Flora Magica's Must-Have Tropical Accessories Designed By Liane Aboitiz-Pena
There's something quirky about the accessories designed by Flora Magica. They're charming yet feminine, a little bohemian but never without elegance. Soon it dawns on me that the word I must be looking for is zestful. The energy behind each piece shines with vibrancy, and there's an obvious affinity towards the tropical lifestyle. Designer Liane Aboitiz-Peña shares that much of her creations have been infused with lovely memories from the island of Cebu. "I grew up in Cebu and spent a lot of time out on the ocean with my family. I have very fond memories of digging for clams with my grandmother, and so there’s also an emotional element for me with bringing my love of seashells and tropical touches to my pieces," she says.
As with many designers, Liane takes her process very personally; and If there's anything to be deduced from her creations, it's that she herself is a person with much warmth to give. "You can tell so much about a person’s personality through how they choose to accessorise," she muses.
With a degree in graphic design and a background in business administration, Liane had birthed Flora Magica as an extension of herself. "I try not to think about what is trendy, but rather go with what I personally would like to wear and what reflects my brand philosophy," she says. "[In this way] I’m able to infuse my most cherished memories and share them with my customers".
While Flora Magica is more well-known for their earrings, Liane reveals that they've also expanded into bags, and might soon be venturing into fashion. "I just launched a new collection of colourful, fun handbags and earrings. I’d like to explore fashion, which is something I’ve been working on since the start of 2021. I am also working on a collaboration with two amazing female-led brands, and we hope to launch soon. Stay tuned!"
If there's one thing that Flora Magica products all seem to highlight it's got to be the beauty and magic of these Philippine islands. Especially at a time of such upheaval, it's important to remember how we can all support each other through difficult times. "I consider what materials are locally available and try to incorporate them into my designs," Liane shares. "I’ve been working on a new collection of earrings made locally and also from India. My last collection featured handwoven raffia bags from Bicol. The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of supporting local suppliers and artisans, and I’d like to continue to do that moving forward".
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