Sunglass Sunset | Ronnie & Joe Anniversary

Ronnie & Joe, the eyewear boutique one would go to when looking for hard to find labels such as Cutler & Gross, Matsuda, Ksubi, Native Sons, DITA, Margiela Karen Walker, and Thom Browne to name a few celebrated their anniversary as well as a new store opening on a semi-hidden gem of a rooftop of Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. I naturally brought my camera given the details.

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Emel playing my jam, haha!

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Photo from my personal instagram.

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As candid as “candid” gets

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Hi Nix!

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Sunset, moonrise.

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I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the refreshments that day.

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Laureen, always smiling!

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Jess, doing her thing.

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Ronnie & Joe Ground Floor, Powerplant Rockwell

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A Pinatubo Trek | ECCO

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I rare to go to places that I’ve never been, with people who are just as excited to be outdoors as I am. I always see my friend Marc’s photos of the whole Pinatubo experience on facebook complete with 4x4s and always find myself incredibly envious! So when SSI contacted me for this trip out to the active volcano with Scandinavian shoe brand ECCO I immediately accepted even if was to arrive from Boracay on that same day. But hey, no rest for the wicked right? My plane had arrived late in Manila (no surprise there) so I just high-tailed it to the north with sand still stuck in between my toes.

I love the drive to the north, it’s really smooth and can even be a bit too comfortable if you’re driving alone because it can be hard to stay awake when all you see are road reflectors and you’ve got cruise control engaged. I reached Green Canyon (a peaceful, eco friendly hotel which features a lot of wood carvings by artist Nico Jose) in about an hour or so, I missed the dinner they had for everyone but I was determined to join in the adventure the next morning with ECCO.

I was greeted with this “Go Anywhere” kit! ECCO 02 shoes, a cap, shirt, towel, socks and umbrella (just in case) after a quick inspection I was off to bed.

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After a rejuvanating sleep, probably thanks to the peaceful surroundings I was ready for a whole day of trekking and filling up my camera with photos. Slipped my ECCO 02 shoes on, and was surprised with how breathable they were.

Good morning guys! Roy Macam and Alyanna Martinez were there also, I was glad there were more than a few familiar faces in the group.

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Tall guy in photo is Martin Hein, who is the Business Development Manager for ECCO in Asia. He was with his team from Singapore.

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Up and at ’em.

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We got a covered 4×4 which I was thankful for when the sun started to really come out.

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Bloggers united! Paul aka Paultheprguy was there too!

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The ride is around 45 minutes until the start of the trek, it’s mostly lahar and looks very otherworldly. No traffic, no roads, just an appetite for adventure!

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Kwentuhan underway, I learned about the brand’s origins as well as how Martin started out with ECCO and the brand’s range and commitment to producing quality shoes. Was pretty impressed with the care and detail given to each shoe, it isn’t mass produced and is premium.

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Talking about triathlon now, totally bro-ing out. I found out Martin is training for his first IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon!

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Quick stop for photos!

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Roy’s ECCO 02 pair!

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Daniel Tan! Mr. Photog, aerial cam extraordinaire!

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Shoe selfie. I like how sleek they are without looking too-fashiony. You get what I mean? Classic lines but still stylish without looking overly designed.

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“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmet Brown

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ECCO 02 shoes with smart air channelling system and breathable yak leather uppers, which offers more effective heat transportation as well as a waterproof and breatheable GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ membrane.

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Okay, I admit it. I didn’t actually drive. This was more of my shoot with Paul! Haha!

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The trek begins! Daniel must have been carrying 20lbs of camera equipment!

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Admiring nature’s art.

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Here we go!

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Water is no problem whatsoever.

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No trailblazing please. Even if it’s really tempting!

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After a few steep climbs, narrow paths and streams we made it to the caldera!

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And what a site she is! It’s hard to believe this place looked like the end of the world when Pinatubo erupted.

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Friendly reminders were scattered about.

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Requisite OOTD! Thank you Paul! Ray-Ban Aviators, ECCO shirt, APC x Carhartt trousers, ECCO 02 shoes.

