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5 Local Fashion Brands and How They Got Their Names

Do you know what Bench or Penshoppe stands for?

These local brands have been around for so long, providing proudly homegrown stylish apparel. But just how were these names established? Read on to find out!Bench/IMAGE BenchThe man behind it is also the namesake of the said brand: Ben Chan. It was ...

by Steph Sison for  | August 23, 2017 12:00:00
News and Events

Davao Fashion House Boosts Sales Tenfold Thanks to PH-Japan Trade Deal

Crystal Seas exports a bulk of its output despite trading constraints facing SMEs

Most of the time, commentary on the country’s trade deals are negative, dwelling on how the agreements are hurting local businesses and workers unable to compete with cheaper or better products from other countries.It’s a bit refreshing to hear, then, that a ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 23, 2017 03:00:00
Business Ideas

The business model of Georgina Wilson

How a sought-after endorser crossed over to retail and dining, with her trend-savvy posse

Start your own business and your life will be over.At least that’s according to model, TV host and business owner Georgina Wilson. But from the looks of things, she appears to be, at the very least, exaggerating, and all in good humor.Pregnant ...

by Angelo Cantera  | October 30, 2016 08:00:00
Business Ideas

Why the future looks bright for Sunnies Cafe

This trendy dining spot opens a second branch and secures a youthful, upwardly mobile fan base

Anyone who would like to try Sunnies Cafe should first keep this in mind: the brains behind this California-based, dining concept do not want you to eat their food outside.“There have been exceptions,” said Eric Thomas Dee, president of the cafe’s parent ...

by Angelo Cantera  | October 29, 2016 05:00:00
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Brothers and sisters: How founders reach the top with siblings in tow

As an old song goes, they ain’t heavy ”" they’re your partners

Love them or hate them, our siblings could be our best-est friends or mortal enemies. With relationships often running on extremes, the business world has often advised: business and family don’t mix. So what gives?These company founders and entrepreneurial siblings share how ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 12, 2016 08:00:00
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How Zalora is changing online shopping for Filipinos

UPDATED - With PH emerging as a major e-commerce force, Zalora is out to seize the market

Gone are the days when long lines during sale season, or imminent standstill traffic, stop shoppers from retail therapy. Just as how millennials and baby boomers learned how to tweet, take selfies and post statuses, businesses developed virtual shopping malls, making sure ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | October 09, 2016 12:00:00
News and Events

Asian fashion brands captivate buyers at HK’s CENTRESTAGE

From Korean athleisure to Arabian evening wear, most market needs were fashionably met

An international fashion trade show called CENTRESTAGE, showcasing around 200 fashion brands from around the world, debuted in Hong Kong with the participation of 8,300 buyers from 71 countries and regions. Almost 40 percent of buyers reportedly came from Asia other than ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | September 14, 2016 01:00:00
Business Ideas

Erwan Heussaff, Rajo Laurel, Lori Baltazar on brand-making

Personality makes the product

There are personalities who endorse brands, and there are personalities who become brands. Both enjoy celebrity status, use their fame to influence taste and successfully sell products or services. So, what’s the difference?For food blogger Lori Bautista-Baltazar, fashion designer Rajo Laurel and ...

by Kim Arveen Patria  | August 13, 2016 12:00:00
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Parisian, taking steps in the right direction

How SM Store’s pioneer line of shoes continues to strut through the digital age

Despite being one of the oldest in-house brands of the SM Store, Parisian, a line of shoes and bags for women, remains to be in fashion, thanks mostly to the multi-pronged measures undertaken by the retail giant in the last nine years.This ...

by Angelo Cantera  | August 12, 2016 09:00:00
News and Events

Prescription glasses finally made stylish

Sunnies Studios, taking cue from customers, launch a hip eyewear line

The team behind Sunnies Studios, seeing great potential in providing people with stylish prescription eyewear at reasonable prices, may have found their tricky endeavor finally seeing stylish success.It all began with group of friends consisting of a pair of cousins and a ...

by Entrepreneur Staff  | August 04, 2016 05:00:00

Cebu-based shoemaker wants PH to be Italy of Asia again

Valen Antoine, creator of customized and personally-delivered shoes, opens for franchising

 Have you ever wished you can have new shoes with just one call?This premium and smart business idea is what pushed Valen Antoine CEO May Valencia to diversify her current shoe business into a more personalized service.“When I gained weight, I had ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 29, 2016 03:00:00
Business Ideas

The highs and lows of being a freelancer

Learn how these side hustlers juggle their day jobs with their passions while earning

Maybe you’re thinking of quitting your job and work freelance. You’ll be in good company. Close to 1.4 million Filipino users are registered in online jobs platform Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, making the Philippines its third-largest earning region in the world.Worldwide, the number ...

by Baby Panares  | July 24, 2016 05:00:00
News and Events

How Uber and Zalora stay ahead

In the age of disruption, business is not all about flashy ideas and inventions

At a time when the next big idea sprouts out of nowhere every day, the early disruptors and poster children of technology startups are on their toes to remain ahead of the pack. And as only less than half of the country’s ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 21, 2016 03:00:00