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COS to open first PHL store

COS, the London-based brand known for its modern yet timeless style, will open a branch in the Philippines in early 2021. It will be located in SM Aura in Taguig. “Opening in the Philippines is an exciting step for the COS Brand. We have been hoping to enter the market for some time and I think our new Manila store is a great place to start. I’m excited to see how new customers will engage with our brand and collections,” says Christoffer Sellin, COS Asia Pacific Managing Director. The new store will open with COS Spring/Summer 2021, featuring wardrobe staples from tailored sets to lightweight knitwear and effortless blazers. The collection features sustainably-sourced materials such as organic cottons, jewelry crafted from recycled yoghurt pots and zero-waste seamless knitwear sets, with each piece designed to take the wearer beyond the season.

MUJI to open its largest store in PHL

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI will open its largest store in the Philippines by the first quarter of 2021. This will be an expansion of its store in Shangri-La Plaza, which temporarily closed for renovation back in September 2020. From a size of 400 sqm, it will expand to 1,400 sqm. The newly expanded Shangri-la Plaza store will showcase various textures and natural materials such as old wood and metal. Around 4,000 items will be available in MUJI Philippines’ largest store, including the brand’s array of everyday life essentials such as health and beauty, stationery, travel, kitchenware, houseware, furniture, and electronics products, as well as men’s and women’s apparel, children’s wear, innerwear, bags, shoes, and accessories. In addition, MUJI Shangri-La Plaza will exclusively introduce to the Philippine market some specialty products and services including MUJI Labo — MUJI’s unisex clothing line, and services such as consultation for furniture, storage, and interior coordination, styling coordination, and product recommendations as provided by MUJI Advisors. This store will also feature the first MUJI Water Refilling Service and Open MUJI area (a space where the brand can showcase MUJI concepts and house various activities) in the Philippines and will reintroduce its best-selling items at better prices with its Price Review Campaign. MUJI also has branches at Greenbelt 3, C1 Bonifacio High Street Central, Power Plant Mall at Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, and SM Mall of Asia.

Lucky objects at Rustan’s for Lunar New Year

FEB. 12 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. Rustan’s invites everyone to wish loved ones and friends well this Chinese New Year through meaningful traditions and symbolic gifts. The lucky colors for the new year are red — one of the luckiest colors in Chinese culture and often worn at big celebrations and believed to scare away spirits of bad fortune and is a bearer of happiness and success — and the Pantone Colors of the year, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow, which symbolize stability and assuredness. Rustan’s premium brands feature wide selections in these colors which are perfect for the season. For men, Hackett offers complete apparel and accessories including bright red shirts. Phone accessories and gadgets from Cygnett and Ideal of Sweden are great options for boosting work productivity. For women, brands such as Adolfo Dominguez, Ricardo Preto, Strathberry, LoQ, and Longchamp offer eye-catching pieces ranging from tops, bottoms, bags, and footwear in red, yellow, and grey. Accessorizing for prosperity may also be considered: for example, Christian Louboutin’s logo belt and Aquazzura’s suede sneakers are comfy go-to’s for errands and casual days. For kids, they can spend their hongbaos on toys that stir imagination and curiosity. Lego’s Chinese New Year-themed set familiarizes children with the importance of tradition. Space-themed sandwich cutters from Lunch Punch and cooler bags from SoYoung also make snacks more enjoyable during playtime and home school sessions. Cute backpacks, Banz sunglasses, and Micro bikes and gear will also help children enjoy the rare taste of the outdoors. For the home, decorating in red is believed to bring luck all year long. Gorenje refrigerators in Fire Red add a strong yet minimalistic design to the kitchen. KitchenAid stand mixers come in Empire Red. Finally, tableware from Noritake, Bordallo Pinheiro, Bugatti, and Christofle create a luxurious atmosphere at home reminiscent of fancy dinners at restaurants. Use these on the eve of Chinese New Year for a memorable and stylish celebration. Meanwhile, Rustan’s East Cafe now has nián gāo, better known as tikoy. It is offering the Fortune Fish Tikoy Set for P580 until Feb 12. Pre-orders with down payments are processed three to five days prior to pick up. This is only available at East Cafe in Rustan’s Makati. For inquiries, contact 8812-0233.

Shop&Shop Valentine’s Day sale

WHETHER Valentine’s Day indoors or via Zoom, visit Shop & Shop — the new chat commerce channel of Rustan Marketing Corp. — on Facebook and find the perfect gift for your significant other or shop something the two of you can enjoy together. Until Feb. 13, score discounts up to 70% on beauty, fashion, luggage and home products, and have the item delivered right to the recipient’s doorstep for free with a minimum purchase of P1,000 (except on Tefal products). Shop & Shop is open from Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For weekly updates on the latest product offerings and daily exclusive promos, customers can stay connected via the following channels: Viber Community (Shop & Shop), Whatsapp (Shop & Shop), Facebook and Messenger (Shop & Shop by Rustan Marketing Corporation), and Instagram (@shopandshopbyrmk).

Self-care products from Shopee’s Valentines sale

WHO says you need a significant other to enjoy Valentine’s Day? What used to be an occasion meant only for couples is now a celebration for all kinds of love — including self-love. Enjoy up to 90% off on these self-care products during Shopee’s Valentine’s Day sale. Buy yourself some chocolate like the Dark Roca Chocolate Gift Box; or treat your skin with Mixdair Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum (it keeps skin plump and supple and improves skin elasticity and brightens skin tone); a Blackhead Vacuum Remover (it features three suction levels to accommodate different skin types and conditions); Teeth Whitening Activated Charcoal clears stains sans toxic ingredients (and helps fight cavities, gum disease, and bad breath); a Collagen Body Mask; the Innisfree Jeju Root Energy Mask (it has eight variants, each offering skincare benefits such as brightening, moisturizing, nourishing, firming, and clearing); the Etude House My Lash Serum which promises longer, stronger lashes); an Electric Massage Pillow comes with an optional heating function and eight massager nodes to relieve knots and muscle tension; and Onikuma K10 Pro Gaming Headset with noise reduction capabilities, stereo sound effects, and a flexible microphone; or the Lahome Juice Blender. These and more products are available with discounts of up to 90% until Feb. 14 on Shopee.

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