The invitation came in the form of a candle, whose box was marked “HAPPY OPENING MANILA, Comme des Garçons, March 17, 2012″ and less than 100 invitations were sent out.
For me, it was a very important occasion as Comme des Garçons is my uniform of choice.
From a couple of racks at Homme et Femme, Shangri-La Plaza, at last Manila has its first standalone Comme des Garçons store, just a few steps away from its cousin store, Homme et Femme Univers.
Though the invitation was unique, I didn’t really expect anything earth shattering because this is Manila, but I can tell you now—I was not disappointed. Stock- and price-wise, Comme des Garçons Manila has it really good.
As soon as we arrived at 6:30 PM and saw the spotted store, I started calling my friend Penny who was feeling under the weather.
It is the first Comme des Garçons store in the world that has grey dots, as per Junya Watanabe’s instructions after seeing photos of One Rockwell’s vicinity.
“Penny, get your ass in here. You cannot miss this,” I insisted. Outside, the driveway was converted into a cocktail area, with LED screens, a DJ’s booth, and catering by Cibo di M.
I made a quick tour of the store before selecting a black and white gingham dress and a polka-dotted tee.
Keri’s holding up the dress I bought on the right, and sorry Keri, there seems to be a hanger on your mouth. Eep
The sleeveless lacy gingham dress Keri’s holding is really the loveliest thing.
I want to come back for these jackets in a medium.
The selection is really amazing. I was surprised to see many new items including all these cool bags.
(Tip: Comme des Garçons bags are very affordable.) They have the new Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchels in new colorways
Love this man’s bag on Jude
This chic, giant, gym or everyday bag on Grace
Some of the menswear
Stuff I love
I’m waiting for the official photos. I didn’t take many photos because I was overwhelmed by the merchandise. Plus, my battery died.
Spotted: Celebrity hairstylist Chiyo Tagami
Dong Ronquillo of Globe Telecom
Chica girl: Penny Ong
JP Singson and his mom
Chef Kerwin Go of People’s Palace
Partners in Docs: AJ Garcia and Borgy Manotoc
Outside: Dr. Gerard Henson was spinning, assisted by DJ Itong Torres
Mano Lotho, Press Relations officer of Univers
Tadi de Leon, Operations Manager of Univers
Gerard Henson, Ed Calma, Margarita Forés, Tere Henson
L-R: Kiko Escora, Angelo Mendez, Steve Tirona, Prisara Morales, Archie Geotina, Gino Dalao
Margarita Forés and Jappy Gonzalez, Managing Director of H&F Retail Concepts Inc., which brought Comme des Garçons to Manila
Comme des Garçons MANILA
Unit 102, Ground Floor, One Rockwell East Tower, Makati, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 8693528