BANAGO, Founded in June 2011
“The Banago brand was created to support and expand livelihoods of artisan communities in the Philippines where my family is from. Growing up seeing both my mother and grandmother work at home sewing clothes for the Los Angeles garment district factories while they took care of my sisters and I at home and my father went to work I understood the importance of the cottage industries and how they improve the lives of women. After about 15 years in the Fashion industry in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Tokyo I felt it was time to return to my second home in the Philippines to use the knowledge and relationships I have gained throughout my career to come back home and help people improve their lives by designing with them and promoting their love of the arts and crafts of their home villages.
Here at BANAGO we aim to support sustainable livelihoods and preserve ailing arts and crafts with various products that span a work force from the farmer of the natural materials the products are made from to the artisans. We teach them the importance of quality work and entrepreneurship in hopes of empowering these women. So far we have been successful because we have stayed true to our beliefs that true luxury is having the ability to help.”
- BANAGO Founder, Creative Director, Renee Patron
Banago has made its mark and has quickly become a favorite amongst the globe trotting fashion industry and has expanded its retail outlets to over 500 doors across the United States and Asia with big name retailers as Jcrew, Anthropologie, Wynn Hotel resorts, Trina Turk, Beams Japan, Nordstroms just to name a few and brand collaborations with Tommy Bahama and TOMS. With its success Banago has been able to expand its production network to over 400 women artisans and plans to expand its product ranges to support more artisan communities in the different regions of the Philippines.
On November 8 of 2013 Banago’s entire production infrastructure and the homes of its artisans and the founders homes were completely destroyed by the biggest typhoon ever recorded in history – Typhoon Haiyan, locally know in the Philippines as Yolanda. Since then it has been Banago’s mission to restore the homes and lives of the Banago network and its women. Support BANAGO by purchasing products here on this site and help expand livelihood opportunities for the survivors and victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
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