Gustoko 2023 Spring-Summer Collection
The Gustoko 2023 Spring-Summer Collection was inspired by the immense love of its founder, Paula Figueras, for two countries: The Philippines, and Portugal. It is a love that has since found and nurtured two homes that are so different, but also so alike.
The Philippines, her motherland, is an archipelago in the Tropics. It is a country of strong, brave, and cheerful people, some of the warmest in the world. It is also a country of the most mesmerizing views: of rice fields and mountains, of rivers and waterfalls, of beaches and skylines. A former colony of Spain, Japan, and the United States, it is a mix of many cultures and influences where tradition and modern life meet, in chaotic but also exciting ways.
Portugal, her new home, is a place of change, openness and modernity, but also of history and heritage. In the last ten years she has discovered its many wonderful sites, and has embraced its gifts of experience and independence.
Deeply grateful to see the best of both worlds, Paula has thought up a collection that sums up the finest of each country, in 41 bags that are full of color, style, and life. Each piece is a gift of love, from Portugal and the Philippines, to the world.
Four beloved locations in Portugal take centerstage in this collection, a set of 16 gorgeous must-have pieces for the season. It is inspired by Gustoko founder Paula Figueras’s love for her second home, where she has been based for the last 10 years, and is eager to know some more. A country of busy cities but also sleepy towns, quiet seaside villages and rugged terrains, persisting traditions but also invigorating freedoms, modernity, and old-world charm.
Through the collection, she hopes to share her experience of Portugal to the world, one exquisitely handmade bag at a time. Handpicked were natural woven fabrics that remind of Portuguese fruits and sunsets, buildings and beaches, as well as shapes, stones, patterns, and accents that bear the Portuguese spirit.
World, meet the beautiful cities of Lisbon and Porto, and the regions of Algarve and Alentejo.
An ode to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao – the country’s three main regions – this collection tells the story of Gustoko founder’s first home. The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia, a group of beautiful islands nestled in the Pacific. It is a land of scenic vistas, of sparkling beaches and thick forests and tasty cuisine, and most of all, some of the kindest people in the world.
Expressed through the delicate craft of handbags, every piece tells the story of the Filipino people, places, and traditions. They feature the finest natural materials from around the country, woven together by skilled artisans under Gustoko’s exacting standards. They embody the spirit of its mountains, rivers, and seas, in the bright and merry colors of the Tropics.