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25 Creatives to Watch: The Store Owners

Meet the individuals behind the distinct concepts and quality pieces

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Photography: Cyrus Panganiban Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

Furnishing the home is one of the toughest challenges any homeowner must face. Fortunately, there are different stores that offer options in various styles and designs. Whether you're completing a small space or building an eclectic home, finding the right furniture and accessories has become easier.

Meet the creative minds behind some of the well-loved brands and stores in the market today.

Sittings Editor: Sunshine Selga-Funa. Interviews by Katherine Lopez, Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, Tala Singson, and AJ Buquid.

Makeup by Archibald Tolentino, Donald Lapez, Raymond Galang and Donna Congson. Hair by Dhave Grona and Mark Rone.

Kyla Olives

Creative Director, The Olive Tree Corporation

The Olive Tree started in the early 2000s as an outlet for Kyla’s family’s linen business. After graduating from college, Kyla focused on product development, bringing in a younger, more artistic spirit into their merchandise. The Olive Tree retails in bazaars around the metro.

Instagram: @livethelinendreamwww.theolivetreeph.com

Mico and Nikki Quesada

Owners, Decoliving

Siblings Mico and Nikki Quesada are two of the many faces behind online store Decoliving, which sells unique and beautiful area rugs not readily available in other local rug stores. Since their store is online, they bank on top-quality service. The duo offers demos on site to make sure that the rug accents your home perfectly. 

www.decolivingmanila.com

Jacy Gamboa and Marie Gutierrez

Owners, Luona Concept Store

 After working on different projects, architect Jacy Gamboa wanted her design to concentrate more on what she likes—hence, Luona's specific style. Her cousin Marie Gutierrez shares the same aesthetic and has been helping with the branding. Some of the pieces are products of local artisans that the duo are collaborating with.

www.luonaconceptstore.com

Mariel San Agustin

Owner, Domesticity

Mariel named her business Domesticity because of her love affair with things for the home. Now 13 years old, Domesticity not only produces home wares but has also become “a social enterprise.” The brand works with a Gawad Kalinga community in San Carlos, Cebu City, providing additional source of income for some of the locals in Negros Occidental.

www.mydomesticity.com

Joel Salazar and Paul Baes

Owners and Designers, Lucina Home

Lucina has grown since it was featured in last December’s Real Living as a shop chockfull of delicately beautiful furnishings. From its humble beginnings, they now have a new branch in Ayala Mall Serin and another one in Nuvali is in the works. 

www.lucina.ph

Justin Uy

President, ADA Nature Aquariums

In Hong Kong, where Justin spent his college years, “all the fish stores would feature Aqua Design Amano. It was known to be the best brand of aquariums,” he recalls. Fast-forward to a couple of years later, Justin introduced the Japanese brand to the Philippines. ADA hopes to educate Filipinos that a properly set up aquarium won't be as hard to maintain.

Instagram: @adaphilippines

Chino Jayme, Melissa Orozco, and Kaity Chua

Owners, The Wareshop

Wareshop’s one-of-a-kind tableware, with designs that are part quirky and part vintage, make for impressive entertaining pieces. Plates, serving dishes, bowls, glass jars, and vintage flasks can be whimsically mixed and matched. 

www.thewareshop.com

Roberta Limjap and Anna Zavalla

Owners and Designers, Raw.Tura

Anna and Roberta shares that Raw.Tura doesn't have a specific design as they want to branch out into other materials. Aside from their own designs, they also collaborate with other local artists in the design industry.

www.rawtura.com

Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco

Owners and Designers, Bungalow300

Bungalow300 is influenced by a lifestyle of graciousness and openness—pretty prints, subtle home scents, and unfussy accents that all spell a welcoming abode. Original designs and pieces sourced from local designers cater to a clientele who love home decorating and entertaining. 

www.bungalow300.com

Charisse Tugade

Owner, The Manila Collectible Co.

More than just a souvenir shop, The Manila Collectible Co. is also an organizer of field trips, painting for kids, and heritage talks, among other cultural endeavors. “The most challenging aspect is also the most rewarding. We are able to educate people about our history. We can still do more in educating our kids [as they have fun in the process],” Charisse says.

Facebook: The Manila Collectible

Learn more about this year's creatives when you grab a copy of Real Living's July 2015 issue! You may also download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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