UNIQLO appoints Green Doraemon as Global Sustainability Ambassador

GLOBAL apparel retailer UNIQLO has announced that it has appointed a green version of the internationally beloved blue Japanese manga and anime character Doraemon as its Global Sustainability Ambassador. Presented with the UNIQLO logo also rendered in green, he will help convey the many ways in which UNIQLO materializes its sustainability message of “Changing our future through the power of clothing.” As UNIQLO Global Sustainability Ambassador, Doraemon will be presenting the brand’s sustainability initiatives in fun and easily understandable ways. Rendering Doraemon and the UNIQLO logo green underscores the company’s determination to accelerate its sustainability efforts. Doraemon Sustainability Mode will feature in UNIQLO stores around the world, the brand websites, and other channels. Doraemon joins Japanese actress Haruka Ayase and UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Shingo Kunieda, Gordon Reid, Ayumu Hirano, and Adam Scott in taking UNIQLO’s sustainability initiatives forward. The six UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors will contribute to these endeavors through sport and by wearing everyday apparel incorporating environmentally friendly materials. For more information, visit the UNIQLO Sustainability site at www.uniqlo.com/en/sustainability/ and the Fast Retailing 2021 Sustainability Report 2021 at www.fastretailing.com/eng/sustainability/report/new.html.

Shoe designer Joel Wijangco joins international footwear design tilt

ON the heels of his recognition as one of the finalists of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) and the Philippine Footwear Federation Incorporated’s (PFFI) annual Filipino Footwear Design Competition, Joel Wijangco is now an official representative of the Philippines in the upcoming International Footwear Design Competition in Guangzhou, China. His winning entry this year, which will be sent to the international competition in China is “Sister’s Favorite.” The provocative and cheeky design, in which the wearer’s foot is in a bowl of ramen, is inspired and dedicated to the designer’s sister, a teacher working in Japan. Upon hearing news that his sister’s cancer had come back, Mr. Wijangco created the shoe to tell her story and to capture the moments they shared over a bowl of ramen. Mr. Wijangco uses traditional and non-traditional materials in his “Sister’s Favorite” shoe design, collaborating with Tawong Lipod, a special effects and prosthetics company. “Cari Dawn Conejero, its founder, has been a joy to work with, a kindred soul definitely. Together, we created the shoes from resin, rubber, and plastics, with a fiberglass-coated metal shank embedded in its sole,” he added. Parties interested in customized and unique shoe designs can e-mail: joel.wijangco@gmail.com.

One-stop perfume shop in LazMall

RUSTAN Marketing Corp. has opened The Perfumerie Flagship Store at LazMall, a one-stop shop for all things fragrances, which has an ongoing sale until March 31. The Perfumerie fills the virtual shelves with a wide range of perfumes and colognes for men, women, and children. Among the fragrances are those from world renowned brands like Charriol, Vera Wang and Nautica. There is Vera Wang’s Embrace Body Mist Collection which has four fragrance pairings: Green Tea & Pear Blossom, Rose Buds & Vanilla, Periwinkle & Iris and Marigold & Gardenia. Enjoy up to 15% off on Vera Wang scents until March 31. Meanwhile, Charriol fragrances are a juxtaposition between the classic and the modern. For something luxurious, the Eau de Toilette for Women features a fruity-floral scent with hints of bergamot, passionfruit, carambola, freesia, jasmine, date fruit, teak wood, vetiver and musk. It is bottled in a circle-shaped flacon that’s detailed with gold and gems. It is available at 25% off. Nautica’s Voyage Collection is fresh and aquatic, with top notes of green leaves and crisp apple. Nautica Voyage Sport captures the senses with its fresh, woody fougere opening with a sea spray accord and energy coming from citrus zest and coriander. Score up to 15% off on select Nautica scents until March 31. Lamborghini’s Essenza is a men’s fragrance inspired by colors and scents from the heart of Italian Mediterranean Coast. It is a clean, invigorating, masculine aroma, bursting with freshness and clarity of crisp citrus and brisk woody elements. Shop Lamborghini Fragrances at The Perfumerie Flagship Store to get up to 25% off. Among the other perfumes available are Solinotes which lets you create your unique signature scent by layering two or three favorite perfumes like a pro (10% off);  Disney fragrances whose collections of scents are bottled in Disney characters (50% off ); Jōvan fragrances (15%); and Aspen For Men (15% off). All the fragrances are exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corp..

Ever Bilena marks 38th year with big sale

TO MARK its 38th anniversary, Ever Bilena treated its customers to the “Great at 38” sale, with prices set at P38 for some products or 38% discounts given to select Ever Bilena, EB Advance, and Careline products. The reception to the sale was such that three-month’s worth of stocks were immediately depleted in one day on the brand’s official pages on Lazada and Shopee. Thousands of shoppers also followed social distancing protocols in malls across the country and patiently lined up to enjoy the discounts on Ever Bilena products. The celebration is not over with more deals on best-selling products like matte lipsticks and makeup collaboration with Kris Aquino on sale for P38 or 38% off extended until April 30.

Montblanc releases new watch

PAYING tribute to the origins of Minerva, Montblanc unveils the new Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100, a re-edition of a 46 mm military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s that was equipped with the calibre 19-09CH. This is a limited edition of 100. When customers or journalists visit the Manufacture museum in Villeret, they are often surprised by the modernity and beauty of a 46 mm Minerva military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s. This timepiece, with its black dial and luminescent vintage elements, served as the main inspiration for the entire Montblanc 1858 collection, hence the name Origins. The new timepiece goes beyond a simple re-edition, keeping key elements of the original model while integrating vintage twists. Equipped with the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100 features a 46 mm case made of a special alloy of bronze, a distinctive “officer” case back, and a vintage black dial with beige elements. It is completed with a brand-new vintage-style brown Sfumato alligator strap with beige stitching and is strictly limited to 100 pieces. Montblanc is available at Rustans Makati, Rustans Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu, Greenbelt 5, City of Dreams, and Resorts World.