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fresh mess for garage feb/mar 2010: eye of the taiga

For my third column for Garage Magazine, I put the new Louis Vuitton Taiga accessories collection under the spotlight. 

Devoid of any monograms which the house of Louis Vuitton is known (and maliciously copied) for, these new bags are a study in restrained elegance. Either that you hate it and find it boring, or like me, you like it and find that it only leaves room for self-expression. I have to admit that when I started buying Louis Vuitton not too long time ago, it had to be about the monograms, quatrefoils, and the trademark checkers. But lately, I tend to appreciate the more subtle bags with minimal branding. In this new set of bags, only a discreet LV stamp can be found. That’s the kind of luxury that is whispered and not shouted, to borrow a quote.

I am eyeing for myself the Cabas Zippé in Boreal (deep, dark cobalt blue), the standout oversize tote that can be flipped and carried two ways – via the top rounded handles or the flat side handle. The two handle option and the zippered outer compartment are too good of structure details to miss. Not to mention it’s one of the three one-shot pieces from this collection.

Show some LVoe and grab your copy of the latest Garage Magazine! It’s available in many newsstands in the Philippines from today.


garage magazine feb/mar 2010

I need to breathe.

The news of a fresh issue of Garage Magazine, with my third column in it, comes as a breath of fresh air.

Grab your copies in newsstands from February 1!

fresh mess for garage dec/jan 2010: shiny, happy people

Pop a happy pill of Nordic cool.

For Garage Magazine’s travel and arts issue, I wrote about Norwegian-born fashion brand, Moods of Norway. Founded in the small, picturesque town of Stryn where Moods of Norway still has its headquarters and showroom, the brand has grown into an international name in fashion. With stores in Europe, the US and Japan and a celebrity following, Moods of Norway continues to set men’s fashion on the edge in its sixth year now with fun, frisky use of colors, sheen and outrageous prints.

For its current collections, Moods of Norway offers sharp suits in either tartan or romantic folk prints. The latter seems to get inspiration from the traditional Norwegian art of rose painting – the prints are ornate and rococo. My personal pick would be this bordeaux jacket (pictured upper right corner on the page) emblazoned with tone-on-tone floral patterns and features a contrast piping on the lapel. It looks so lavish and luxurious!

Also captured in this column is the magnificent Norwegian nature – the snowcapped mountains and the fjords. No wonder Norwegians are happy people (but the award went to their neighboring Danes), they are blessed with good looks and a stunning country to live in.

Show some love and get your copy of Garage Magazine’s December/January 2010 issue. It’s available in many newsstands in the Philippines.

fresh mess for garage oct/nov 2009: out of africa

Garage Fall Style Issue

I am still over the moon about my debut as a writer for GARAGE Magazine – the Philippines’ ultimate style guide for guys. In this issue, I wrote about Louis Vuitton (what else?) and my personal picks from its fall/winter men’s accessories collection inspired by the “travelling wardrobe of an African king.”

You’ll read about pieces that pay homage to the monogram that the house built, and then some; styled scarification techniques, soccer ball inspirations and classic checks interpretations. I also found the “perfect man bag” and a worthy touring companion to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

If you’re in Manila and you haven’t grabbed your copy of GARAGE Magazine yet, please run to your nearest newsstand and show some love. I myself can’t wait to receive my own copy of this Big Fall Issue with actor Jon Avila (I do love his sweater) and Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga on the cover!

Again, thanks to my editor Rey Ilagan for making this possible for me. Like what I wrote previously, this is something I never expected to do but was totally a dream come true. It is such a great honor for me to write for GARAGE and I am truly proud of myself for this personal achievement.

GARAGE Magazine can also be found here.

a print debut

Garage Oct/Nov 2009

I know it’s not the best time to plug but if you’re in the Philippines and are able to get a copy of the latest issue of GARAGE Magazine, you will find fresh mess there.

After having written hundreds of press releases during my four-year PR stint in the Philippines, I am finally getting a byline in one of the country’s hottest fashion magazines. Thanks to GARAGE for making a dream come true!

GARAGE is available at newsstands nationwide. Grab your copies now!

wallpaper* reveals norway


Winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was clearly just the beginning; it seems Norway is taking the world’s cultural stage by storm. – Wallpaper*

I just received my replacement October Wallpaper* issue with guest editor Philippe Starck’s translucent Evolution cover. This issue includes a special section called Norway Revealed, chronicling the country’s emerging contemporary design scene, cultural and inspiring destinations and creative outbursts of Norwegian designers on the international stage.


The inauguration of the Norwegian Opera House last year was just the tip of the iceberg of a huge regeneration project transforming Oslo’s former Bjørvika container port. Projects in line include Oslo’s new business district, a new national museum, a new Central Station, a new Deichman Library and a new Munch Museum. The new Holmenkollen Ski Jump will provide a great bird’s eye view of the harbour once completed in 2011. These projects reflect the country’s increasing design awareness, something that is truly exciting.



The Norwegian fjords and valleys not only bring national pride and a memorable experience to visitors, but is also apparently home to hundreds of small, family-run furniture companies with big ideas. Here are Georg Stokke’s Varier Furniture best known for its classic (and much copied) “Planet” chair of 1965; Stordal with its simple, functional and beautiful range of sofas, stools and tables; and Fora Form’s eye-catching range of Furniture including the Johan Verde-designed bright-red “Loop” armchair among others.


It also names Norway’s new generation of creative talents, including Petter Skogstad who created the “Hay” modular sofa which I love to have in my living room and rearrange the bale-sized pieces according to my mood.


The feature is capped with a four-page anthem of what’s interesting and hot in the country’s gastronomy, shopping, accommodation and attraction fronts, from the picturesque peninsular Ålesund (pictured) to the always vibrant Karl Johan Street.

There has never been a better time to visit Norway.

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