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Charles & Keith Launches Collection with Filipino Brand Woven

Woven X Charles and Ketih MANILA, PHILIPPINES- In honor of International Women’s Day, CHARLES & KEITH collaborates with Woven, a social enterprise based in the Philippines, to produce a special capsule collection of hand-woven products. Inspired by the theme “Empowering Women of Tomorrow,” it consists of four unique products and is part of a movement to provide women with vital skills to better their lives and give them a voice in their communities.

The special capsule collection is part of the CHARLES & KEITH’s continuing efforts to achieve the vision of a world that is free from gender discrimination, inequality and violence.  Through this collaboration, Woven will be able to continue providing skills and leadership training to the women in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of young women to continue the craft.

The collection includes a tote bag, a circle top handle bag, a clutch and a pouch. They are made of banig -- dried grass and dyed palm leaves that are handwoven by skilled artisans based in Basey, Samar. For every product sold from the collection, 20% of the net sales would be donated to the weavers of Woven.

According to Trish Lim, co-founder and CEO of Woven, “It’s wonderful to see women use their talents, skills and knowledge to create opportunities for other women and make their lives better.” Aside from being able to continue the tradition of weaving in their communities, they feel empowered from having a sustainable source of livelihood that allows them provide three meals a day and education for their children.

The CHARLES & KEITH capsule collection for International Women’s Day 2019 is available on CHARLESKEITH.COM—excluding the UK, EU and Japan markets starting on March 7.

Fashion entrepreneurs, Charles & Keith Wong founded CHARLES & KEITH in 1996 upon identifying the potential of footwear designs catered for eastern women. CHARLES & KEITH is the go-to fashion destination for stylish urbanites, recognized for its desirable fashion and curated collections of relevant designs. With women as the central focus, the brand has developed a full-fledged line of footwear, bags, eyewear, accessories and costume jewelry. Pushing forward four brand values: Experimental, Desirable, Curated and Modernity, the brand aims to celebrate women and inspire fashion and beauty every day. CHARLES & KEITH extends beyond brick-and-mortar with online shopping CHARLESKEITH.COM, making the brand available through the United States of America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

About WOVEN:

As a social enterprise that aims to uplift the lives of artisans in the Philippines, Woven strives to work directly with crafts communities to create products that bring value to their work, their lives, and cultural traditions. It started in the town of Basey, Samar after it was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda. While doing research and area development plans there, the founders came upon the banig weavers who created beautiful mats made from tikog and buri. With the help of various NGOs, the enterprise organized the artisans into community craft associations, maneuvered an increase in the industry price of banigs, and raised individual incomes by more than double. Ultimately, Woven aims to craft better opportunities for empowered craftsmen and women, for their families, and for the next weaving generations. www.wovenph.com

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