Mari-Mari reinvents floral prints on a digital backdrop
Local fashion brand Mari Mari gives daisies a run for their money
The Philippines is home to more than 13,000 species of plants, 30 to 40 percent of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. That’s why it’s refreshing to see native flora at the forefront of modern design, especially in a creative industry as influential as fashion.
Thanks to Mari Mari, our favorite flowers finally get the ultimate fashion treatment. Hardin & Habi is the brand’s maiden collection, consisting of basic pieces re-imagined with playful prints that were inspired by Philippine florals and weaves. Alessandra Lanot, Mari Mari’s pattern designer, meticulously hand-painted each print with gouache and watercolors before printing on fabric.
The prints come in pairs. Here, the WalingWaling & Gaddang highlights the bold charm of orchids and the river-inspired patterns woven by the Gaddang tribe of Cagayan Valley; and Milflores & Banig features hydrangeas that symbolize gratitude, friendship, and devotion, layered on the popular hand-woven mat.
“Hardin & Habi aims to provide an alternate way to connect the wearer to her nature and be proud of her own culture,” says Lanot. It’s evident that Mari Mari is a force (of nature) to be reckoned with.