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Tod’s Sella Bag

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Top models, socials and digital influencers were spotted in Milan wearing their TOD’S SELLA BAG last Milan Women’s Fashion Week.

Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Krystal Jung, Linda Tol, Liu Wen, Mariacarla Boscono, Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Zhang Ziyi, Layla Monteiro, Faye Tsui, Diipa Khosla, Evangelie Smyrniotaki, Barbara Palvin, Edvig Opshaug, Sara Brajovic, Noor De Groot and Michelle Madsen are only a few of the international personalities seen in their #TodsSellaBag.Tod's Sella Bag (1) Tod's Sella Bag (3) Tod's Sella Bag (4) Tod's Sella Bag (2)From the meticulous construction of the shoes and handbags, TOD’S is the label par excellence for handmade accessories for men and women. The TOD’S warehouses store some of the finest leathers from the best tanneries in the world. Each leather hide is checked by our experts for imperfections. They monitor the colour, thickness and texture, so that they are uniform, and those hides that do not meet our high standards are rejected. Once the shoes are completed, every pair is carefully inspected and those that have the slightest defect are discarded.

Process is involved in the making of the bags: The production techniques are similar to those used by ancient saddle makers. Extreme skill and attention to detail is required for the cutting of the leather and the sewing of each style, as it is meticulously pieced together.Tod's Sella Bag (5)Like the new Sella Bag where Ribbing and stitching are a sort of contemporary metropolitan architecture rooted in a long history of genuine saddle craft.

In the Philippines, Tod’s is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Greenbelt 4 and Rustan’s Shangri-La, Shangri-La Plaza. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

FURLA 90th Anniversary

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Ninety years of beauty and Italian culture. Constantly evolving, as women’s taste hasthroughout the decades.

A family business turned into a global fashion and lifestyle brand. Sharing with the worldthe Italian ideal of elegance, the sense of color, the freedom via modern design, thehighest quality in leather and the highest standards of quality control.

The original store opened by the founder, Aldo Furlanetto, in Bologna, is still operatingtoday in via Ugo Bassi: same address, bearing witness to the history of a company thatgrew from one single store (1955) to 400+ dedicated stores today (half of which aredirectly controlled by the company).

Furla’s history is made of vision, family bonds, and imagination: Aldo Furlanettowas a staunch believer in the possibility for success of a company deeply committed toexcellence – in accessories, in fashion – for its customers. A company whose namewould become a  synonym for quality and reliability. For this reason, Mr Furlanettoused to travel all over Italy, all over Europe, looking for the best leather and the mostbeautiful objects of his time.Furla 90th Anniversary (2)In the 1970s then, when his sons Paolo and Carlo and daughter Giovanna tookover the family business, a new era began for the company, the era of exponentialgrowth.Furla 90th Anniversary (4)A revolution that transformed Furla in what it still is today, looking forward to what it willbecome in the future.Furla 90th Anniversary (3)The first collection of bags became an overnight success thanks to the precision of itsdesign and the vision of a new customer, a contemporary woman looking for new, cutting-edge materials. The world – and fashion – had evolved:   therefore Furla created, fromday one, since the 1970s, classic Italian leather, handmade by artisans, but also newmaterials such as nylon and rubber due to the company’s commitment to research anddevelopment of new technologies, new possibilities.

Giovanna Furlanetto and her brothers’ strategy was clear: an Italian network of storesowned by the company linked to a network of franchises – a revolutionary strategy backthen, especially for Italy – to guarantee the family’s strict control on the retail structure.

The 1980’s were the years of the expansion abroad, beyond Italy’s borders. The birth –beginning with Paris and New York; the Tokyo store opened in 1990 – of a distributionnetwork that covered 64 countries; they’re now (2016) 100. The same strategy broughtFurla products to the major global department stores and the elite shopping districtsworldwide – from New York’s Fifth Avenue to Ginza, Tokyo.

