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19 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Accessories

For the last installation of this series, we’re focusing on travel accessories. These items are sure to help your loved ones on their next trip!

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Let’s get started!

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These luggage covers from Wanderskye are the perfect gift for friends and family who love to travel. There are many fun designs that instantly add personality to any boring piece of luggage. Using luggage covers like these also help one locate their luggage more easily. Help out friends and family by making sure their luggage doesn’t get lost in the future. These luggage covers are travel accessories anyone would love to have!

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Do you have friends and family that frequently go to the beach? These sand-repellant items from Lagu keep the sand where they’re supposed to stay– on the beach. These items are lightweight, easy to pack, quick-drying and easy on the eyes. There are a bunch of bright, vibrant colors to choose from. Don’t forget to add this to the list of travel accessories beach lovers need!

 

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Last but not least are these handcrafted travel accessories from Gouache. Everyone loves a nice camera strap. Personalizing items is big now and you can help your friends out by giving this to them. Having change readily available helps ensure smooth sailing in a lot of situations. Keep everything neat and tidy by using these handcrafted wallets.

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These next travel accessories are for the organization enthusiasts! They’re perfect for those who like keeping all their cords and wires tangle free and those who appreciate a good passport holder. These items are all made by hand, which makes them even more special.

And that’s it for this series. Christmas is fast approaching. We hope everyone has a great week and gets all their last minute shopping done. We have exciting things coming your way next year. Happy holidays from Qamay!

 

15 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide: Footwear and Artisan Shoes

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The second installment of this series will be focused on footwear and artisan shoes. Some people like it simple, while others like it a bit more glam. We’ve got recommendations that we’re sure your loved ones will enjoy!

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Let’s start with Risqué Designs. Designed by Tal de Guzman, these shoes celebrate the skill and craftsmanship of Filipino artisans. There’s a touch of Philippine culture in each shoe. Whether it be through the use of handwoven Philippine textiles, heels carved by hand or some hand stitched details. The company keeps many dying Philippine traditions, such as shoemaking, wood carving, and weaving, alive.

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Each shoe is crafted with great skill and care. No two shoes are alike, just as no two weaves are the same. Owning a pair of these artisan shoes will definitely set you apart from the crowd.

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These shoes would be perfect for the fashion lover, responsible buyer, or simply anyone who loves owning one of a kind items. These artisan shoes would be the perfect gift for a loved one this holiday season.

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Our second recommendation are casual, comfortable shoes from Habi Footwear. Habi promotes responsible fashion and social involvement through 100% Filipino-made environmentally-friendly footwear.

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The shoes are made by mothers in poor urban communities in the Philippines. They use rags and other recycled materials to create everything. Habi likes to refer to this as upcyling. Because each shoe is handmade, there may be slight variations from time to time.

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These shoes make the perfect gift for those who like keeping it comfortable and casual. Habi offers men’s espadrilles, women’s espadrilles and sandals. Buying these shoes would help the communities in the Philippines, while making your loved one happy. A win-win situation!

We hope you enjoyed this post that focused on footwear and artisan shoes. More holiday gift guides will be coming your way very soon. The next one will focus on gifts that are perfect for those who love to travel. Stay tuned!

 

04 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide: Knapsacks and Unisex Backpacks

 

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It’s that time of the year again! Who else is currently doing their Christmas shopping? We’ve started this series in the hope of helping you find great gifts for your loved ones this season. For our first post, we’ll be discussing knapsacks. If you’re looking for a unisex backpack, we’ve got a bunch of options for you.

Let’s get started!

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1. Gouache

These knapsacks are perfect for travelers who love packing their entire lives with them. These unisex backpacks fit laptops, books, tablets, documents and much more! They’re padded, water-resistant and come with a laptop divider to keep everything safe and snug. These bags are handcrafted with waxed canvas.

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2. Gouache x Qamay

This knapsack is a special collaboration between Gouache and Qamay. This unisex backpack is perfect for city life. It’s padded and has a laptop divider. It’s made from the same waxed canvas used for the other Gouache knapsacks, which gives it a worn in look and makes it water resistant too.

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3. Akaba

These knapsacks are perfect for your friends and family who are socially conscious and support social enterprises. Akaba backpacks are created with handwoven Philippine textile. This keeps the Philippine weaving tradition and industry alive. It also supports the livelihood of various communities around the country. Bonus: These bags are currently marked down!

Not what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, we’ve got more gift guides coming your way. In the meantime, feel free to check our shop. Happy shopping!

17 Jul

Green fashion. Green lifestyle.

Qamay’s eco-friendly products

Industrialization radically refashioned the business world by creating a promising future through the manufacture and processing of products in large scale. Unfortunately this economic breakthrough has brought many long-term negative effects due to the challenge of management of non-biodegradable wastes. The result is the tragic irreversible pollution of our environment.

Even though the last decade increased environmental awareness with numerous eco-friendliness campaigns, most of the corporate world consumed with profit maximization lacks the moral sense to take up the responsibility to make the necessary changes for a better world.

However, Qamay is of one of the few who want to create a sustainable future by focusing on staying environmental-friendly with the products that they endorse.

Qamay is an online retail store based in San Francisco, California that sells handmade, eco-friendly products made from sustainable and/or recycled and up cycled materials

Our key mission is to promote a greener lifestyle for all, and to let everyone know that being green doesn’t have to be boring.

Our purpose is to reduce the waste that we leave behind by transforming it in to safe and useful products. Qamay endorses amazing products from the Loudbasstard & Habi Footwear.

The Loudbasstard


Loudbasstard is a hand-crafted passive amplifier made of bamboo and rattan which makes it remarkably durable, renewable, and rich in tonal variation. It also has a unique organic look with its soft and elegant finishing. The Loudbasstard comes in 7 attractive shades; you won’t miss at least one that complements your taste.

Habi Footwear


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These are trendy hand-made eco-friendly shoes mostly made from recycled/ up cycled materials.
Habi foot wear has existed since 2011. It compromises of wide range of comfortable espadrilles and sandals which are currently competing in the fashion retail industry. Habi being 100% Filipino promotes responsible fashion; it works in partnership with the mothers of poor urban communities in the Philippines.
Mostly homemakers, these mothers weave the rags used in the shoes and get extra income from this at more than three times the market price.

Let’s all come together and play our part in saving our planet by using eco-friendly products that are not only fashionably hip but also made to promote a healthy green economy and helps make our world a better place.