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BY OLEEN FLORENDO
Spend smarter with these brands as they help fight the pandemic.
If your idea of de-stressing before the quarantine began involves retail therapy, you might have been itching to get even the slightest taste of the experience again. With no guarantee of when regular shopping days will be back, it’s understandable to miss these habits, which in hindsight — we perhaps have taken for granted. In the moments when it feels we’re just watching the world slowly unravel, having an escape of any sort is so important.
Whether you miss the racks of clothing in boutiques, beauty counters you can spend hours with, museums lined with art to ogle at, or even the glorious activity of window-shopping, there’s still a way to indulge in this life’s little joys. Thanks to the convenience of online shopping, some brands are still able to go out of their way to continue catering to its consumers.It might be a tough call to continue shopping at these times, and while it does take privilege to be able to prioritize retail shopping over essentials — but if your choice of indulgence can allow you to feel some semblance of normalcy, then by all means take it as a guilt-free purchase. On top of this, you can also consider showing support to these brands that are giving a part of their sales for pandemic relief efforts, sounds like a win-win situation to me!
Space Encounters Gallery
The Art for Science initiative of this gallery is just another proof that two entirely different fields can work together for a greater purpose. This art meets science fundraising event will have 25% of its profits from all artworks sold given to the UP Medical Foundation for testing kits production. Gathering a number of artists, their subject matter ranges from perceptions of reality to rolling with uncertainties. Whether you’re a frequent museum visitor or just here to appreciate good art, there’s a multitude of artworks you can choose from and bring home.
Message @spaceencountersgallery on Instagram for the full catalogue.
Apartment 8 Clothing
This couture atelier has been answering the calls to produce washable care masks, to which every purchase guarantees another for a frontliner. They have pivoted from creating fashion dresses for different occasions to producing fun-colored masks for both kids and adults. While their major operations have shifted, you can still cop their dresses for a special event somewhere down your calendar. Because I bet you’d agree, it wouldn’t hurt to have something to look forward to in this difficult time, right?
The Naturale Market
This platform brings together a community of brands that pride on creating and providing ethical and sustainable local goods. If you’ve been meaning to transition to a more mindful consumption, their choice of products can be your gateway to a waste-free lifestyle. From a plantable pencil made from recycled newspapers to ethically-made skincare, they’ve got a wide selection of products that support their principle of being a brand with a purpose. On top of this, they are selling reusable face masks where 30% of each sale will go to the procurement of PPEs for our frontliners.
Think bazaars, but this time, virtual. Lift Lokal gathers a variety of local independent brands to keep their small businesses afloat during this pandemic. They started a “Close The Loop” initiative where customers are encouraged to support their featured local brands, and in turn they will share a part of their sales to daily wage earners and to our frontliners for them to continue protecting us. It’s a loop that shows community collaboration can help save jobs and sustain small businesses in our new normal. Scour their website for great finds and to learn which COVID-19 relief efforts will benefit from your purchases.