Lo­cal Stores

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If you’re af­ter ca­sual yet state­ment-wor­thy pieces, Bench is the place to check out for the cutest tees and ac­ces­sories. Their de­signer col­labs, like those with Rafe Totengco, Les­ley Mobo and Al­ber­tus Swanepoel, also never fail to dis­ap­point.—iv Glo­ri­etta 2


Know­ing that lo­cal should be global, Aranáz takes mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism to the fore. The cur­rent mo­tif of the hand­bags, in­tri­cately stitched flamin­goes and tou­cans em­bel­lished with pom­poms, was in­spired by South Amer­ica, but is 100-per­cent Filipino since they’re made with lo­cal hand­craft­ing tech­niques. —DC

cura V

Cura V is a lifestyle and fash­ion ac­ces­sories boutique cu­rated by five Pre­view Best Dressed women, of­fer­ing home decor sourced from var­i­ous places across the globe, and a jew­elry se­lec­tion with global brands such as Stock­ton Row as well as pieces that are proudly Philip­pine-de­signed and made.—jdvp Power Plant

Lo­cal De­sign­ers row, green­belt 5

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lo­cal fash­ion doesn’t go with­out a trip to the de­signer row on the sec­ond floor of Green­belt 5—the dis­tinctly Filipino pieces from TAN-GAN, the sexy sil­hou­ettes of Cha­rina Sarte, and the dra­matic fem­i­nine cre­ations of Jun Escario are just but a few of the no­table de­sign­ers that are sure to catch your—and your wardrobe’s—fancy. —Js

green­hills shop­ping cen­ter

Green­hills has been a long-stand­ing shop­ping fa­vorite among lo­cals. This place is brimming with shops that sell cul­ti­vated fresh­wa­ter pearls and af­ford­able yet on-trend clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories. If you’re on the look­out for cheap items, Green­hills should be at the top of your list. Shop­ping here is an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self: walk­ing around, stall af­ter stall, hag­gling with the ven­dors un­til you fi­nally score that item at an un­be­liev­able bar­gain. Just a side note: Avoid the fakes!—mr san Juan

har­lan + holden

It’s my go-to for easy to wear and easy to care for pieces. Styles are roomy and sil­hou­ettes are al­ways in­ter­est­ing. Plus, the clothes are my fa­vorite to travel with. —iv har­lan­holden.com


For all things Filipino, check out Kul­tura. If you need to stock up on lo­cal gifts and sou­venirs such as the barong Ta­ga­log and Filip­ini­ana, as well as Filipino del­i­ca­cies like dried man­gos dipped in choco­late, these and more can all be found here. A bonus: Ev­ery­thing on of­fer is so well-made and metic­u­lously crafted. Kul­tura is lo­cated in most SM malls na­tion­wide. —LP sm Mega­mall Bldg. A

sunnies stu­dios

Manila’s It girls Ge­orgina Wil­son, Mar­tine Ca­ju­com and Bea So­ri­ano-dee, along with Eric Dee Jr., launched Sunnies Stu­dios—a fash­ion-for­ward eye­wear line that is also very af­ford­able. For the past few years, Sunnies has ex­panded na­tion­wide and they have even pro­moted them­selves as a lifestyle brand. In­spired by the So­cal cul­ture in Los An­ge­les, they opened a brunch-style restau­rant called Sunnies Café, where ev­ery­thing is ‘grammable from the in­te­ri­ors down to the food served.—nn sun­niesstu­dios.com


What ini­tially was a home­grown T-shirt brand has grown into a la­bel that speaks and wears noth­ing but Filipino pride. Be­yond col­lared piqué shirts for men, women and kids, this lo­cal brand con­tin­ues its move for fash­ion­able pa­tri­o­tism by also car­ry­ing other 100-per­cent Philip­pine­made prod­ucts in its bou­tiques, such as slides, wedges and es­padrilles worked from abaca from the line Wataru by Luis Espir­itu, who is a fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor in cel­e­brat­ing the un­par­al­leled work­man­ship of lo­cal ar­ti­sans.—js collezionec2ph.com

rajo! and house of Lau­rel

No shop­ping trip is ever com­plete with­out drop­ping by the Rock­well area for a dose of Rajo Lau­rel’s time­less de­signs. Look­ing for an out­fit to wear to an event, stat? The Rajo! store on the sec­ond floor of Power Plant will give you a bevy of op­tions to con­sider, but if you’re look­ing to browse through a more ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion, then find your way to House of Lau­rel to visit the de­signer in his ate­lier—just a few min­utes away from his mall boutique.—js Rajo!: Power Plant; House of Lau­rel: 6017 vil­lena st., Pobla­cion, Makati

The sm store

If there is one depart­ment store that has af­ford­able fash­ion for all, it’s SM. They carry men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s lines, with each sec­tion hav­ing its own range of footwear and ac­ces­sories, all aligned with the most cur­rent of trends and of­fered at con­ve­niently in­ex­pen­sive price points.—dc sm Makati

Beauty Brands: happy skin

Happy Skin is prob­a­bly the coun­try’s fa­vorite home­grown makeup brand. Their line of lip­sticks, par­tic­u­larly the shut Up & Kiss Me Mois­tur­iz­ing Matte Lip­pies, are fast-be­com­ing cult faves with their lon­glast­ing and hy­drat­ing for­mula.—br hap­pyskin­cos­met­ics. com

VMV hy­poal­ler­gen­ics

There’s just so much to love about this home­grown brand. It of­fers der­ma­tol­o­gisttested sun­screen, makeup and skin-care prod­ucts, and even der­ma­to­log­i­cal ser­vices at some of the stores. The prod­ucts are al­ler­gen-free, phad­justed and suit­able for a lot of skin types. —BR Glo­ri­etta 3

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