Haute Maroquinerie: a Louis Vuitton handbag for the elegant woman
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There’s haute couture (“high fashion” or “high dressmaking”) and there’s haute maroquinerie or “high leather goods.”
They say there are only 50 haute couture clients in the world, where the world’s richest women spend tens of thousands of dollars on a custom-made dress from Paris.
Now imagine spending a similar amount for a custom-made bag just for you, handmade in Louis Vuitton’s workshop in Asnières, France.
There’s no need to fly overseas to covet your own handbag as Louis Vuitton’s Haute Maroquinerie service becomes available in Manila for a very limited time.
I was able to preview the very exclusive service at the VIP room of the Greenbelt 4 shop in Makati.


There’s a special trunk containing all the leather samples, locks and finishes in many colors.


There are eight kinds of fine leathers ranging from the supple, the firm and exotic, plus a total of 27 colors to choose from—all of which can result in 40,000 possible combinations.


To get a better feel, you can browse through small binders containing swatches

Louis Vuitton  haute maroquinerie

The client can choose the shape, leather, color and finish she desires, enhanced by a personalized patch with the name of the owner, making each bag unique and distinct.


Also on display are actual handbags to give clients an idea on the bags’ design, size, and weight.
These include three handbag designs inspired by Louis Vuitton icons:

The Lockit
The Lockit

The Noé
The Noe

The Triangle
The Triangle

Plus two new shapes—the Neo Steamer
The Neo Steamer

and Milaris.
The Milaris

The Haute Maroquinerie collection demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire in creating the finest leather handbags with impeccable details, enhancing the House’s made-to-order service to a whole new level.
Once ordered, each handbag will take months up to a year to deliver.
Those interested can visit Louis Vuitton Greenbelt 4 only until February 23, 2014.

Winners: Samsung + Line giveaway!
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Over 3,000 of you joined my latest giveaway.
After selecting ten winners via, I printed them out and divided them into two piles.

Grace came over to the office and picked two winners

Samsung giveaway
Samsung giveaway

Et voila!

Samsung phones!

Anne Roselle Lara of Makati City wins the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
and Mary Grace Raagas of Pasay City gets the Samsung Galaxy Mega!

I am currently texting/emailing them on how to get their prizes.

The following won a pair (two each) of plush toys from Line.
They don’t have to do anything, I will just ship the toys to them.

Line plush toys

Angeli Santina of Caloocan City
Mezekiel Mose of Pasig City
Aresminde Jr Dayaon of Pasig City
Orella Gayle Ocsena of Cavite
Sam Lim of Mandaluyong City
Eden Gillian Brillo of Laguna
Girlie Malapitan of Cainta, Rizal
Angela Claire Ching of Quezon City

Thanks for joining! I have another giveaway coming up very soon!! XO

Lesportsac unveils Artist collab with Curtis Kulig
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Artist Curtis Kulig lives in New York City, where his ‘Love Me’ campaign has quickly made him an international star. As a painter, photographer and illustrator, Kulig’s artwork can be seen from Berlin to Los Angeles, Paris to Tokyo.

Curtis Kulig

Now Kulig has created a series of original designs for LeSportsac that range from playful watercolors and swirly scripts to bright bold marks of his signature statement.

LeZip Tote in Bowery (Front)LeZip Tote in Bowery (Back)
Petit Paris in Lafayette
Small Ashley Tote in Bleeker
Ashley Tote in Lafayette
Deluxe Everyday Bag in Bleeker
Large Weekender in Lafayette

Find them in Lesportsac stores at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall, Ayala Center Cebu, and Robinsons Magnolia.

Michelin-star chef goes to Tivoli
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Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Tivoli plays hosts to another acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, Richard Toix, from February 24 to March 2. 2014.
Held with the support of Etihad Airways, the week-long promotion promises food connoisseurs a rare dining experience.

Michelin Chef Richard Toix

Richard Toix brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience, evident in the colorful presentations of his dishes. His fine dining restaurant, Passions et Gourmandises restaurant in the village of Saint-Benoit, earned its first Michelin star in 2008, a mere nine months after opening.

Gustatory Artistry by Chef Richard Toix

Richard Toix’s award-winning cuisine will make its way to The Tivoli through the signature three-course Business Lunch menu at PHP 1,950, and the six-course Degustation Dinner menu at PHP3,400 and an additional PHP1,800 with wine pairing. Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing taxes.
A selection of dishes will also be featured in the restaurant’s daily à la carte menu.
For reservations call Tivoli at 750-8888 or email

Potato black truffle croustillant with brown butter
Potato black truffle croustillant with brown butter

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