Meet Kylie Misa & Yvette Gaston
WVN Living is a women-owned enterprise that works with artisan communities in the Philippines to co-create handmade lifestyle products in the hope of supporting local artisans and sustaining living traditions.
Their love story with local craftsmanship began with a road trip, which led them to a small town called Bangar, where they met women weavers who made beautiful blankets using wooden machines. They were greatly moved by their hard work and the beauty of their products, and after one of the weavers told them that the tradition was slowly disappearing in their community, they were determined to do something to address this.
In late 2016, they started as a passion project called WVN Home Textiles, which turned into a business with a social mission: to contribute to wellbeing (ginhawa) through the sustainability of Filipino artisanal craftsmanship (gawa). They have since expanded their artisan communities to La Union, Cavite, Isabela and Albay. With the changes brought about by the pandemic, they stepped into 2021 as WVN Living, emphasizing that sustaining living traditions, like weaving, means integrating it into our everyday lifestyle.
How can you help
- Partnerships and collaborations with stockists
- Corporate partnerships and procurement
- Business connections
- Business financial sustainability
- Support in regards to logistics costs and rising inflation