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

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

Retaso Project Update

Back towards the end of 2015, I had this idea of making use of scrap/leftover leathers (retaso) as base materials for shoes to give them a second use instead of just being scrapped or be used for smalls like key chains and cable organizers. I wanted the scrap leathers to fulfill a more functional role by becoming shoes once again. The original prototypes made use … Continue reading Retaso Project Update

Vision: Creating New Industry Enterprise and a New Middle Class

Black Wing is not only about making shoes. This is a personal endeavor to introduce something different to the industry by offering an alternative, not only for consumers but for entrepreneurs and shoemakers as well. I am not trying to change mainstream business, I am trying to provide a new dimension to it. By incorporating sustainability and social enterprise into the core business model, I … Continue reading Vision: Creating New Industry Enterprise and a New Middle Class