"Telling age-old stories with a modern aesthetic.”abacastore.com
Abacá, an online shop based in Manila, Philippines, sells found objects and handcrafted items such as handwoven bags and jewelry, as well as a variety of home decor ranging from vases to ceramic mugs.
The company donates eight percent of proceeds to the Right Start Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on helping underprivileged Filipino children. In after-school programs where they can play, read, and make music and art, children ages 4 to 14 gain the chance to develop valuable life skills.
Abacá—named for the banana leaves the company uses to create twine for its handcrafted bags—sells its products through the website and select brick-and-mortar stores. In a 2017 interview for Hew Store, an Australia-based seller of ethical goods, Abacá founder Bea de Jesus said that if she had to describe her brand in three words, those words would be ‘traditional, modern, and community.’