THE STORY ABOUT
We are a Swedish wholesale design company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our company was established in 1994 when our founders went on a trip to the Philippines, they were amazed with the beautiful handcrafted art which the islands could offer. Our founders wanted to experience different cultures and share their stories through art pieces. With a desire to show the world their new discoveries our founders decided to import locally produced statues and figurines whilst helping local communities on the island.
WE ARE BORN EXPLORERS AND
“ THE VISION WHEN WE FOUNDED FILIPINIANA WAS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY AND INCREASED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED PEOPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES ”
-Ulrika Kjellberg Isip, Co-Founder
Rather than aiding the communities with money in the short term, our founders had a more entrepreneurial approach and wanted to provide the communities with the right set of tools to sustain a business and a living.
The intention was the communities would be able to be self sustainable in the long term. As a result our founders educated the communities in various processes of producing resin and making antique reproductions. After more than 25 years of business we still work with the same local factories.
Working with small family run businesses
Over the years we have gotten the opportunity to work with strong independent female entrepreneurs. With hard work and strong will they have created and built up companies that employs and supports communities. At filipiniana we aim to foster the kinds of relationships that last over time, this is the mindset we aim to have with all our partners. We are excited for you to support our vision and join our journey.
Supporting female leadership
Through the years we have been working closely with women entrepreneurs. In supporting these individual businesses these entrepreneurs have been able to aid a whole community providing them with economic as well as social opportunities so that the people can have a better quality of life. We have found that these female entrepreneurs are often a large driving force in sustaining the livelihood of a whole community. As a result the hand made products of filipiniana go beyond the physical attributes of a wonderful uniquely made piece. But the pieces all tell their own story, the stories of people and craftsmanship. As such we believe that you should celebrate the irregularities and uniqueness of each product.
Working closely with artists and sculptors.
Passion for creativity
The local companies we work with is led by female entrepreneurs who have started their company based on their own business idea. Incorporating their creative sides and sense of detail with their entrepreneurial side and aspiration of providing work for their village. They inspire their team of painters, casters and artists to create beautiful design pieces. Emphasizing teamwork and personal development as a key to growth. Through their journey they have had an impact on their community creating job opportunities which have helped many families pay for education and health care.
Our products could be found across EU, our main market is Scandinavia and Germany. We offer a large selection of home and garden decorations. We also have arts and crafts, antique reproductions, Christmas items and gifts. Our items are all original, high quality, handcrafted and made of various materials. We also use our design capabilities in specializing products for others. For example we design concepts and collections for restaurants, coffee chains, amusement parks etc. If you have an upcoming project and want something unique, do not hesitate to send us an email and we will get back to you.
FILIPINIANA PIECES SHOULD BE SOULFUL We believe that the pieces that you choose to have in your home should tell a story. Therefore we strive to develop unique, eccentric and curious details. It is in our DNA to travel and still to this day we get inspired by different cultures, diversity and the stories of the past.
FROM HISTORY TO REPRODUCTION