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What a view. I was speaking to Martin about how this is how I imagine this is how the Fjords in Norway look like. He has been there and agreed, I have yet to confirm this in the future.

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Paul with his trusty Fujifilm camera! Mirrorless revolution!

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Roy said that swimming was allowed before, but alas no more.

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Daniel’s drone, excited to see his video!

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Utterly breathtaking!

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The walk back!

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“Artsy” shot of Sam.

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Every corner a sight to behold.

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Back by the 4x4s complimentary cleaning was offered, to show how easy to maintain and clean ECCO shoes are. They are clearly a company that cares about the lifespan of a shoe and doesn’t just churn out pair after pair.

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ECCO is exclusively distributed by Store Specialists, Inc. (SSI) in the Philippines. Located at Rustan’s Makati, Glorietta, Bonifacio High Street, Robinsons Midtown, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Robinson’s Magnolia, Gateway, TriNoma, Fairview Terraces, and Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu. Visit http://www.ssilife.com.ph for more information!

Timely | SevenFriday

“What time is it”

A beautiful woman asks your group of friends, and while the rest reach into their pockets for their phones you proudly announce the time, ask her what’s the rush, get her number, have an amazing conversation and ride off into the sunset. The end.

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This never happens. But it could if you were wearing a Seven Friday. These watches have a sense of excitement about them, when on your wrist you look like you’re about to break a course record or close a deal. It’s a watch that exudes confidence, it doesn’t say country club money or finesse. It’s big on the wrist, well designed and slightly aggressive. I would say rough around the edges but it’s so well made that that wouldn’t be a fitting description.

The watch case looks retro but not to the point of novelty, and though the dial isn’t so easy to read, one doesn’t get sick of looking at it and will be impressed how much refinement is in it.

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It’s a watch that isn’t conservative, traditional, or usual. It makes a statement, it shows you know a thing or two about design but aren’t looking to flaunt your wallet size.

Espoused with 15 years of in-depth experience in the watch industry, SevenFriday

founder Daniel Niederer shares his passion for advancement, product performance,

and mélange of styles. “Our intention was to create a timepiece with the best

standards and highly perceived value, but still quite affordable. We wanted to

produce a watch that you just don’t put in a drawer. Normally, you look at a watch

and you think—it’s either a jewelry watch or a sports watch. But when you look at

this watch, you’re actually not sure. Is it classic or modern? I don’t want to specify

what it stands for. I believe a good design shouldn’t explain too much,” he said.

As Niederer’s individualistic nature and lifestyle preference mirror his creations,

SevenFriday shows every self-driven and bright bloke a different take on profoundly

engineered items with the mix of two superb major features in its wristwatches—the

iconic box with an aluminum animation ring and made of stainless steel that serves

as a protective casing; and the impressive interface of mechanical layers composed

of multi-layer dial, unique hands, and complex watch movement.

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Meticulous focus on material and finish combined with a workhorse Miyota caliber which keeps time better than you can makes for an excellent companion on your wrist. Highly recommended.

SEVENFRIDAY is available at the following retail stores—SevenFriday Watch Boutiques (Promenade and Mega Fashion Hall at SM Mega Mall); Washington Jewelry Emporium (Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Robinsons Place Manila, Shangri-La Plaza, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, and SM North EDSA); and Urban Superior Store at Banilad Town Center Cebu City

A Decidedly Men’s Store in High Street Central | GENERAL

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Linen Jacket by Uniqlo, Linen Shirt, COS Trousers, Massimo Dutti driving shoes, American Apparel Belt, Vintage 1973 Seiko Watch. (mirror shot. I really need an intern!)

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GENERAL!  A decidedly Men’s store, one of the few in Manila. I was invited over to check out the new collection of Lyle & Scott, being on a holiday and fond of the brand, I decided to make the visit. The moment you step into the GENERAL store, a feeling of quality is felt. The polished concrete floors, geometric tiles, oxblood chesterfield couch all lend an air that is very british and longstanding.

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I particularly liked the window display as it was travel themed and had an informed explorer feel to it as opposed to a glossy, well-heeled yet out of place checklist traveller.

