we know we've been doing a lot of posts about shopping and about malls, but what can we do, that's where all the current action is! to continue our observations on power plant from the last couple days, this was something we spotted there a month ago:
the "papering" of the windows of marlboro classics and calvin klein jeans. which can mean one of three things: (1) they're taking inventory; (2) they're renovating; (3) they're closing. apparently it was the latter for these two SSI brands. because over a week ago, this is what took their place:
which begs the question (rather questions): why such a big space for a/x armani exchange? is it that successful that they have to open another makati branch (there's already one in glorietta 4)? who shops there? anyone care to answer? then over at rustan's makati in ayala center, hello, what's this? what happened to the U section on the 3rd floor? it's like it never existed!
completely empty empty empty, completely devoid of racks, shelves and merchandise, and forget about trying to cross over to the children's section on the other side. it's been closed off, so you'll have to go or up or down in order to go to the opposite end. so where did everything go? here's your guide:
when you ask the salesladies what's going on, all they can say is "renovation," but one was updated enough to inform us that SSI was taking over the floor. that dang SSI, they're taking over everything! (including our wallets!) our DPA (deep-penetrating agent, just like ricky lo has) told us that debenhams will be taking over the whole section. which begs a variation of the above questions: why? is debenhams in shangri-la plaza doing that well that a second branch is direly needed? or required by the principals? who shops there? because every time we enter the shang store, it's almost always empty. well, we know who's going to be happy: clarins institut and its clients. the music at U was just too damn loud, you could hear it boom-booming and feel the walls vibrating while getting a facial. how relaxing is that??
SALE! SALE! SALE! (text message alerts!)
• from the paul smith mobile: offering a sale on autumn/winter 2005 items. G4 and shang.
• your wish is our command as we indulge you with our all-out jewelry sale from saturday, may 13 til sunday, may 28. as much as 30-60% off on pieces from wouters & hendrix, alexis bittar, greenbeads, vaubel and julie sandlau. super chic, these spectacular, one-of-a-kind pieces are must-have additions to your jewel boxes. itsie-bitsie boutique is at 1755 adriatico st., malate, manila, 522-8592.
• puma closing-out sale! new deliveries everyday! at mondragon house, 324 sen. gil puyat ave., makati city.