Monday, April 28, 2008

rafe in wwd

rafe totengco was in town last month for the formal opening of his first freestanding store in the country in greenbelt 5. it was held on the same night as the lesley mobo show, also held in greenbelt 5. today posted an article about that opening, written by bambina olivares wise. here is the full article:


Published: Monday, April 28, 2008

Rafe Returns Home With Manila Boutique

By Bambina Wise

Accessories designer Rafe Totengco, known for blending uptown sophistication with downtown edge, has taken his aesthetic to the Philippines.

Rafe New York opened a 300-square-foot boutique last month in the designer's home town, Manila.

"I was blown away with the reception I got from customers, who came in droves to congratulate me, shower me with affection and support," New York-based Totengco said about the launch party.

The day before, the boutique was opened for women who didn't want to wait a day for fear of losing out on their favorites. Totengco said the store only carries a few of every style to keep the market exclusive.

"After all, most of my customers all know each other," he said.

The boutique, located in the Greenbelt section with neighbors that include Paul Smith, Balenciaga and Marc by Marc Jacobs, features the same color scheme as the New York showroom: baby blue damask patterned walls, rich chocolate brown floors and an eclectic mix of Asian antiques and vintage furniture.

The Manila store is owned and operated by Ricco and Tina Ocampo, the husband-and-wife team behind the multibrand fashion boutique Mix. The Ocampos have been supportive of Totengco from his earliest days as a designer.

Tina Ocampo, who is also the designer of the Celestina range of minaudières, fine jewelry and other accessories handcrafted from indigenous Philippine materials, said Rafe has a strong following in his home country.

"Rafe's been loved by young Filipinos since the Eighties, when he started designing a line of hip outfits under the label Schizo," she said. "Now he is more loved because he brought pride to the Philippines with his Rafe bags."

The freestanding Rafe store was a natural development. Mix had been carrying the line for years and sales have been robust. Ocampo attributed the success to several factors, among them the well-known Filipino love for bags and shoes.

What sets the line apart, she said, is "the way Rafe's bags address the need to acquire a hip-looking bag and a useful one at the same time."

"What I like most in Rafe's bags is that it consistently provides space that will fit everything that one needs to carry during the day," Ocampo said. "His loyal customers around the world, likewise, love his well-thought-out compartment details in his bag. To be able to find exactly where your phone, pen, lipstick, gum and keys all are is just incredible."

Totengco said opening a store in his homeland 13 years after launching his namesake brand in New York was particularly satisfying.

"I'm so proud," he said. "My life has really come full circle."


check out what rafe thought of his homecoming experience in his own words in his blog can i tell you?

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Friday, April 25, 2008

on your marc

after:marc by marc jacobs at greenbelt 5 now open.

Monday, April 14, 2008

eau boys

fab french fashion brand paul & joe designed these limited-edition cans and bottles for perrier, which are supposed to be released in the US by summer. cute!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008

absolut mango

new from absolut, just in time for a delicious summer drink. try this:

Cinnamon Sour

1 part Absolut Mango
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Simple Syrup
1 dash Egg White

Fill a rocks glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour absolut mango, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake it until the shaker is very cold. Strain the drink into the rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a mango slice.


Friday, April 04, 2008


it's not just the beas and the tinas who are getting coverage in foreign publications. ladies and gentlemen, a new contender in the international arena:W magazine's april 2008 issue (cover: kate moss) features in its "uncensored" section VMV hypoallergenics' most popular product, armada (you can see it hooked onto the letter O). VMV is also now available in thailand. we saw their products being sold in boots.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

join! join! join!

havaianas has partnered with studio 23 and the department of tourism and launched last april 1 "flipping for the beach," a contest that will send seven winners (and a plus one!) to their favorite local beach destination. all you have to do is write an essay or produce a video plus three photos about a unique experience you had in any beach destination in the philippines and submit on or before may 1. no purchase necessary! and if you're picked, here's what you win: for details, visit a havaianas store or call (2) 780-9898 or text +63927-662-1127 or

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

borgy is an international celebrity

today as we were searching through the louis vuitton website for a particular bag (not to buy, mind you, just for research), curiosity got the better of us and we clicked on the opening party of their renovated 5 canton road concept store in hong kong, which happened a couple weeks ago. and look who fell under the "international celebrities" link: but why is his name fernando marcos? his full name is fernando martin marcos manotoc. we guess that name was just too long to print, so the guy in charge of labeling picked the two most "celebrity-like" names out of the four in his full name. but where was ruffa? wasn't she one of the filipino celebrities flown in for the occasion? nagtatanong lang po.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

april fool's day

quick! while it's still april 1 US time! go to youtube and click on any of the "featured videos." you MAY or MAY NOT like the surprise you get! guess what, you've been rickrolled! who writes this stuff??