The global marketplace is opening up new avenues to experiencing the rest of the world in the comforts of your hometown. Nowadays, exploring cultures different from your norm is as easy as accessing the very best products and services from different countries conveniently found in local haunts that you frequent. Indulge in the best that the world has to offer! We've rounded up some of the international offerings that have caught our eye for this week.
ICYMI, Belgians have more than a few epicurean enticements up their sleeves. Beyond being the origin of the world's most divine chocolate (Godiva, we're looking at you), Belgium also serves up a remarkable range of gastronomic goodies that is sure to whet anyone's appetite. To highlight the delights of their country's culinary and cultural complexion, the Belgian-Filipino Business Club hosted their bi-annual Mussels and Fries event last 28 September 2017 at Enderun Colleges, Taguig.
Think: mammoth mussels swimming in a cauldron of briney, winey broth paired with a heaping plate of crunchy fries from Lutosa for added contrast. Swigs of ice cold Belgian beer from Les Deux Belges washed down the meal and a luxurious serving of chocolate from Puratos capped off the night. Missed the event? No worries. The Belgian-Filipino Business Club regularly hosts business and social events to foster camaraderie and interaction among an eclectic mix of nationalities. Their aim: build bridges for the Philippines and Belgium to encourage more economic activities between the two nations. Catch more of their exciting events through their Facebook page.
Channeling your inner K-pop princess became that much easier with Skecher's latest sartorial offerings that would have you Seoul searching in no time! Pastel has always played a huge role in the Korean aesthetic with the country's style stars constantly showing off fresh new ways to slay the powdery palette without venturing to the sickly sweet side of it. The trick is to do as Devon Seron does: mix up your sherbet shaded OOTD with a liberal dose of funky edge through Skecher's wide assortment of street style friendly sneaks.
Boasting over 70 million followers on Chinese social media site Weibo, Yang Mi is a veritable superstar in China, and her global following is increasing daily. As a fashion style-setter, she has graced the covers of numerous magazines, such Vogue, Elle, Harper’s, Bazaar ,Grazia, and L’Officiel in China. This makes her the perfect brand ambassador for fashion giant, Michael Kors, for its Michael Kors The Walk, the brand’s seasonal street style campaign shot by Tommy Ton, this fall. The appointment solidifies the relationship between Yang Mi and Michael Kors that has been developing over the years. Most recently, she collaborated with Michael Kors on an exclusive Mercer handbag available at DFS locations this Fall. In May, the actress attended Vogue’s Met Gala as a guest of the designer, sporting a custom Michael Kors Collection gown. She also sat front row at the Spring 2017 Michael Kors Collection runway show. Prior to that, she was the star of our global Michael Kors Young series events: 2015's Young China in Beijing and 2016's Young Power event in Shanghai.
Sleek, modern and purposeful: three words that can easily describe Karlie Kloss, Cole Haan's muse for it's launch of Cole Haan Collection and featured in the GrandEvølution Modern Monk, which is designed with dual density Grand.ØS foam for ultimate cushioning and energy return, where performance and tradition are integrated in the footwear, offering supreme comfort without sacrificing style. The iconic American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand and retailer announced its Fall 2017 Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories campaign featuring fashion icons Christy Turlington Burns and Karlie Kloss, lensed by acclaimed photographer Cass Bird. “When someone is extraordinary,” says Karlie Kloss, “They are being genuine to their unique passions and chasing their dreams.” Christy Turlington Burns notes, “What any of us do on any daily basis is very ordinary, very routine. Extraordinary is really born from being your best possible self in any of those given moments.”
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When traveling to a new destination, there are a few non-negotiables that one shouldn’t leave the house without. Apart from sensible clothes, comfortable shoes, and travel-sized personal hygiene products, a smart traveler will always bring an equally smart and trusty suitcase along for the trip. More than anything, a piece of luggage is almost like a good friend that carries memories, and whose cooperation brings great joy. This September 14-17, Rustan’s Shangri-La will be offering up to 55% discount on notable luggage brands, such as Samsonite, American Tourister, Lipault, High Sierra, Saville Row, and Jack Nicklaus. In partnership with East West Credit Card, the promo is exclusive to FSP members. Missed the sale? Customers may enjoy the great offers and discounts again in November when Rustan’s outlet store in Solenad holds another sale for the same luggage brands! Drive down south on November 16-19 and shop the best deals there.
