MANILA – For its landmark 10th year, MaArte Fair expands its offerings to Filipino gentlemen by introducing a special collection for the men and boys – the “Pinoy Man Cave.”
“Last year, the majority of feedback we got was that there’s nothing for the men,” said Albert Avellana, president of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc (MFPI). “So this year, we’re allotting a space for them.”
Avellana said they also noticed that men, when they accompany their ladies to the fair, would end up carrying shopping bags chock full of clothes, accessories, and home decor. This year, MFPI is changing that. “We will make it worthwhile for them,” he assures.
Here’s a preview of what to expect from the Pinoy Man Cave:
1. Dapper suits from Randy Ortiz
Exquisitely tailored colored suits matched with bold prints—that’s what haute couture designer Randy Ortiz has in store for the men. A first-time exhibitor for MaArte, Ortiz will showcase a collection that ranges from army-colored suits with seamless lines and trimmings to pieces with bold floral prints.
2. Versatile bags from Siklo Pilipinas
Made of upcycled inner tire tubes, Siklo’s bags have more than meets the eye. Outside, the bags are heavy but waterproof. Inside, there’s a cacophony of multiple pockets to put just about anything else.
3. Trendy accessories from Rameiluis
Need a splash of color? Rameiluis has you covered with its line of trendy accessories for men and children of all ages.
4. Comfy sandals from Ramir
These handmade leather sandals are comfortable and can easily match any outfit. It’s gender-neutral, too, so ladies can borrow from their partners or best gay BFFs just because.
5. Shooters from Joey de Castro
Drinking buddies can share a good smooth scotch or servings of stingy tequila using ceramic shooters from Manila-based potter Joey de Castro.
Other exhibitors with special products for the men are Filip+Inna, La Herminia Piña, Creative Definitions, Balay ni Atong, Natalya Lagdameo, and TDLG. Worry not, they will be housed in one area.
Scheduled from August 10 to 12, this year’s MaArte will be at The Gallery of The Peninsula Manila in Makati City.
The event is an annual fundraising of the MFPI to support the country’s national museums.