What inspired you to create WVN Living?
WVN Living started as a passion project.
In 2016, we both had full time jobs, but felt that we wanted to do something meaningful and impactful. We were inspired by Turkish towels, which moved us to explore our local weavers and weaving traditions.
Our love story with local weaving started with a road trip. After consulting with the Philippine Textile Research Institute, the textile research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology, we decided to hit the road and see where it would take us. It led us to Bangar, La Union. When we met with the community, we were moved by the weavers' hard work and the beauty of the products. What drove us to start WVN Home (the brand name at that time) was when the weavers talked to us about their concerns that the tradition was dying in their community, because the younger generation is no longer interested in inheriting the tradition.
Since then, we have been going to Bangar and other artisan communities in the Philippines, exploring ways we can support their living traditions and crafts.
What inspires you when creating a new, sustainable collection?
A new collection is usually made up collective inputs over time. We're very collaborative in our design process. No single collection stems from just one individual. We draw inspiration from our partner communities whenever we visit, experiences when we travel locally and internationally, as well as insights from the feedback of our customers.