In the Philippines, sari-sari stores are ubiquitous and mostly family-owned and operated. The Filipino American collective of the same name was co-founded in 2018 by photographer @breakfastsnob and artist @gabriellamozoto bring those same community values to New York creatives of the Filipino diaspora. Beginning as a pop-up closet sale with about seven Filipino Americans last year, Sales and Mozo realized that they could brand it into something more than a one-time pop-up, and Sari Sari was born.
“Sari-Sari is taking these traditions that Filipinos are raised with and doing them together as a collective. Almost all of the Filipino-Americans in attendance shared that they never had a community like this growing up. More than just bringing people together, Sari-Sari is instilling a sense of belonging, filling an emotional void that comes from the isolation often experienced in the diaspora.” Read more about how sari-sari is building a community of collaborators rooted in celebrating and exploring culture at the link below.