Larone and Denim Closet

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DenimCloset pants / Larone bag / MURUA glasses / Moussy top / SM Parisian heels / Casio Sheen watch

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DenimCloset pants, Larone bag, MURUA glasses, Moussy top, Keds sneakers

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DenimCloset pants / Larone bag / MURUA glasses / EMODA top / Esperanza boots

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Larone (ラロ ー ン) is a 100% Filipino-owned brand of handbags which is sold in Japanese boutiques and chain stores like BEAMS, Freak’s, Spic and Span, and Nolley’s!

During my recent trips to Japan, I noticed “Made in the Philippines” tags in clothing, bags, and accessories (did you know that some of MURUA’s earrings are actually made here?) now more than ever! It only shows how good the Filipino quality is. Really makes me so proud.

What’s even better is that Larone’s bags are made from 100% natural fibers, and are handwoven by marginalized communities all around the Philippines. The brand works with micro businesses, women’s groups, and cooperatives that provide livelihood to mostly stay-at-home moms who can work from home and take care of their kids at the same time. By buying bags from them, you are supporting world-class Filipino talent. Feel free to email/contact them!

On the other hands, the jeans that I’m wearing in all these looks are from Denim Closet, a Japanese jeans brand that originated from Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture. Okayama is not only famous for being the setting of Japanese folk tale Momotaro, but Kurashiki, in particular, is known as Japan’s “denim capital”.

I used to be strictly a skinny jeans kind of girl, until I grew older and realized the magic of loose, boyfriend jeans. This is why I consciously stopped saying stuff like “I’ll never wear (insert item here).”, because my tastes always change. Who knows what I’ll be in the mood to wear next?

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Speaking of Japanese fashion…

You just might qualify to win a trip a trip to Japan with #EnjoyJapanPH #POTW (Photo of the Week) Contest!

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EnjoyJapanPH just ended their Week 1 (Japanese Food) and Week 2 (Japanese Items) contests, but the excitement’s only beginning now. The Week 3 challenge is JAPANESE FASHION!

Post your favorite Japanese-inspired OOTDs (could be anything from modern Harajuku style to traditional yukata style), or Japan-taken street style snaps on your Facebook with the tags #EnjoyJapanPH and #POTW. Of course the photos have to be original!

Tag the EnjoyJapanPH Facebook page to let them know, and let your friends like your photo! The photo with the most likes wins a chance to go to Japan!

Post them on Facebook before MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 12 MIDNIGHT! Read the mechanics to make sure your photos are included in the contest!

You can read all about the contest here. Join now!