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From a space bag to a London-trained stylist who can make you over
AT THE EPICENTER of Fort Bonifacio is Bonifacio High Street, where one can enjoy a complete shopping experience.
The stretch has a mix of restaurants, sophisticated shops, beauty hubs and concept boutiques, set in a beautiful landscape with modern sculpture?a huge rain fountain made of stone and steel, orange cylindrical bells that kids love to play with, and a gigantic Kid Robot-inspired bear statue. It never lacks in design aesthetic.
There are ways to relax and unwind in its steady atmosphere, whether to dine, stroll, or shop; there will always be something new to discover.
Here are possibilities for every mood and budget.
1. R.O.X. (Sports gear)
In a tropical country like ours, we give a thumbs-up to R.O.X., for promoting the discovery of the great outdoors? land or sea. Its extraordinary three-floor concept building is dedicated to outdoor recreation and sports, from hiking to cycling and various water sports. It also promotes Filipino pride as it carries Yabang Pinoy and other local produce.
2. Hobbes and Landes (toys and collectibles)
It?s a motley of activities for the whole family, including ceramic painting and arts and crafts. It?s home to collectibles from Kid Robot toys to Legos and the classic Snoopy items. Petropolis can also be found here, where you can spoil your No. 1 home pal. Aside from cuddly toys and all-natural treats for your dog or cat, it offers complete amenities? wide selection of bed, bath, playpens and plush carpets.
3. David & Goliath (smart shirts)
This has loads of vintage-feel shirts?anti-boredom tees? with witty remarks. T-shirt that screams: ?You had me at Jello!? with green and fuchsia Jellos madly in love, a spoof of Jerry Maguire?s famous movie line. Or for your little one, a baby romper with a cute design of a yellow legal pad that says, ?I can?t wait to be legal.?
4. Jump (comfortable flats) Home to the Australian brand that has set the international trend for the Diamonte Jelly Sandal, or touted as the Rolls Royce of Jelly shoes. It also carries Gisele Bündchen?s flip-flop choice, Ipanema. And if neon sandals are your thing, Betula has comfy pairs in happy popsicle colors. It carries funky pairs for kids, too.
5. Club Princess (kiddie beauty station)
Little girls and those who are young at heart can play dress-up and get the ultimate beauty royal treatment. The shop has glamour kikay stuff?glittery headbands, bows and fur to neon Jap-inspired wigs. Or treat your daughter?s friends to a party?the package includes a complete makeover.
6. BoConcept/Natuzzi/Vitra (ultra-modern designer furniture)
Three levels dedicated to urban dwelling, it has furniture pieces in monochromatic tones, mixed with shots of playfully designed pieces in bold colors. You can also find designer furniture and accessories?the Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard (1963), Algue by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2004). Or you can take home the signature Sunburst and Sunflower clock or Philippe Starck?s BaObab office desk.
For the diehard home collectors, the miniature Vitra collection is also available; interestingly, it captures the classic chairs down to the minute details.
7. Dimensione (modern home furniture and accessories)
If your budget doesn?t quite stretch to home designer pieces, this is the most affordable way to fill your home with cutting-edge furniture design. On two floors, Dimensione is a good place for fiberglass chairs like the Trix Arm Chair. It also has eclectic accessories for the home like the rolling shopping cart by Andrée Putman for Perigot.
Another gem, tucked away in a tiny corner, is Bench Pinoy Lab, which promotes Pinoy pride. It has shirts with designs like ?I love balut? and canvas shopping bags with the statement ?Balikbayan bag? or Ninoy Aquino print shirts. These make good balikbayan souvenirs?the best of Pinoy icons and pop culture.
There are also woven straw baskets in eye-catching colors, perfect for your fave lola or tita.
8. Tempur (therapeutic mattress and pillows)
For a good night?s sleep, these bed and pillow lines help relieve your sleeping problems, body pains, snoring, even insomnia. The showroom shows you how you can improve sleep. The friendly staff will help you pick out the best mattress and pillows. It has travel sets, too, to relieve airplane stiffness and blues.
9. Makeroom (storage solutions)
It addresses your storage and space problems. It isn?t just for the neat freaks, it easily helps anyone organize home stuff. It has organizers for bags, clothes, socks, shoes and even for sofas. Our fave buy is the space bag, which vacuums the air when you store clothes. It is perfect for light traveling!
There are also hard-to-find potent cleaning agents like Doc Bailey?s leather cleaner, Grandma?s secret spot remover, linen sprays and Messy Bessy eco-friendly cleaning agents.
10. Alessi (kitchen collectibles)
Not only are the kitchen stuff artsy, they are also functional. This Italian brand has created useful whimsical items such as a fruit bowl that doubles as a cake stand. Or a citrus juicer that doubles as decorative art piece. From your table setting, kitchenware and electrical appliances, expect a whole lot of design and humor.
11. Philosophy (trendy clothes for men)
If you want to find out what the metrosexual fashionista will be wearing this season, head to this trendy Malaysian brand. It has colorful V-neck shirts, tapered polos, funky accessories like necklaces and belts, and the store is jammed with Acupuncture sneaks. You?ll never guess what we also found in this quaint boutique?the classic Tretorn now jazzed up!
12. Browhaus (eyebrows)
To get the perfect brow, head to Browhaus. This Singapore-based salon?s business is everything that concerns your eyebrows?from threading to waxing, contouring and bleaching. You can take home a DIY brow kit. The salon also carries New York?s Malin+Goetz products, the beauty technology that addresses skin problems, from allergies to irritations.
13. WTC (lovely grown-up dresses)
You?ll find a treasure chest of gorgeous ladylike dresses and tops made of delicate chiffon, satin and silk. Choose from some of the best-known designers for ladies. The best part, you?ll find new stocks on the racks every week and occasional 50-percent sale. A London-trained boutique stylist named Thess can style you while you are at the store and she can suggest the perfect outfit.
14. Backstage (Filipino designer labels)
Over 20 local artists showcase their collection here, from young upcoming to established ones. It has an eclectic mix of fashion duds. Among the brands are Jean and Rosz, Czarina Villa, Dimple Lim for Limb. Interesting finds include Imelda?s iconic face turned into a bag, Pluey rain boots in lace print and graphics, vintage earrings and accessories. And if the designer frocks don?t fit, you can have it made to measure.
15. D Cole Vintage, Inc. (day-to-night frocks)
It has loads of impeccably constructed tops, rompers and dresses. Other interesting finds include animal-print bags, jeweled flats and sexy metallic monakis and beach cover-ups.