In the new Millennium, Furla turned into a Lifestyle Brand: men’s collections, shoes,jewelry, and licensing  for  eyewear,  watches  and  textiles  collections,  collaborating with  leading  brands  –  to guarantee  customers  a  full  Lifestyle  experience.  The implementation  of  a  new  management organization has been innovative: a familybusiness with strong management hired to better steer the company into the future.Furla 90th Anniversary (5)Furla’s priority has always been the product’s quality: a vision of fashion as freedom,based on the attention to the most minute details, typical of Italian artisanal tradition. The result? Two million bags sold in the year 2015. One every sixteen seconds. Morethan 517,000 Metropolis bags sold since 2014.  Numbers that, by themselves, impressive as they are,cannot fully explain Furla’s success. The credit goes to the collections of bags andaccessories in luxurious leathers but also in cutting-edge materials, the attention to Italianstyle, to innovation, R&D and technology, a logo that immediately became recognizableand sought after. And credit is also due to a close – and very Italian – relationshipbetween fashion and culture. The creation of Fondazione Furla for artistic projects represented an additional steptowards Giovanna Furlanetto’s vision for an ever clearer definition of Furla’s values and its global reach.From 2000 to 2015 the company supported “Premio Furla per l’Arte”, an art prize for emerging artists whose submissions  have  been  judged  by  luminaries  such  as  Joseph  Kosuth,  Ilya  Kabakov,  Lothar Baumgarten, Michelangelo Pistoletto, KikiSmith, Mona Hatoum, Marina Abramovic, Christian Boltanski, Jimmie Durham and Vanessa Beecroft.

Numbers tell the story of an exponential growth (revenues more than doubled since 2010) and global reach but they’re not enough: Furla’s culture – and its two-faced soul – thrives via a strong, typically Italian paradigm – the familybusiness – and an equally decisive vocation to global expansion and commerce.

The company’s heart beats inside an Eighteenth Century villa in downtown Bologna, in the Milan headquarters only a few steps from the Duomo, and regional headquarters fully operative in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo.Furla 90th Anniversary (6)90 years of authenticity, in numbers and spirit: a story told in images by the great photographers for Furla’s campaigns: to illustrate Furla’s world, define its heritage, and dream its future.

Furla 90th Anniversary (1)A handbag as a portable time machine, traveling across nine decades: Furla’s company history, from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the dawn of the new millennium. Ninety years of history reflected in a handbag and reflected in the flaps that can be replaced one by one, with gusto, playfully, as in a game. As in a portable time machine.

A bag, the FURLA Metropolis, available in five possible colors: Petal, Magnolia, Gold, Ruby and Onyx. Nine different fl aps – available in the stores from May – to narrate the story of a brand that began its journey in 1927 and since then hastraveled, in women’s hands, across these ninety years. Keeping them company on their journey of freedom and independence across time and space. A game: replacing the handbag’s flaps, going forward or backwards through the decades.Different colors for a differen t age, and different music. A journey that begins by simply pushing the “Play” button – or lowering the record player’s needle.

Furla 90th Anniversary (1)Furla’s journey begins in the Roaring Twenties: the age of Charleston, as romantic as “The Great Gatsby” by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the wild parties he gave in the French Riviera together with his wife Zelda. The Twenties of JosephineBaker and Art Déco – the age that gave birth to what we now consider modernity, the decade that consigned the Nineteenth Century to history. The flap has a velvet base, and the stud carries the number “20” galvanized in light gold, theflap in soft nappa leather.

The journey continues in the Thirties: the Jazz Age, the decade of glamour, of Marlene Dietrich’s mysterious voice and magnetic

eyes. The flap is made of tortoiseshell PVC with ivory colored mink fur, the inscription “30” laser-etched in white on the black tab.

