There comes a time in our careers’ when we’ll crave a change of pace. For some, a career change would be in order; but for some, it’s a passion project that will satisfy the urge for a change.
This is precisely what happened to Liza Morales-Crespo and Marielle de Leon-Lazaro, founders of TALI, a proudly Filipino line of handwoven artisan-made bags made by marginalized women in Davao
“We were at the point in our lives where we were pretty much doing the same thing.” Liza said. “So we wanted to have something that had meaning.”
Liza and Marielle, both moms and business women extraordinaires, have been doing architecture and production, respectively, and craved a much needed change. With a desire to pay it forward, they came around the idea of TALI and just went for it.
“All we knew at that time was we wanted to do bags and we wanted the women [from Davao] to do them.” Marielle pointed out.
Fairly new in the market and a trade show in Paris in the pipeline this year, they’ve accomplished a lot for themselves and the women they support through the social enterprise.
“We keep trying to penetrate the global market.” Marielleadded. “We want to sustain the work for the women.”
“We want TALI to be a local brand that goes global.” Liza chimed in.
But that doesn’t mean the bags aren’t wearable. In fact, Liza and Marielle themselves tote TALI bags on a regular basis. The bags add a pop of fun and color to their otherwise basic wardrobe and shows that Liza and Marielle are #goals not only business-wise but also fashion-wise.
“My style would be very basic.” Marielle admitted. “I like basic stuff, clean lines. Clean looking and can go from day to night.”
While for Liza, it has to be function over form. “It has to be really comfortable. I have to be able to move from job site, to meetings, and picking up kids. It has to be something comfortable and can carry me out through the day.”
With style and substance behind TALI, no doubt it will achieve its global status and indeed sustain work for the women in Davao. It’s a tall order for something that started out as a passion project—but it’s the kind that exemplifies the product of passion that’s made in the Philippines.
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For more information visit: www.talihandmade.com