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Dean & Deluca to open in Rockwell in 2015
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Good news for Dean & Deluca fans: the first Dean & Deluca store in the Philippines is scheduled February 2015 at Rockwell Center’s Edades Tower.
Franchised by Ms. Caroline Tanchay of Citimax group, the 187-square-meter store will include a mezzanine floor for a total of 250 square meters of space.

Dean & Deluca at Rockwell
Dean & Deluca at Rockwell

Started in New York in 1977, Joel Dean and Giorgio DeLuca opened their first shop at the corner of Prince and Greene Street in the heart of SoHo’s gallery district.
With its high ceiling fans, white walls, and mosaic-tiled floor, the atmosphere suggested a European café culture, which became the standard for cafés to come.
In October 1988 they expanded to a flagship market at the corner of Broadway and Prince Streets, offering gourmet food in departments manned by product experts.

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Even though I wasn’t into food at that time, Dean & Deluca fascinated me as a student in New York in the ’90s—
with its minimalist look, marbled floors, and stainless steel shelving.
Every time I went there to buy a $2 brownie or a small rack of lamb, it felt like I was buying myself a present.

Dean & Deluca

Since opening 30+ years ago, Dean & Deluca has expanded to retail stores and cafes in selected U.S. markets, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the Middle East, and soon, the Philippines.
Japan alone has 14 stores—a little more than the 11 stores in the U.S.
Personally, I’ve found that Dean & Deluca is different in each country—at least the ones I’ve been to.
Nothing beats New York’s massive SoHo Market. You cannot compare it with Singapore, which is much smaller and offers more of an East-meets-West menu.
Tokyo is a whole new experience altogether because everything is cute with lots of merchandise.

Tokyo : 9 Mar 2012
Dean & Deluca at Tokyo Midtown

I don’t expect to see these in Manila

dean and deluca

but I’m hoping they’ll have these.

dean & deluca brownies

Looking forward to what Dean & Deluca will offer in the Philippines.
What Dean & Deluca products are on your wish list?

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Shop to win an Amanpulo holiday from Rockwell
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The heat is on with Power Plant mall’s sizzling summer raffle!
Get a chance to win a complete travel package to Aman Resorts, Amanpulo.
The 3-day/2-night package includes round-trip airfare, accommodation, massage, yoga class, snorkeling and other relaxing activities in the island.
Also get a chance to win sunglasses care of L.S. Pascual.

Amanpulo - Aerial View
Amanpulo - Beach Club 2
Amanpulo - Swimming Pool 2
Amanpulo - Casita Bedroom and Sundeck

You’ll get one raffle ticket for every single receipt purchase (minimum Php 2,000) from shops at the Power Plant Mall, One Rockwell, Manansala and Joya Residences. Or spend a minimum of Php 3,000 single receipt purchase at Rustan’s Supermarket.
To get your raffle stubs, present your receipts at the redemption booth near the R1 level escalator, North Wing of Power Plant Mall.
The winner of the vacation package must be at least 18 years old with a proof of Philippine residency.
The Great Summer Getaway Promo ends on April 30, 2013 while the raffle draw is on May 2, 2013.
For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/PowerPlantMall.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No.A2-0321, Series of 2013.

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Comme des Garçons opens at One Rockwell
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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.

Comme des Garçons candle

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.

Comme des Garçons at Rockwell

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.

Keri Zamora

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

Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel Co.

Love this man’s bag on Jude

Jude Mancuyas

This chic, giant, gym or everyday bag on Grace

Grace Velasco

Some of the menswear

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

Chiyo Tagami

Dong Ronquillo of Globe Telecom

Dong Ronquillo

Chica girl: Penny Ong

Penny Ong

JP Singson and his mom

Mrs. Singson and JP

Chef Kerwin Go of People’s Palace

Chef Kerwin Go

Partners in Docs: AJ Garcia and Borgy Manotoc

AJ Garcia and Borgy Manotoc

Outside: Dr. Gerard Henson was spinning, assisted by DJ Itong Torres

Gerard and Itong

Mano Lotho, Press Relations officer of Univers

Mano Lotho

Tadi de Leon, Operations Manager of Univers

Tadi de Leon

Daryl Chang

Daryl Chang

Gerard Henson, Ed Calma, Margarita Forés, Tere Henson

Gerard, Ed, Margarita, Tere

L-R: Kiko Escora, Angelo Mendez, Steve Tirona, Prisara Morales, Archie Geotina, Gino Dalao

Kiko Escora, Steve Tirona, Prisara Morales

Margarita Forés and Jappy Gonzalez, Managing Director of H&F Retail Concepts Inc., which brought Comme des Garçons to Manila

Margarita Fores, Jappy Gonzalez

Mandy Santos

Mandy Santos

and me

me

Comme des Garçons MANILA
Unit 102, Ground Floor, One Rockwell East Tower, Makati, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 8693528

http://www.comme-des-garcons.com/

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Pretty things
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Met up with my girls—Ginggay and Penny—at One Rockwell for some chat ‘n’ chew at the newly opened Apartment 1B.

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Ginggay brought the swag—initial coin purses from Madison at the 2nd level, Power Plant Mall.
They are Php 750 each. So adorable!
Chuvaness x Alphabet Bags
The plan was to visit Univers, as Penny and Ginggay went to look for a bag, specifically my Celine backpack which caused them bag envy

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The Ed Calma restroom here is so nice…

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Was inspired to take an Every Where We Shoot kind of pic inside Univers with Ginggay, Tadi and Penny

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Oh, and the first stand-alone Comme des Garçons shop opens here next month!

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