The Story

It all started in 2006 when Apol Lejano-Massebieau received a hand-me-down old Singer Starlet sewing machine from her French mother-in-law. Happily remembering the hours she had spent at the craft when she was younger, first as a child making Christmas gifts for cousins, then as a teenager putting together costumes for a university theater group, Apol turned to that old machine with a passion.

From her workshop — a converted caravan parked in a field in the south of France and surrounded by grapevine and fruit trees — Apol began making textile objects, plush vintage cotton apples, linen pillows, children’s soft toys, and upcycled postal sack bags. The following year she opened an online shop from her home, and soon had a devoted clientele from the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, and many parts of Europe.

Now living in Manila, the Philippines, Apol continues to do what she loves. La Pomme is now a brick-and-mortar shop in Alabang.

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