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    Style Stories — maggie wilson

    Casa Consunji

    Casa Consunji

    If you’re looking for unique furniture and home items (like that rattan bed you saw on Pinterest), you need to visit this new furniture store in Taguig.

    Casa Consunji is Maggie Wilson-Consunji’s newest venture with business partners Parul Shah and Janela Cuaton that boasts of beautiful pieces sourced from all over the world and are perfect for the bohemian abode. Maggie give us a short tour of her casa and talks to us about what she finds most fulfilling about her new business over a cup of coffee.

    What’s your inspiration behind Casa Consunji?

    "My background is interior design and I love decorating homes. I always find myself looking for items that are not so expensive but I find that there is no middle market in the Philippines in terms of furniture. It’s either you go with high-end international brands or go local but wait 5 to 6 weeks and I still find it quite expensive. There’s nothing in between that can be considered affordable luxury. I thought of Casa Consunji to fill that gap in the market."  

    Maggie wearing Adira earrings and Mahi necklace from our Gold Coast collection

    "You won’t really find our pieces inside any other furniture store. Being a true-blue beach babe, I wanted a store that represented that so a lot of our products has a tropical and coastal living feel. All of our items are handmade and I can say that because I source them personally. Also, we source from small businesses – we don’t source from large manufacturers, which is something I’m very proud of."

    What kind of retail experience can people expect?

    "I want people to walk into the store and feel as if they’re at home. I added a café so while shopping or waiting, they can have a cookie of a cup of coffee. I want people to feel relaxed and make them want to stay a little bit more and welcome them into what I feel is a little piece of my home."

    Maggie wearing Adira earrings and Mahi necklace from our Gold Coast collection 

    Casa Consunji also has a cafe that serves coffee and light snacks

    What’s your creative process in putting together your collection?

    "Each collection would always have certain elements such as organic materials. For our first collection, we have pieces made of raw handwoven cotton and petrified wood while metals come in brass and copper."

    "We source our products from all over the world – from India, Indonesia, Vietnam and locally – and we make sure we have pieces from different countries in the store at all times. Whenever a customer walks in and asks about a piece, it’s really nice to be able to tell them the story of where it came from and how it was made and that adds to the value of the item. If you’re investing in a piece, it might as well come with a beautiful story."

    Maggie wearing Dahlia earrings and Navya 2-layer necklace 

    Maggie's Heyjow picks: Dahlia earrings, Adira earringsNavya 2-layer necklace, Meadow earrings and Mahi necklace

    Is telling stories the most fulfilling part of this new business?

    "Absolutely. My philosophy in design is that I want every piece to have a story because I love hearing them as well. I love knowing little details like the name of the guy that made our rattan bed or table."

    "Whenever a customer walks in and asks about a piece, it’s really nice to be able to tell them the story of where it came from and how it was made and that adds to the value of the item. If you’re investing in a piece, it might as well come with a beautiful story."

    We know just how busy you are with your show and now your new business. What are some of your self-care rituals that help you relax?  

    "I always make sure to visit my dermatologist at least twice a month for a facial and have my skin checked because I’m always exposed to the sun when I film for my travel show. I also love getting massages – I have this amazing woman who comes to my house and she gives me the best deep-tissue massages. And if schedule permits, I would take a few days off and go on a trip with my family and disconnect. I was in Dubai with them recently and I went off social media for a few days and it felt liberating."

    What are you looking forward to this year?

    "I’m really looking forward to growing the store. We’re going to open our second store within the first quarter of the year. We also have a lot of interior design projects lined up. Aside from that, I’m filming the second season of my travel show."

    What are the things you learned in the process of starting a new business?

    "When you’re a start-up, it’s important that you know the business inside and out. You can hire people to help you but it’s crucial that you know how things are done. I can easily hire a financial consultant but I want to know how everything is done just in case one of us gets sick or is unavailable."

    Maggie wearing Antigua drop earrings  

    "Always be open to learning new things and understand that you don’t know everything. When you’re open to suggestions and learning from people who have more experience, it will be easier for you once your business starts operating."

    "Don’t be too excited – make sure you plan everything out. Starting a new business is always so exciting but take your time and make sure your structure is in place. It was difficult for me not to share little tidbits of what I was planning but it’s always nice to be able to surprise people when your brand is ready to launch. You’ll always make mistakes but if you prepare, you’ll make less of them."

    Follow Maggie: @wilsonmaggie 

    Follow Casa Consunji: @casaconsunji

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

    Maggie

    Maggie

    For Maggie Wilson-Consunji, a plain wardrobe serves as the canvas for her classic-meets-boho style. For her, summer dressing is a year-round affair - and her aesthetic can be attributed to her being a swimwear designer for Wanderlust Swimwear as well as an interior designer with an eye for the exotic.

