December 22, 2014

BENCH SPOTTING: NITTY GRITTY

Look beyond the bold orange graphic square.
Known for its iconic white storefront bench and distinct collection of flawlessly curated fashion and accessories from brands such as Common Projects, A.P.C., Adam Kimmel, Visvim, Gitman Vintage, Isabel Marant and Nanimica, Nitty Gritty is a must-go when you’re looking for exclusive fashion for men or women in Stockholm.
Since opening its doors in 1991,it has been a venue for spotting stylish locals who appreciate smart basics that’s far away from trendy.  

Five out of a hundred stood out. Check out who else were spotted at NittyGritty

Christopher Bastin, head of design at GANT Rugger
Johan Svensson,  Web Designer  and Gustaf Wikander, doctor from Stockholm.
Mattia , 29 from Milan
John , Marketing Director at Mackintosh

December 17, 2014

HOLD ON AS I DROOL WHILE FLIPPING THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE WALLPAPER* CITY GUIDE MANILA

Southeast Asia’s underrated capital and most progressive art and design hub is slowly paving its way to becoming a regional and  international design destination.
Fast forward, we’re finally on the map, thanks to The Wallpaper* City Guide Manila.
Carefully written and curated by Cheryl Tiu and Kissa Castañeda-McDermott,  it packs 65 beautifully shot photos and recommendations on our city in 103 pages, from art and design to dining.
Whether he/she has a week or 24 hours in the city, this perfect travel companion cover landmark buildings like the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), towering Discovery PRIMEA, design centers like Avellana Gallery (A11) in Pasay for a dose of Filipino contemporary art, and the best shops to buy items unique to Manila, like FIRMA in Paranaque.
And who said Manila’s all about selfies and hour long traffic? Think Sau Paolo.

October 14, 2014

INSTAGRAM AND OOTD's - BECAUSE GETTING DRESS IS A RITUAL

(Because details are meant to be subtle. They should be noticed and not gawked at - Zac Posen. Follow me on Instagram)
Sometimes, something as superficial as picking a good outfit will actually have profound repercussion on your well being.  Believe me, getting dress is a ritual.

October 07, 2014

DRESSING HIGH AND LOW: H & M

It’s all about good taste and the right amount of basics put together that makes a great menswear wardrobe.
Though compared to my usual shirts from Ascot Chang, Brooks Brother, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Lorenzini and J. Crew, and trousers from either bespoke or APC and Uniqlo, high street brands like Club Monaco, Massimo Dutti and Zara aren’t investment pieces but are  fashionable alternative to any look.




Think high and low! 
No, I’m not talking about bargain versions where stitching can be iffy and fabrics are generally inferior. Not those!
Yes, you got it!
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), the Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children, is finally making its presence in Manila on the 17th of October.
[Hyperventilating] Skip the affordable and accessible pieces for the more premium Studio Collection. The store will have 3 floors, span over 3,000 square meters, and is bigger than Hong Kong’s Silvercord along Canton and Cityplaza at Taikoo Shing!
I’m already keeping an eye on a couple of pieces and even have my shopping bag ready for the 15th (hahaha!).
Here’s a tip - when trying less expensive clothing, always pay careful attention to the details: Does the shirt button properly without gaps? Does the zipper on the trousers buckle or pull? Do side seams pucker? Is the fabric likely to pill? And are the pockets strong enough to stand up to a set of keys and serious wear? Yes, be extra meticulous! Still clueless? Window shop and look at magazines and menswear blogs for guidance on styles and options.