Here are the Forties: the crazed rhythm of Swing, the frenzied joy of music and dance, new songs to celebrate the newfound pe ace. The flap of the Forties handbag is printed with a petal and ruby check, the number “40” printed on leatherruffles and a bow, evocative of that decade’s pin-up girls.

Then the Fifties: the age of rock’n’roll, Elvis and the “greaser” gangs, color exploding into being for the post-WWII decade illuminated by the omnipresent jukebox lights. The flap is pink, turquoise and onyx with embossed colored parts,the number “50” in light gold, the tab iridescent.

The Sixties are the decade of psychedelia and the Beatles, and the cool dry linear elegance of the Mods. The flap is like a turntable resting on a desaturated Union Jack flag, gray black and white instead of the traditional red white and blue.Onyx black on the printed base, a long stud in place of the volume knob, the number “1960” smack in the center, where a vinyl LP’s label would be.

A turntable: the coming of the Seventies and the disco revolution: nights at Studio 54, the decade of glitter and the absolute

freedom of a new underground culture that takes over the world. Glitter fabric, the flat sails and mirrors of Disco Ball hang ing from

the nightclubs’ ceilings, reflecting the light of a future that seemed stranger and more exciting than science fiction.

The Eighties: long live Punk, and New Wave. Fashion as provocation: brooches pinned to Queen Elizabeth’s nose – the epitome of that revolutionary stance. Therefore these are the years, for Furla’s journey, of the heart-shaped flap fastenedwith safety pins, studs and a denim tongue: and a bold, unabashed “Furla 80” printed on the flap.

For the Nineties we travel across the ocean from Great Britain and find ourselves back to the United States: the Age of Hip-Hop, the age of rappers, “gangsta” style and “bling-bling”, the luxury of excess. The Nineties flap is made ofsuede, with an onyx and orange rubberized thermo-adhesive strip, the white stitching like the one over the jersey of a Football team, the number “90” big, smack in the middle of the flap, embroidered with printed, convex leather.

Furla’s time travel, the journey through nine decades of the Metropolis handbag ends in the 2000s, the “Aughts”: the decade of technology, the dawn of the new Millennium. The silver laminate lined with a folding plate, just like a robot’s;the screw-shaped rivets, the shimmering rhinestones: a world expanded and flattened and interconnected by technology, our digital present so unthinkable back in the Twenties when the Furla journey began. A journey across time andspace, all around the world and thro ugh the new century of a new millennium.

Oliviers & Co. Menu at Va Bene Pasta Deli

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The world’s best olive oil brand brings excitement to the foodie community as it collaborates with Manila’s top artisan Italian restaurant, Va Bene. Oliviers & CO (9)This partnership features Olivier&Co.’s products to highlight different unique flavors of every dish personally curated for a special menu by Va Bene’s Executive Chef and owner, Massimo Veronesi.Oliver's and CO (1)“I like the quality of Oliviers&Co.’s olive oils as well as their other specialty products. I tested their products a few years back and I was very impressed about the quality and how many different flavors they have,” shared Chef Massimo.

Va Bene Pasta Deli offers a plethora of culinary delights that can satiate everyone’s taste and palate. Their decadent menu features the true taste of quality Italian food. They have fresh pastas like fettuccine, tagliolini, papardelle which they offer in different flavors, different pasta sauces which they prepare a la minute, and a whole lot more of Italian goodness. Each dish is prepared in a way that’ll transport every diner straight to the lovely streets of Italy under the Tuscan Sun.

