The TALI Story
A celebration of diversity and creativity
TALI´s co-founders, Liza Morales Crespo and Marielle de Leon-Lazaro, represent the new wave of social entrepreneurs that merge quality production and design with the principles of sustainability. Liza Crespo is the Design Director of Liza Crespo Ecotecture, a leading design agency in sustainable architectural design with offices in Manila and New York. Marielle de Leon-Lazaro works in manufacturing and importing corporate products in the Philippines, and has many years of experience in designing and producing clothes and accessories for the retail market.
Both working mothers, Liza and Marielle were inspired to kickstart TALI when they first visited the female inmates of a city jail in the Philippines. Wanting to make a difference in these women´s lives, they began teaching them simple design patterns and eventually employed them to bring their original bag designs to life. Eventually, the project turned into a true social enterprise focused on empowering women at the grassroots level.