    She tells us more about her style evolution and why she isn't one to follow trends. 

    On personal style: "My style in general is very classic and I don’t really follow trends. I have a lot of white and beige in light fabrics like linen. When I do pick an outfit, I always make sure that there’s at least one area that is fitted or sexy if you will. I could be wearing a loose top but I would pair it with shorts or a romper then I would tie it on the waist so you can still see some shape."

    Maggie wearing a white romper with (1) tribal drop earrings (2) beaded coral neck piece and (3) chunky coral necklace 

    On how her style has evolved: "I went through a phase when all I wanted were really tight clothes but now I’m at a point where I’m very comfortable with my body and gravitate more towards clothes that I can move easily in. Of course, I’m a mom now so I need the extra room."

    On what she wears on a typical day: "For me, it’s like summer all-year-round; it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or not. It’s always nice to bring some color and fun to an outfit regardless of the weather. In terms of accessories, I’d probably pick a good pair of hoop earrings. I feel sexy and powerful in them."

    Maggie wearing (4) 2-layer hoop and disc necklace, (5) beaded turquoise necklace and (6) pink mini hoop earrings

    As a swimwear designer, summer is always on Maggie's mind and this is one of the defining aspects of her style.

    Maggie's collection of swimwear pieces come in a variety of bold prints 

    On her favorite accessories: “Bags and accessories should be the statement pieces of my outfit since my wardrobe is so plain.”

    Some of Maggie's favorite accessories include these blue tassel earrings from Kate Spade

    "I have a big collection of earrings. I gravitate more towards gold pieces as well as turquoise. I love hoop earrings as well. My wardrobe isn’t very colorful so I like to add color to my outfit using accessories."

    Maggie's collection of statement earrings also include large hoop earrings, the (7) Panama earrings in light blue as well as the (8) Roan earrings and (9) beaded mini hoops from the Savanna Collection

    "I’m also really into tassels and pom-poms right now."

    Maggie wearing (9) purple pom-pom earrings from the Savanna Collection

    Her shoes also come in a spectrum of colors. 

    Bright tones, textured metallics as well as a printed pair of pumps from Zara make up Maggie's shoe collection

    On bags: "I like bags with lots of character. It must have a long strap and not just top handles. Before, I used to like big bags but it’s such a pain to carry so I’ve been buying a lot of smaller bags lately. Similar to my wardrobe, I’m really into neutrals although I did purchase a bag recently that’s white with lemons on it."

    Maggie's favorite bags include a lemon printed mini bag from Dolce & Gabbana as well as a colorful flamingo cross-body and a monogram clutch, which are both from Aranaz

    Maggie also favors bags in neutral tones like these two snakeskin pieces 

    Style tips: "Always buy the basics first: a nice pair of tailored pants, jeans, basic t-shirts. A good white polo can go from day to night and you can take it anywhere. It can be casual but super glam as well. I always love to change up an outfit like wearing a dressy skirt with a t-shirt so it throws it off a little bit – not too formal-looking or dressy."

    Maggie pairs her animal print skirt with a white fringe top complemented with (10) black tassel necklace, (11) tribal coin necklace and (12) gray and black bracelet set all from the Savanna Collection

    "When I go shopping and I find the perfect fitting piece, I don’t just buy one. I buy four because I’m scared that when it disappears, it’s not going to come back ever again so I have that bad habit. I’ll buy a pair of pants but I’ll have 4 of them."

    Maggie wearing a beige Patty Ang ensemble with (13) 2-layer howlite and tassel necklace) and (14) cascading tassel earrings from the Savanna Collection

    "Don’t dress for anyone. Dress for yourself. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. I always say never follow trends unless it’s something you like personally or think will look good on you. Don’t buy an item just because your favorite celebrity or blogger is wearing it. Always ask the advice of your friends. I have one or two girl friends that I take shopping with me to ask what they think."  

    "And lastly, clothes don’t have to be expensive. There are many brands out there that are affordable that I think look just as good as expensive clothes."

    Follow Maggie on Instagram: @wilsonmaggie

    Photography by Sheila Catilo (@sheilacatilo)

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    Accessories:

    All accessories worn by Maggie are from the Savanna Collection.

    (1) Soweto earrings 

    (2) Shaka necklace

    (3) Khoi necklace

    4) Montagu necklace 

    (5) Amatola necklace 

    (6) Namib earrings

    (8) Roan earrings

    (9) Roux earrings in purple

    (10) Kalahari black tassel necklace

    (11) Vilakazi necklace

    (12) Oryx bracelet set

    (13) Rahima necklace set

    (14) Catalina earrings