Bianca Evangelista has always loved having native handbags, but it was only two years ago that she started collecting them. Her handbags are usually complimented for being not only pretty but also lightweight and sturdy. Deciding to share her bags with more people, she started her brand in December, which then only offered bayong for Christmas hampers. In April 2020, she eventually decided to call her brand Ibah Bags, with “Ibah” being an ananym of the word “habi”, which means “weave.” It was also then that she launched her first batch of items through their online shop.
“I needed stylish yet sturdy and lightweight bags to carry all my stuff for work especially that I’m always on the field. These bags fit all the criteria and were just perfect for my daily use,” Bianca explained. “I also got a lot of compliments from random people and asked me where they could get their own. That’s when I realized that I should share my bags with everyone.”
Ibah Bags take pride in their selection of banig bags, which are locally-sourced and made by the brand’s partner weavers in Negros Occidental. Made with dried pandan leaves that are then woven and sewn, these bags are not only stylish pieces in every bag lover’s collection but are also tough and durable that will last them for years to come.
Through Ibah Bags, Bianca also hoped that she can help change the people’s idea of banig bags. “With our modern designs and styling, a lot of young people are taking notice and appreciating them, too.”
Ibah Bags currently offers a number of styles people can choose from. However, Bianca says that her current favorites are the Bituin, the Lily, and the Cecilia. These are items perfect for those who need large and spacious bags. For those who want smaller ones, though, can check out the Mila and the Tanya.
Check out some of their items below:
- Addie – Php 1450
- Andy – Php 750 for set of 3
- Bituin – Php 1650 for medium, Php 1900 for large
- Carmen – Php 720
- Cecilia – Php 1450
- Ibah – Php 720 for medium, Php 800 for large, Php 950 for extra large
- Lily – Php 1375 for medium, Php 1650 for large
- Mila – Php 1300
- Monique – Php 1000 for set of 5
- Nikka – Php 1350
- Nina – Php 1200
- Raya – Php 1300
- Tanya – Php 1375
How to Order
Customers can check out their items from their official Instagram page, and order their items from Ibah Bags’ official website. After ordering, they will receive an email with their order details and payment instructions. Payment can be via BDO, BPI, GCash, and Paymaya.
Ibah Bags is currently working on making shipping available nationwide. However, for now, they ship within Metro Manila via Grab Express.
All photos are courtesy of Ibah Bags.
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