Monday, May 21, 2012

Ladies, Meet CATHY

When you want to break free from the covetous claws that consume you when luxury designer bags come into the picture, remember there are a host of local labels to support instead. You may already be familiar with Aranaz, Celestina, and Bea Valdes, including the socio-eco chic that is Rags2Riches, and if so, here's another brand you might want to add to your repertoire: CATHY.

Cathy is an eponymous label named after its designer, Cathy de Leon-Pamandanan, who found her calling while still in college. Sensing that there weren't enough fun, reasonably priced bags for students like her, she took it upon herself to dream up the bags she wanted, and fortunately found a bag manufacturer who could bring her  designs to life.

Years later, after her initial steps into bag design, she continues to churn out the most adorable pieces that don't break the bank. Check out these bags from her latest collection.

JOSIE Wood Bead Ruffle Clutches P1,200 each

LEIGH Tinalak and Bamboo Patchwork Clutch P1,200 & ALEJANDRA Silk Ikat Clutch P1,600

MARINA Tinalak and Leather Tote P1,800 & REBECCA Tricolor Tote P1,600

DENISE iPad Case (Black/Neon Yellow) P800

Leopard print Ball Purse with Turquoise and Agate stones P3,800 & Multicolor Embellished Ball Purse with Agate stones and resin cabochons P5,500

As you may have noticed, Cathy's bags, clutches, purses and gadget cases incorporate hand-woven tinalak made by tribes in Mindanao, carefully inlaid shell components sourced from Cebu, and woven sabutan mats from Aurora. While everything is truly Filipino, the designs are contemporary and I can actually see Josie, Leigh, Alejandra and Marina in the pages of InStyle or Lucky Magazine. Made from traditional, rustic materials, yes. But very very "of the moment", very "now". 

CATHY is available online through  as well as Preview Magazine’s virtual mall,, at CABANA, a showroom/boutique in Legaspi Village, Makati, and at FIRMA in Greenbelt 3.

For inquiries or orders, you may also contact Cathy directly at:
Email -
Mobile Number - 0917-835-8346  


Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Very exotic and unique patterns. These are gorgeous.
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April said...

They're really pretty! :) Thanks for sharing, Tin!

Jackie Go said...

ooooh I suddenly want Denise the iPad case! the contrast of neon yellow on black is just lovely! Is it made of real leather? :)

cd_mfo said...

Hi Jackie! Made from faux leather, and tinalak =)

Anonymous said...

where's Cabana? can i just go there?

KatDyFinds said...

Ooh thanks for posting about her! I used to pull out from her and she does have nice yet affordable bags :)

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