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


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!)


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.


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.


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.


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?”


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.


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


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.






Marni at H&M | Launching Tomorrow

Parkas, suits, shorts and stripes.  Plus knit ties, and um.. scarves.  I expect that everyone who appreciates the F word (fashion) to be lining up ala apple store campout style, or contacting their buyers to cop the latest collaboration of H&M dubbed “Marni at H&M”

Closest stores to the Philippines would be Hong Kong and Singapore.  So there’s the flying out, albeit expensive route.  Another option would be to shop online, but expect the site to crash or become snail pace slow loading because of the traffic, and end up without neither a size nor a pair of socks.  Best bet would be asking a friend or a buyer to snatch it up before the crowds descend on the merch. 

This collection reminds me of “workwear” (current word du jour of many a clothing label) mixed with a playful..  It just looks quirky and quietly says that you’re the creative type, with clever cuts and lines.  Subdued colors and slightly accentuations of color, mixed with signature prints are what I see in this diffusion.  You’ll dig this if you’ve finally decided that neons are best left for highlighters, 80s (and maybe a few throwbacks) and if genuine workwear is generally too oddly shaped for your sartorial salacities.  Not sure about the terno swim shorts and shirt plus sandals with socks though.  But maybe, it’ll work, for someone… somewhere.  Who knows.  Best bet, break it up.

Parka with ankle length trousers, and a doodley contrast collar tee

Feels like summer? to me.  Shorts look fresh.  Knit tie?  Knit tie.

Oddly, this reminds me of a french worker’s jacket.  You know, that vibe.

Big pockets, slim sleeves.  I dig this one.

Not one for sweaters with these lines.  They can look a bit feminine.  Still, it could work for you.