5 sandal styles for summer

THE PERFECT footwear to go with hot weather outfits are undoubtedly sandals. These trendy styles will easily match with just about anything: slides, which are easy to slip on and off, and as easy to wash and clean; flip-flops for when you’re off to take a dip in the pool or splash around the beach; wedges are a closet staple even after summer, versatile shoes that work whether you dress up and down; flat sandals that are easy to slip-on, are stylish and chic; strappy velcros are the trendy sandal-of-the moment, plus, they’re comfy and fit snugly on your feet. Check out the sandals from SSI brands online at www.Trunc.ph or through The Specialist, SSI’s At-Home Concierge service (facebook.com/SSILifePH).

Tumi luggage collection inspired by McLaren

LEADING international travel and lifestyle brand, Tumi has unveiled its new collection designed and developed in partnership with luxury supercar maker and Formula 1 team, McLaren. McLaren’s designers, engineers, and racers travel thousands of miles around the world each year in pursuit of perfection. Just as each driver relies on their car to get them across the finish line, the team depends on their luggage and travel necessities to get them to their destination. That inspiration manifests in the superior made-to-last quality of the collection. Since announcing in 2019 that the two companies would work together, Tumi’s Creative Director Victor Sanz and Rob Melville, McLaren’s supercar Design Director have created a premium capsule collection of elegant business, travel and everyday essentials. The capsule collection consists of nine pieces. Each encompasses elements of McLaren’s sleek, bold supercars and race cars. All are highlighted with McLaren’s signature Papaya colorway and feature CX6  carbon fiber accents. Key travel pieces include the Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-On and the Quantum Duffel. The carry-on is crafted in a hybrid of materials, including Tegris, an extremely hard-wearing thermoplastic composite found in race cars. The hard shell is contrasted by a moulded-fabric front panel with a supercar-influenced design that is echoed throughout the collaboration. The interior features a compression strap that takes its cues from the six-point racing harnesses found in its race cars and track-only models such as the limited-edition McLaren Senna GTR. The Velocity Backpack was created to keep wearers connected all day long thanks to the inclusion of a USB port and padded laptop compartment. Tumi’s hallmark “Add-a-Bag” sleeve makes it a fitting companion to the collection’s carry-on. The Torque Sling and Lumin Utility Pouch are additional contemporary styles for light-carry and hands-free days. The Orbit Small Packing Cube, Trace Expandable Organizer, and split compartment Teron Travel Kit are all ultra-portable accessories to keep belongings protected, organized, and readily available. The collection is now via TUMI.com, Tumi’s global retail stores, McLarenstore.com, and select McLaren retailers globally.

Michael Kors releases the Bradshaw bag

MICHAEL Kors has come up with a small convertible shoulder bag called the Bradshaw, a refined take on the iconic baguette bag. Inspired by 1990s style, the bag features a compact shape, fold-over silhouette, and short shoulder strap. Modern design elements give it of-the-moment appeal. Smooth leather is punctuated by high-shine hardware, like a gleaming push-lock fastening that opens to an interior sized to hold all the essentials, and an MK charm that, in a design first, is meticulously incorporated into the shoulder strap. Available in an array of luxe colors, this bag makes for the perfect staple in any city girl’s wardrobe. For something a little larger, the Bradshaw Messenger is the perfect go-to. The bag features the same ’90s-inspired baguette shape as the small Bradshaw, but with a roomier interior and a utilitarian webbing strap, which is embellished with an MK charm. In the Philippines, Michael Kors (MK) is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati, and Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and online at Trunc.ph and Rustans.com. Visit www.ssilife.com.ph for details.

GUESS opens its first outlet store in Batangas

AMERICAN clothing retailer GUESS recently opened its first-ever outlet store in Batangas at The Outlets at Lipa. The GUESS outlet store offers shoppers high quality apparel and fashion accessories such as watches, jewelry, perfumes, bags, and shoes at discounted rates. It joins other big lifestyle brands at The Outlets such as Adidas, Nike, H&M, Puma, Cotton On, Ipanema, Samsonite, and Speedo. The Outlets at Lipa is one of Luzon’s largest outlet shopping destinations, offering products from some of the biggest global brands at a discount all-year-round. It is located within LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas, a 700-hectare Philippine Economic Zone Authority-registered economic zone that is home to 127 industrial locators, 167 retail and restaurants spaces, a 138-room four-star hotel, a transportation hub, over 2,000 households, and more than 58,000 employees.

Easy Spirit offers comfy shoes

THE 35-YEAR-OLD brand Easy Spirit’s mission is to be makers of shoes and experiences that are all about making life easy for all women. Now exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corp., Easy Spirit will once again be accessible to all Filipinas who believe comfort should be uncomplicated. This season, Easy Spirit offers all-day walking shoes, mules, and sandals made for everyday ease. Each pair offers an easy support system and unique benefits. Easy Spirit’s product range includes orthotic friendly and ultra-flexible, breathable and super lightweight options with easy-on and easily adjustable designs. The Traveltime Family is a collection of sandals, sneakers and more, inspired by the comfort of Easy Spirit’s No. 1 bestselling Traveltime mule. The Spring collection also includes Walk-Easy Essentials, sneakers, sandals and mules that go the extra mile in comfort. Select styles feature the Easy Spirit 3 Triple the Comfort technology — three layers of advanced technology to soften each step. The Comfort Around the Clock collection offers footwear that can be worn from work to commute, from all-day wear and to every occasion. The Sandals collection is a one-stop shop for lightweight and supportive sandals. One step closer to a green future, Easy Spirit also offers Easy Eco, a collection for a more sustainable carbon footprint with select components made with recycled materials. Now all available on Zalora, this season’s collection combines the latest trends with comfort from denim and color-pop tie-dyes to flirty florals, artisan materials in classic and colorful shades and lightweight active knits designed with materials crafted from recycled components. The shoes at the Easy Spirit Flagship Store on Zalora are now available for introductory prices as low as P3,250 on select styles, plus there is a 30% off voucher that can be used until April 11.

FedEx pallets become upcycled furniture

FEDEX Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., is collaborating with Filipino furniture designer Trademark Kawpeng Designs (TMK), to breathe new life into discarded shipping pallets in support of an emerging circular economy and finding ways to reduce environmental impact. A Manila-based furniture and home decor start-up known for its unique made-to-order pieces that embody Scandinavian minimalist functionality, TMK works closely with clients in realizing their designs using various quality materials. For this special project with FedEx, TMK created sustainable furniture by repurposing and upcycling wooden pallets from FedEx. To transform the donated pallets, they were first cleaned, dried, sanded, and treated. TMK’s Matti Kawpeng then crafted them into a collection of functional furniture, including a study desk, an arm table, a side table, and a media console. The rest were turned into useful crates and were marketed to TMK clients. Proceeds were used to subsidize bicycles for TMK workers who were affected when public transport stopped during the coronavirus lockdown. A portion of the sales generated from donated materials are used for employees’ needs, such as their daily uniforms, snacks, coffee, and maintenance of their bikes. Check out Trademark Kawpeng Designs on Facebook and @tmkawpeng.designs on Instagram for more pieces and design inspirations.