Shop for a cause at this year’s Maarte Fair

Want to be stylish while uplifting lives? Check out the beautiful products by Good Luck Humans at this year’s Maarte fair.

Good Luck Humans  are hand sewn products created by  its founder Apol Massebieau. The writer turned social entrepreneur has a line of bags, clothes, accessories and furnishings made of  “lucky buttons” fabric pieces made into balls stuffed with fiber, “the same material used for stuffed toys,” explained Apol.


These creatively crafted balls serve as the base materials for her bags, accessories and chairs.  The buttons are prepared by mothers from a low income community in Las Pinas.

“We started Good Luck humans our goal was to help them learn marketable skills. All 9 women (and one man now) are now efficient hand-sewers. Three of them have advanced to constructing bags and clothing.”


Apol Massebieau in her hand-smocked dress

The products created by Good Luck Humans are both functional and humorous she describes it as “ a celebration  of the humans who make them. Our name is our brand, and our wish for mankind”.

For the Maarte Fair, Apol will also feature Good Luck Human’s newest line of hand-smocked dresses.



Now on its 10th edition, the MaArte Fair, organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI), The Pen’s second-floor meeting rooms will be  MaArte’s #PinoyManCave. Expect special product lines just for men like Len Cabili’s Filip+Inna, Jojie Lloren for La Herminia Piña, Creative Definitions, Balay ni Atong, Natalya Lagdameo, and TDLG (Tweetie de Leon Gonzales).

The ladies can likewise enjoy a wide selection of apparel, jewelry, accessories, fragrances and home decor, with exhibitors like Mich Araullo, Randy Ortiz, Gifts & Graces, Aranaz Bags, Micki Olaguer, Antukin, Two Chic, Oscar Mejia Fragrances, Stockton Row, Tim Tam Ong, Beyond Borders, and many, many more.

Alongside the annual fundraiser, the MFPI will also hold MaArte Talks, a series of conversations with select business owners who can offer new entrepreneurial tips and insights.

Tea lovers can also partake in MaArTEA, the special Afternoon Tea served by The Pen in partnership with MFPI and Tsaa Laya.


MaArte at The Pen will run from August 10 to 12 at The Gallery on the third floor of The Peninsula Manila.  MFPI  is a non-stock, non-profit membership and volunteer organization dedicated to preserve and promote the Philippines rich artistic and cultural heritage.


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