I can’t tell this story enough:
When we were kids we didn’t have the fast fashion you all have right now (read: Forever 21, Zara, Topshop).
Most of the kids had no choice but to dress like their parents (think: Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Florsheim).
If you really liked fashion, you either had to be rich and shop abroad (as in physically, as there were no online stores then) or you had to be creative and make your own clothes.
During the ’80s we looked up to anything British (or in my case, Japanese and British). Some of the rich kids in U.P. and Ateneo had Dr. Martens shoes, while those of us with no access used army boots or even Gregg shoes.
Would you believe I got my Doc Martens only this year? I actually bought four pairs.
I got the Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens from Tokyo
Bought the wedge oxfords online. I wear this a lot
Because if Lola Rei says Doc Martens are cool, then Doc Martens are cool.
Says Wiki: Dr. Martens shoes were created by Klaus Märtens, a doctor in the German army during World War II.
In 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. Finding had to recover using standard-issue army boots, he designed improvements to the boots, using soft leather and air-padded soles.
When the war ended and some Germans looted valuables from their own cities, Märtens took leather from a cobbler’s shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of boots with air-cushioned soles. (read: nagnakaw siya!)
Fast forward to the early ’70s when skinheads started wearing them, and by the late ’80s, they were popular among punks, New Wavers, and other youth subcultures. (Note: we were into them in 1985 Manila, so the Wiki entry isn’t that accurate.)
This December 9, 2011, Dr. Martens is set to open its very first concept flagship store in Fort Bonifacio.
The new store promises to stay true to its original British roots with fixtures and furniture one might find in the raw and industrial Northamptonshire, England factory.
It boasts raw brick walls and warm wood flooring, all within a solid steel shipping container.
Look for it at the center of the Fort Strip Plaza.
The flagship store will stock classic models—such as the iconic 1460 8-eye boot—along with newer, modern styles.
The Dr. Martens concept launch is open to the public. Store opens at 1 PM with festivities starting at 8 PM.
Season 2 of How to Make it in America premieres next Thursday, December 8 at 10 PM on HBO Signature.
Back in New York after a potentially lucrative trip to Japan, Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon hit the ground
running, hustling for every opportunity. The partners scour the downtown scene for new business
connections, following every lead they can to get noticed in the ultra-competitive fashion industry and
make headway with CRISP, their homemade fashion line of T-shirts and hoodies. As the stakes get
higher, these charming entrepreneurs confront new obstacles in New York City, determined to achieve
the American Dream
Bryan Greenberg plays Crisp co-founder Ben Epstein
Amongst cast regulars Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, hit recording artist Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi, and Eddie Kaye Thomas, this season’s guest stars include Gina Gershon as an influential fashion rep, Andre Royo, Joe Pantoliano, James Ransone, Eriq LaSalle, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and others.
The series was created by Ian Edelman, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Julian Farino, Rob Weiss and executive produced by Jill Soloway.
The second season of HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA premieres Thursday, December 8 at 10pm on HBO Signature, with two new half-hour episodes back-to-back weekly at the same time. Episodes encore every Sunday night.
To know more about this exciting series, click HERE.
Lifestyle footwear brand Primadonna started with just three stores in 2007. With an intense commitment to carry the season’s latest trends and must-haves, it now has grown into a retail force of over 42 dynamic outlets including SM Megamall, SM City Fairview, Sta, Lucia Mall; SM branches in Bacoor, Pampanga, Batangas, Lipa, Marilao, Sta Rosa, Cebu, Naga, Dasmariñas, Baliwag, Rosario; Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro and Marqee Mall in Pampanga.
Now Primadonna launches its holiday collection with no less than one of the most bankable actresses today: Anne Curtis. A box-office hit not only on the big screen, Anne sets the bar with her diverse fashion style and plays them up in Primadonna oxfords, wedges, stilettos and more..
Mich Dulce invites you to a Pop Up Stock Sale on December 2 and 3, 2011, 4-11 PM at Today x Future at Cubao X
Ongoing at the Dimensione Building at Bonifacio High Street is a Great Lifestyle Sale—up to 70% off on Bench, Kasieca, Human, Dimensione, La Senza, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Pedro, The Face Shop, Mothercare, Celio and more.
F*CK ART LET’S DANCE 2 is an exhibit curated by Kiko Escora opening this Saturday, December 3, 2011.
Starts 7 PM at Light and Space Contemporary, 53 Fairlane St. West Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines
Works by PROUDRACE • GINO DALAO • RAENA ABELLA • JULIUS VALLEDOR • OTTO RETARDO • VERMONYO • TITO FRANCIS • MEI BASTES • AJ OMANDAC • IDRIS VICUNA • OKTO • ORNUSSA CADNESS • TONG YANGCO • CHICHIMONSTER • TITO • JUMBO DE • CHE • JUJIIN SAMONTE
On December 15, 2011, Mich Dulce, Team Manila, Pablo and Locked Down present Ladytron’s Reuben Wu.
One part of London electro-pop provocateurs Ladytron, musician, DJ, music producer and photographer Reuben Wu will be DJing in a FREE gig at Escobar, Cubao X, with support from The Diegos and Major Chi.
Party starts at 9 PM. For details, view the event page on Facebook.