A Bespoke Life

Bespoke is a word that is thrown around by brands and businesses the past few years to describe their products. From bespoke suits to shoes to small leather goods and even food. It normally refers to a product or service that is tailored specifically to a client, but what does it really entail to be something truly bespoke? Bespoke is the past participle of the … Continue reading A Bespoke Life

From the Lazarus Pit – A Shoe Rejuvenation Story

For those who grew up in the 90s, the Lazarus Pit should be a familiar term. The Lazarus Pit is from the Batman universe and exposed to mainstream via the Batman animated series where one of the main villains and Batman’s mentor, Ra’s al Ghul, uses it to rejuvenate himself after immersing his entire body in the mystic pool. It is said that every time … Continue reading From the Lazarus Pit – A Shoe Rejuvenation Story

A Time to Hope – Fighting for the Marikina Shoe Industry Heritage

While there is a resurgence in interest in Marikina made products, the main foundational issues still remain. So buying Marikina doesn’t necessarily mean helping Marikina. As with many aspects in life, we need to first acknowledge that we have a problem and recognize it before we can address it. Supporting Marikina by buying Marikina is a typical response but is no more than a band-aid … Continue reading A Time to Hope – Fighting for the Marikina Shoe Industry Heritage

Passion Microbrand Culture

Recently, people have been asking me for what I would advise young entrepreneurs in starting their own business. I would give some quick answers but they are pretty much scattered all over the place. Common answers like “persistence” and “timing” are often on top of my head, but it goes deeper than that. Those words are oversimplifications of what I went through when establishing the … Continue reading Passion Microbrand Culture

Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking

Marikina has developed its own identity as the shoemaking capital of the Philippines. Over the years, trends and traditions have evolved to suit the industry demands and thus created its own brand of shoemaking. As I was learning shoemaking from a journeyman shoemaker (who eventually became Black Wing’s first foreman) during the first year of the workshop, I noticed that the local method had to … Continue reading Small Scale Marikina Shoemaking

Rekindled

It’s been a while since I last posted here on the blog. We have been busy tweaking our internal processes and improving our builds. As most of our returning clients from 2014-2016 would notice, our fitting and silhouettes have improved and our senior shoemakers have progressed their last making skills to be able to make a sleeker looking shoe even with a wider fit. This … Continue reading Rekindled

Business and Leisure Interview

Here is a video of an interview I did last December 2017 for sir Butch Gamboa’s Philstar column and was eventually translated into a short video feature for the Business and Leisure website under the Strictly business segment. The interview also got reactions from readers of his column. The article can be read at: https://www.philstar.com/business/2017/12/08/1766520/readers-react We hope to bring more awareness about our industry in … Continue reading Business and Leisure Interview