This Online Store Sells Pretty Woven Planters and Handmade Items
The plus side? Buying a piece helps local weavers and craftsmen, too!
When we featured Aubrey Miles’s enchanting house filled with different plants, we can’t help but notice the chic planters she uses as well. Lucky for us, Aubrey tagged the shop on Instagram, giving us the chance to learn more about the other pieces they offer. C&C is an online store that sells baskets, planters, and other handmade home accessories. What sets C&C apart from other stores is they highlight not just the beauty, strength, and quality of local materials, they also push forward the creativity of local weavers and craftsmen, too.
Started by best friends who share the same name and passion for showcasing locally made pieces, C&C has grown into a brand with advocacy. It started when Monica 1 had a personal project that involves building a livelihood program for a community of mothers who used to sew products meant to be exported. “The factory closed down. We started out with having our first line of products and linens sewn by them to provide [a source of] income and help spread the word about them. Now, they are a self-sustaining empowered community of women accepting sewing jobs, not just from C&C, but from different companies and schools as well, with the profit going straight to them,” she says. Meanwhile, Monica 2 is an architect who loves projects with interior decorating, but she wants to do something more.
In photo: The Crisscross and Pouf planters—two of the stores best-sellers. The price of planters range from P400 to P2,600.
While searching for more products they can offer, the two met a nanay who then introduced them to a weaver, who in turn introduced them to different communities of weavers. In 2015, the two decided to take a leap of faith by leaving their day jobs to focus on growing C&C and helping more communities. “We organized it in such a way that the weavers and those who sew the items are home and community-based so they can add to their income while still being present at home. C&C is a collaboration born out of passion for creatively practical and chic home accessories, serendipitous meetings, and a continuous pursuit of an advocacy,” adds Monica.
Aside from planters, the store also has home accessories available like storage baskets, laundry hampers, rugs, and linen. They can also customize an item according to your needs. “We can customize anything from hampers and baskets, to accent pieces and even gift baskets. Just let us know your requirements and budget and we can see what we can come up with,” they share. The store requires a minimum quantity order for customized pieces.
In photo: The Dual Hamper has two compartments to help homeowners sort through laundry easily. Hampers cost around P1,300 to P2,900.
Shopping at C&C won’t just spruce up your home, you get to help communities in your own little way as well. The name says it all as C&C stands for creative and committed. “Creative because we always try to come up with creative and fresh designs for our customers’ home that are not only beautiful and contemporary, but creatively practical as well. Committed, because each basket is a step towards doing our share in the community.”
In photo: An accent round rug. According to the Monicas, these are customer-favorites because of the warmth each piece adds to a space. "Customers like getting one to add a subtle touch of color to their home with the different colors of borders to choose from," they share.
Here are more items to check out at C&C:
French Tray Set, P1,500 (when bought with cocktail napkins)
Lualhati Double Layer Stand, P4,800
Pouf Basket, P1,300
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