How Your Favorite Gouache Bags Are Made By A Team Of Community Artisans

IMAGE courtesy of Gouache

You've found yourself on Made Here, Esquire Philippines' video series that puts the spotlight on excellent finds from local fashion and grooming outfits. Each month, we explore what makes these independent brands tick and what it takes to make their speciality shoe, bag, or shirt. Watch this space for more made-here pieces that will be worthy additions to your wardrobe. 

What started as an idea to develop a locally made camera bag has turned into one of the coolest Filipino bag and accessories company that's favored by men and women who like their stuff simple, functional, handsome, and a little bit different.

From a team of three, Gouache has grown into a 25-strong operation that now manufactures handsome waxed satchels, slings, backpacks, aprons, and more accessories.

You've probably seen these stylishly creased bags in, say, your office's pantry, where the lunch carriers of choice are soft canvas baggies that look like cooler versions of the brown paper bag. And if you happen to be in the US, Canada, or Bangkok, you may also find them there as Gouache is now distributed in these faraway locations.


Here, we lift the veil on how these Goauche goods are produced and what makes the independent company and their bags so special. And as we find out, it is the unique look of textile waxing (all done in-house, by the way), and the fact that these are made by an empowered team of community partners that lend these most wanted things a touch of cool. 

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