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I love Harrington jackets, they have always been quintessentially british to me. The red one is perfect for people looking to incorporate (a lot) more color into their wardrobes.

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I take a long time looking and selecting clothes, thinking of how to incorporate into my existing closet, if the stitches are clean, if the material is natural or synthetic, and the walang kamatayang “is this a good investment?”

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Trying things on, I opened the curtain just for the photo of course! This is an older piece, but fits really well, felt like Steve McQueen until the moment I took it off.

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No fail oxford shirt, with some nice details that make it unique.

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Of course a discussion about the different brands available in the store, top of my head I remember Lyle & Scott, Penfield, Johnston & Murphy, SWIMS, Clae, Herschel, Hedgren, Boxfresh and Reyn Spooner. Well established brands that are identifiable for us guys and with rich brand histories. GENERAL is a good store to check out if you’re looking for new styles or upgrades to your existing favorites.

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GENERAL

UNIT 203 & 204 C1 BUILDING UPPER GROUND FLOOR, BONIFACIO HIGH STREET CENTRAL, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY

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BEST FOOT FORWARD | Ayala Style Origin

I’ve always enjoyed watching fashion shows, seeing new collections first before it hits the stores has always been exciting for me. One other exciting thing is actually being on stage and wearing the clothes! I was very pleased when Style Origin called to walk a show. To tell you honestly, I still get a bit nervous when on the catwalk so to overcome that I choose to wear shoes or accessories that I’m used to and confident that will look good with the outfit I’m donning that day. The show featured various brands available in Ayala malls, and made for a interesting mix of male and female models as well.

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Here’s what I wore for the show! I donned Guess and my favorite Original Penguin shoes!

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Look at these beauties! Full grain leather and vibram-looking sole, really works for the ensemble.

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Dance dance revolution.

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FINER DETAILS | Original Penguin Footwear & Accessories

What does Sinatra, Vampire Weekend, Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects, and the cast from the show Entourage have in common? Original Penguin! The gents aforementioned exude this country club cool without looking overly stuffy or preppy. Attitude is very much evident in the styles and details of Original Penguin clothing, as is its influences and the brand’s golf roots. This clear direction continues with Original Penguin’s footwear and accessories line. One can wear the collection and have a clear sense of how the designs were evolved from classic pieces such as tennis trainers, slip-ons, desert boots and brogues. Definitely Original and not derivative, Original Penguin deserves a sizeable portion of one’s shoe and accessory arsenal.

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The store looked like a mix of mid-century and a relaxed luxury feel to it with vignettes featuring the new offerings and vintage mementos such as typewriters and rotary telephones. Actual full-sized chairs (as opposed to benches) to try on their shoes was also very nice.

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Wearing their shoes could very well bring you from boardwalk to boardroom in a cinch. As well as from country club to catamaran with as much ease.

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I really liked the watches on NATO straps! For a casual yet informed style.

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This watch almost looks architectural, and has an understated yet versatile potential.

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ACTIVE IN STYLE | Fit Fashion x Team Manila

In line with the nearing launch of the Fit and Fashion App (Android/iOS) our collaboration with Team Manila was launched last week at Rockwell. The crowd-sourced, tongue-in-cheek slogans featured on shirts offer a light yet honest approach as to why we “hit the gym” or are constantly trying to start your very own “balik alindog program”

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That day the weather was really good and inviting, perfect for a launch if I should say so!

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Arrived early of course to set up!

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Yes, that’s Divine cutting up a shirt pre-printed with guide lines to help one customise and make the shirt your own / show off your guns!

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STUDIO 54 | Ruffa’s Disco Glam Birthday Bash

The moment I saw the invite to Ruffa’s birthday, I knew I’d quickly be out of ideas of what to wear. You see, there’s a fine line between looking good and in theme, and looking like you rented a costume so I decided to tread lightly. Was my choice a hit or miss? Who knows? The ladies on the other hand I’m sure did their homework because they came in what appeared to be all the rage in 1978! Everybody looked great, and Ruffa truly was the star of the night looking like a hollywood glamourpuss! Incredible party!

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