The craft store Popjunklove started as a side business for sisters Maan Agsalud and Roma Agsunod in 2007. The sisters wanted to help their family out for their monthly expenses in the house but they only had ₱5,000 to start a business. They sold upcycled items — from old toys, bottlecaps, and even Legos. But during a supply run at Divisoria, one of their suppliers gave them scraps of fabric for upcycling. The fabrics then turned into pillows and plushies and the sisters have since co-founded Common Room, a store for other creatives to showcase their crafts. On the Common Room website, you can also find their most recent venture into upcycling: handmade K-pop and K-drama plush dolls.
“When we ventured into pillows, we wanted to minimize our waste as much as possible,” says Roma through a video interview with CNN Philippines Life. “Our pillows are a mix of scrap fabric and polyfiber cotton. We want to keep the upcycling eco-friendly side of the business.”
On the Popjunklove instagram, you can find their BTS dolls in action, their “Hwarang” Park Seo-Joon plushie striking a pose, or even plushies of Yoon Se-ri and Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok of “Crash Landing on You” — the K-drama that started everything for Pop Junk Love.
“We started getting obsessed with K-dramas,” says Agsunod. “But now our orders are mostly BTS.” Totally understandable.
Here, Agsunod talks about understanding the K-obsession through these plushies and why being a stan is very important these days.
Interview and video by SAMANTHA LEE