9 New Reasons Why a Shopping Spree Is in Order

From sneakers to workout gear, a peek into the offerings of Manila's newest stores.


Atsui, the proudly local athleisure brand shows no signs of slowing down. Since launching in 2014, the brand has become the yogi's go-to for reasonably priced quality activewear. Atsui blends function, fashion, and price while promoting the active and fun lifestyle of yoga and Pilates. A continuous expansion is in Atsui's cards: launching its online home and adding stockists to its long list of retail partners. atsui.ph

What's new: Atsui's freshly dropped Pre-Holiday collection is inspired by "different and changing circumstances around the great rivers in Asia." The line, aptly called "Rivers", ranges from performance and lifestyle pieces done in striking colors and prints.

Must-buy: Atsui's Sumida Collection, inspired by the river that flows through Tokyo.

Aerin Beauty

The brand by Estee Lauder's granddaughter finally opened its first boutique in Manila, and beauty addicts couldn't be more thrilled with its full line of perfumes and scented body lotions. Rustan's Beauty Source, Makati; 813.3739.

Must-buy: Every scent is elegant yet wearable for both day and night. A top recommendation is the Tangier Vanille scent, inspired by the heiress' travels to Morocco. 

ARKK Copenhagen

Nordic footwear brand ARKK Copenhagen launched nearly two years ago, bringing a simpler and cleaner aesthetic to the sneaker market. Today, co-founders Kasper Hoj Rasmussen and Thomas Refdahl have proudly expanded to over 37 countries worldwide. In the Philippines, ARKK Copenhagen continues its expansion with the local release of its Premium line. The Nines, Uptown Mall, 36th Street, Taguig City


What's new: ARKK Copenhagen brings new light to the term minimalist with its Premium line. Keeping sneakers both stylish and functional, the unisex line's brilliance lies in the details: Woven knits, lacing details, monotone colorways, and contrasting soles are just some of the exclusive line's defining features. 

Must-buy: Eaglezero Braided S-E15 Iron


The T. & A. Bata Shoe Company was founded in 1894 in Moravia (now, the Czech Republic) by the Bata family. Never compromising comfort for style, Bata has a built a legacy on the combination of contemporary design with advanced comfort technology. Today, Bata has grown to a global footwear and fashion accessory company located in Lausanne, Switzerland. SM Makati, A. Arnaiz Avenue corner South Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City

What's new: Creatures of comfort can look forward to Bata's Insolia® technology. The patented weight-shift design of the Insolia® distributes the weight of the wearer evenly along the soles—making heels all the more bearable.

Must-buy: Bata Insolia® Beige Sandals


Contemporary is the common characteristic the items in this hip multi-brand boutique share. Once complete, about 12 different brands and selected items from their fall collections will be on display at its Philippine headquarters. Soon Distinqt heads to its new home in Shangri-La at the Fort, but in the meantime, cemented floors and minimalist décor give life to the pop-up on L.P. Leviste Street in Makati. PCCI Building, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City


What's new: Distinqt flies in curated brands from fashion capitals all over the world—New York, Milan, Paris, and yes, Tokyo and Seoul—and fills its industrial space with edgy and distinct pieces from Tibi, N°21, Joshua Sanders, SJYP, May Moma, and more. 

Must-buy: Tibi stretched collar dress in glen plaid print and Joshua Sanders eccentric Vocal Muse slip-ons

Michael Kors

The ever-expanding Michael Kors brand has just re-opened its new and improved flagship store at Greenbelt 5. Front and center is the American retailer’s fall-winter collection, which comes in everyone’s go-to color pairing: black and white. Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati Avenue, Makati City, 728.6132.

What's new: Fur, ruffles, and the brand's signature silver ring detail dominate the season’s updates.

Must-buy: Michael by Michael Kors Black Mercer Grommeted Leather Messenger and Michael Kors camel-colored capelet jumpsuit

Philip Stein

For its newest standalone store, Philip Stein created a minimalist yet cozy space for customers. The store is decorated with gold accents and earthy tones that beautifully contrasts against the white space. Along with the unveiling of Philip Stein's 19th store in the country, the watchmakers introduced its newest spokesperson: Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Paranaque City

What's new: Philip Stein's signature watches come in the ultimate finish: rose gold.

Must-buy: Philip Stein two-tone rose gold case & bracelet with white mother of pearl inner dial, silver outer dial, blue hands, and diamonds indexes


Elizabeth Arden

For the first time, the beauty brand opens its first stand-alone boutique in the in the Philippines, which is also its first walk-in store in Asia. The new beauty hub incorporates the brand's signature Red Door into its lavish interiors, as well as treatment rooms for mini facials. Third floor, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong.

What's new: With a bigger space, apart from selling makeup and skincare, comes services such as the Elizabeth Arden Oxygen Blast Facial. The quick treatment will give you glowy, refreshed skin in less than 15 minutes. With a machine similar to an airbrush, the facial blasts plant and mineral extracts to tone the skin before finishing with the oxygen spray to keep it hydrated and plump. 

Must-buy: While most people love the brand for its hardworking skincare products, its makeup line also does wonders. The Statement Brow Gel, for instance, is a surprising all-in-one that sets each strand into place while filling in, tinting, and shaping each arch.

BioBalance Institute

The health and wellness institute that's big on the practice of health optimization recently opened its new clinic at Shangri-La East Wing Mall. Led by Dr. Ted Achacoso, who is double-certified in nutritional medicine and anti-aging medicine in Europe, it offers various programs that use advanced medical tests like nutrient and metabolic profiles and gut health exams to provide clients personalized supplements, exercise and diet recommendations, and more.  Lower ground floor, Shangri-La East Wing Mall, Mandaluyong; 650.4858; www.biobalanceinstitute.com.


What's new: A new weight loss and longevity program by the institute banks on the benefits of intermittent fasting, which includes improved performance and cell rejuvenation. Through its Fasting Mimicking Diet, people lose weight without losing muscle weight, improve heart health, among many others. 

Must-buy: Not all supplements are created equal. BioBalance offers all-natural and properly stored supplements that are free from allergens, artificial colorings or flavorings, and preservatives. These affect the solubility, quality, and effectiveness of your supplements. Its probiotics, for instance, have a hypoallergenic blend of 12 certified probiotic species–all live and containing over 25 billion good microorganisms per capsule, delivered in a chiller to make sure you get the best probiotics for your gut health. 

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