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8 Must-Visit High-Concept Fashion Stores in Manila

These lifestyle shops are rich with hard-to-get fashion labels and unique shopping experiences.
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In recent years, multi-brand shops that offer much more than retail have become more commonplace. Through a highly curated mix of products, these so-called concept stores provide a lifestyle that appeals to a large number of people.

Here, we’ve rounded up a mix of must-visit concept stores around the metro.

Akimbo

Launched in June 2018, Akimbo carries a plethora of streetwear and contemporary fashion brands. These include Opening Ceremony, Facetasm, Ambush, MSGM, Han Kjobenhavn, X-Large, Marcelo Burlon, Bedwin and the Heartbreakers, GCDS, Axel Arigato, and Wood Wood. The store is an experience in itself, works by Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Bearbrick decorate the space. Ground Floor, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City

Assembly

Assembly is part of the Suyen group, and has brands such as Alberta Ferretti, Axel Arigato, Casadei, Christopher Kane, Common Projects, Emilio Pucci, Grenson, Jennifer Behr, Le Specs, Mihara Yasuhiro under its roof.
Ground Floor, Unit 130, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City; Ground Floor, Unit R1-154, The Power Plant Mall, Makati; 2nd Floor, SM Keppel Podium, Mandaluyong; Ground Floor, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel, Pasay

Commonwealth

If you’re looking for hard-to-get contemporary sports and streetwear, it’s worth stopping by Commonwealth For The Greater Good. Established in 2004, the lifestyle store has apparel, footwear, and accessories from A.P.C., Adidas, Alpha Industries, Anti Social Social Club, Carhartt, Champion, CLAE, COMME des GARÇONS, Saturdays Surf NYC, Suicoke, t By Alexander Wang, and many more.
Greenbelt 5, Makati City; SM Aura, Taguig City

Distinqt

Distinqt is a fashion lover’s paradise, with fashion labels such as Cult Gaia, Joshua Sanders, N°21, Versus Versace, MSGM, Manuel Ritz, and more, the multi-brand concept store fills a contemporary fashion gap that’s been missing for a long time. Aside from clothing and accessories, the store sells books, décor, and other quirky pieces. Ground Floor, Shangrila at the Fort Manila

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Hoodwink

When compared to homme et femme, H&F Retail Concepts Inc.’s Hoodwink is noticeably a lot more playful. The multi-brand concept store houses cult brands such as Gosha Rubchinskiy, Kitsuné, Lazy Oaf, Eytys, A.P.C., Grenson, Oliver Spencer, Men's Society, Les Artists, YMC, and Volta, among others.
152 Upper Ground Floor, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City

Moressi

Moressi comes from the local distributors of Escada. The store carries the latest in contemporary and premier fashion including apparel, bags, and accessories from Valentino, Falke Socks, Van Laack, Roger Vivier, Valextra, Les Petits Joueurs, and Versus Versace, to name a few.
Conrad Manila; S’Maison Mall; Okada Manila

Popcorn General Store

Hong Kong-based retailer Popcorn General Store set up shop in the Philippines back in 2016. Since then, with the rising interest in streetwear in the country, it's opened two more locations. The store offers a wide selection of streetwear brands including Supreme, Stussy, HUF, and Converse.
2nd Floor, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City; Level 1, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Quezon City, Ground Level, Greenbelt 3, Makati

Univers

An expansion of homme et femme, Jappy Gonzalez’s Univers is one of the forerunners of concept shops in Manila. Univers has a rich variety of brands that ranges from cult brands to contemporary labels. These include Vetements, J.W. Anderson, Mansur Gavriel, Fiorucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sacai, Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Mary Katrantzou, Wales Bonner, and more.
Ground Floor, One Rockwell East Tower Rockwell Center, Makati

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