdes' creations.

fuchsiaboy said...

or maybe because it has become chic abroad so it's chic here na rin? ;)