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Bea Valdes

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Beatrice Panlilio-Valdes was born on August 30, 1973 and grew up in Manila, Philippines. Coming from a family which had been in the fine jewelry trade for three generations, she was fascinated with embellishments from a young age.

Today, she is a recognized and much celebrated accessories designer who continues to take inspiration from various cultures and countries, sourcing materials, patterns and ideas from around the world. While Bea receives global recognition and respect for her distinctive hand embroideries, she remains in  the Philippines, working with modern local artisans and perfecting her craft at her Manila-based studio. She chooses Manila over New York as it is important to maintain a creative environment that allows for the time-intensive hand embroidery work to be carried out. The bags, belts and jewelry can take up to ten weeks to be made.

Bea maintains her focus on traditional embroidery and continues to support local artisans and their craftsmanship. In her words, "In a factory you just do a piece of something, you don't get to own the whole. In our atelier -my girls take a lot of pride in their work. Everything is created in-house, from concept, to design, to production. Everything is proudly made in the Philippines.