When a major fashion brand pays tribute to the vibrant city of Venice, one can expect only a bit of magic to unfurl. Fall in love with the grandeur of the city, where an 1,500 years of history glisten on the waters of its waterways, rendered artistically in Furla's Spring/Summer 2018 Men's collection. The myriad of patterns and colors found within the city serve as inspiration to the gorgeous handbags within the collection. Bring home a piece of the Palazzo Fortuny in the 'Marte' handbag, or revel in the rich brocades of Venetian tapestries in the 'Atlante', or indulge your inner chameleon with the 'Ulisse' backpack, which is a playful take on on the lead character of Homer's Odyssey.
With Manila's gloomy weather as of late killing your daydreams of endless summers, immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of Seafolly W17 Collection. Of all the gorgeous pieces found in the collection, Indian Summer whispers of sun sand and spices. Saturate your senses in the chaotic heat of the Bazaar to the free spirit of the coast. Be enveloped in textiles inspired by the traditional crafts of India where digitally printed designs of kaleidoscopic beadwork create and illusion of texture across swim, active and overswim. Our Indian Summer print is where peachy sunset hues of dusty pink and peach melba sit alongside flecks of turquoise and lapis, highlighted by bands of dusky black. From the coast of Goa to Cuba, the Havana textured knit returns to swim in fresh block colours of black and peach melba. Beauty is in the detail as swim styles are trimmed with copper triangle trinkets, statement fabrics are transported into this summer season with modern shapes and multi Rouleau strapping whilst engineered placements enhance our exotic photo real print. To see is to believe. Check out the entire collection which is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Rustan’s Alabang and Rustan’s Cebu
Since 1957, Marks & Spencer, the leader in quality British style, has been giving men and women inimitable styles and giving confidence by offering a vast range of denim jeans that include key styles across a series of colors and washes to form that effortless, timeless wardrobe. Kick it up your OOTDs a notch with quality, fuss-free, low-key pieces that offer flattering fits for every figure–from jeggings to relaxed slim and flare jeans–whichever you fancy, be thoroughly amazed with the thoughtful details and expert construction. One of the cult M&S favorites, the Sculpt & LiftTM Jeans, features high power stretch fabric that retains great shape wash after wash. The jeans also feature innovative backstitching that lifts the bottom, creating a perfectly sculpted, natural silhouette. It is the most flattering denim you will wear. whether skinny, slim or bootleg, paired with sneakers or high heels, Sculpt & LiftTM Jeans help build a strong, modern and ultra-flexible wardrobe.
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Last September 22 to 24 2017 marked the sixth Philippine Harvest at Central Square, where a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture, SSI Inc, and the Embassy of France to the Philippines brought a diverse mix of Filipino and French exhibitors together in a unique gastronomical event, Philippine Harvest Meets Bon Appétit, to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France. Foodies flocked to sample products that highlighted both country's diverse range of culinary products and traditions. Indigenous agricultural products like heirloom rice from the Cordilleras, artisanal chocolates from Davao, and coffee from Sulu mingled with world-renowned cheese, wine and dairy and meat products from France in a mouthwatering celebration of each country's unique food culture.
Nowadays, it seems like no one can get enough of wine; every day there seems to be another study touting the amazing benefits of the heady beverage. The proof is in the long-stemmed glass you enjoy to unwind after a long day of to-do lists. Lucky for us, a world of wines is now available at Marketplace by Rustan’s. Shoppers of Shangri-La Plaza can now get their favorite products from all over the world conveniently located at the newly renovated store, which was launched the same night as Marketplace by Rustan’s The World of Wine VIP Night last September 28. You can now have a world-class experience of wine from premium wine-growing regions around the globe even as you shop here at home!
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