Stocking-fillers? Stocking-thrillers, more like – if you pay attention to this LUXE list, anyway. We’ve rounded up the best spots to ace made-in-Manila gifts this year, whether you’re buying for bae or baby.
It’s obvious what inspires graphic-design studio Team Manila:
its home city plays muse to the merch. Take jeepneys, for example. Jazzy means of getting from A to B, yes; but for Team Manila, they’re even jazzier printed on a tee. Manila’s graffiti-splashed shop shutters inspired Team M’s super-fly totes, towels and bag tags. Having opened its first brick-and-mortar store in 2006, this A-team’s empire has expanded to 10-plus sites across the city and beyond. Stock up on uber-cool garms and souvenirs worth keeping.
Chaps-only boutique Hoodwink
hosts a discerning edit of covetable apparel, including London-born label Lazy Oaf’s signature kooky t-shirts and sweaters, Fred Perry’s famous slim-fit Japanese line, camo jackets from French minimalists A.P.C., and cool, colourful sneakers from hip-cat Swede brand, Eytys. You’ll also find plunder by Beams +, Human Made, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Luker, OAMC and YMC. Trust us, he’ll thank you...
Treat your beauty-conscious babe to some lotions and potions from Beauty Bakery
, which curates a highly collectable range of eco-friendly beauty products on its website and via BeautyMNL. Browse makeup to suit every skintone, Manila rays-fighting sunscreen and fragrant, natural, no-nasties lotions, such as the Decadent Body Scrub, Milk & Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub and Witch Hazel Facial Mist.
Get something bespoke and beautiful for the leather-lover in your life at Katre, a diminutive Manila studio whose luscious leather accessories are available for purchase online or by appointment. Pick from chunky Hampstead bags in shades of caramel, clay, raven and pumpkin, vibrant little Portobello crossbody bags and handsome Saville messenger bags.
Good old reliable Rustan’s
continues to live up to its slogan: ‘Serving only the finest’. It’s now bigger and better, with an epic stash of kids’ treasure; this four-level 10,000sqm retail kingdom boasts a whole floor dedicated to kids’ toys and clothes. So, how good have they been?
means ‘mischievous little peach’ in Japanese; treat your little peach (mischievous or otherwise) to indie-labelled apparel, footwear and books, one-of-a-kind toys, soft furnishings, and tot-tailored beauty products from this luxury baby boutique. New Yorker, Filipina socialite and Chibi Momo-owner Jackie Cohen-Antonio has brought Upper East Side elegance to Makati. Swaddle your precious bundle in soft blankets from Aden+Anais and Purebaby organic clothing, or distract tottering toddlers with plush toys from Apple Park and Jellycat, playtime backpacks from Beatrix NY, natural wooden blocks and colourful wooden name trains by Maple Landmark. The exclusive cache of soft-on-the-bot organic soaps, massage oils, bath salts and shampoos, as well as the darling Jacadi baby perfumes are also perfect for the all-important, end-of-day baby-pamper session. To truly spoil your little treasure, look no further than Chibi Momo’s covetable baby arm-candy: the mini Birkin bag. Babylicious.
/ 2/F / Power Plant Mall / Rockwell / Makati / +63 2 822 4989 / 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri, 10am-10pm Sat, 10am-9pm Sun / teammanilalifestyle.com
/ 152 UG / SM Aura Premier / Fort Bonifacio / +63 917 817 rel="noopener noreferrer" 7061 / 10am-10pm daily / facebook.com
/ Ayala Center / Ayala Ave / Makati / +63 2 813 3739 / 10am-9pm Sun-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat / rustans.com.ph
/ 2/F / Century City Mall / Kalayaan Ave / Makati / +63 2 847 0384 / 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm Sun / chibimomo.com
/ buy online at beautymnl.com
rel="noopener noreferrer" / 1/F / ATC Bldg / 148 Katipunan Ext / Quezon / +63 916 605 2207 / by appt / shopkatre.com