ArteFino has made a big comeback and this time around, with more purpose. Last August 25, the ground floor of the Power Plant Mall was bustling with activity and excitement. Patrons, merchants, designers, lovers of craft, and advocates of the hyperlocal lifestyle filled the festival grounds of ArteFino. It was a reunion and celebration of community, punctuated by purposeful retailing.
This year’s ArteFino Festival will feature over 150 brands. Each week, a new roster of labels across fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, home, and children’s wear will take over the selling floor. But more than a retail event, ArteFino inspires elevated, responsible lifestyles that honor craft and culture. Over 40 new designers will join the growing community of ArteFino. Founder Cedie Lopez-Vargas elaborates, “We want our vendors to succeed and we want them to be prepared for a global market. This is why apart from the product, we also look into their purpose, vision.” Barracks, a curated space for men to lounge, shop, and sip on artisanal brews, is a big draw for male shoppers to linger and enjoy the festival.