For this collaboration, Chef Massimo created a menu where O&Co. products not only complement the dish, but as a main ingredient to give a delicious twist for that irresistible burst of flavor. “The use of premium extra virgin oil balances and complements the taste. For each dish, I chose the oil with the right characteristics to give it an unexpected, delectable flavor,” said Chef Massimo.Oliviers & CO (8)

There’s the Tuna Carpaccio (Tuna carpaccio with straciatella cheese, celery, dill, and capers, finished with O&Co. Lemon Specialty Olive Oil),Oliver's and CO (9) which is the perfect appetizer to prepare your taste buds for the bold flavors to come. Follow it with a plate of traditional Italian pasta dish, the Aglio E Olio (Homemade Linguine pasta with sautéed “aglio e olio” clams, and zucchini, finished with O&Co.Oliver's and CO (7)Lemon Specialty Olive Oil). It’s simple but is astonishingly full-flavored. Also try the Tomato Risotto (Carnaroli risotto cooked with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, buffalo straciatella cheese, and finished with O&Co. 2017 Affiorato Oil).Oliver's and CO (8) It has a creamy texture with your favorite Mediterranean ingredients.

For a taste of summer, try Va Bene’s Summer Panna Cotta (Refreshing vanilla orange pannacottta topped with O&Co. Blueberry Balsamic Condiment).Oliver's and CO (6) The combination of tart and sweet flavors make it a refreshing dessert. They also have the Olive Oil Ice Creamwhich is vanilla ice cream made even more delectable with a drizzle of O&Co. 2017 Affiorato Oil, andtopped with honey and chopped almonds and lemon zest. For a sweet and fruity flavor, finish your meal with the Strawberry & Fig (Vanilla Ice Cream on a bed of sliced fresh strawberries, drizzled with O&Co. Fig Condiment).Oliver's and CO (4)The special menu will be available for a limited time only starting on June 15 and is exclusively available at Va Bene Pasta Deli in Central Square.Oliver's and CO (3)Come visit the O & Co store in the same mallOliver's and CO (2)Oliviers & CO (7)Oliviers & CO (6)Oliviers & CO (5)Oliviers & CO (2) Bestselling spread :-)  Oliviers & CO (1) Truffle Chocolates!!Oliviers & CO (13) They have a new truffle line Oliviers & CO (4)and this is my favorite!Oliviers & CO (3)In the Philippines Oliviers&Co. (O&Co.) is exclusively distributed by Specialty Food Retailers, Inc. (SFRI), a member of the SSI Group, Inc. O&CO boutique is located in Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, and Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center.

Joe Fresh Spring Summer 2017 Collection

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From the fragrant flower fields of Grasse to the birthplace of denim in Nimes, the relaxed spirit of the French countryside imbues the Spring collection with an easy sense of style. Dresses, blouses and scarves are the fluid canvas for painterly floral prints, signaling the bloom of springtime romance. The mood is heightened by flourishes of feminine ruffles and soft flounces on shoulder-baring silhouettes. The heritage of Nimes is seen in denim capsules including a cropped jean fit, updated shirtdresses and Tencel tops that make casual dressing soft and stylish. Wear-to-work essentials are part of the everyday mix in pencil skirts, tailored pants and office-friendly dresses.

Joe Fresh (3) Joe Fresh (2)Come weekends, a return to the countryside of Alsace inspires a fresh take on multi-hued Madras and elegant stripe motifs, adding graphic appeal to the season’s colour stories. With its modern mix of soft silhouettes, bold pattern and delicate details, the Spring season channels poetic French style at its best. 



Inspired by the spirit of France, a cool joie de vivre imbues Summer 2017with bold colour, playful pattern and inspired detail. Vibrant market stripes and painterly tropical prints bring the warmth of the Mediterranean coastline alive in linen, lace-up shirts and lightweight jersey. The season starts with a nod to the port of Marseilles, where bandana prints, tiered sundresses and contrast embroidery elements are the essence of effortless style.

Joe Fresh (1) Joe Fresh (4)Our journey continues to the surfside resort of Biarritz and a story told in cabana stripes and warm weather essentials, from roll-up shorts to lightweight cardigans. Throughout the season, understated details like crinkle pleats, open- stitch knits and hints of shimmer bring a simple elegance to fabrics, helping make every summer day a stylish escape from ordinary.

*Joe Fresh Summer Collection will be available in stores starting second week of May 2017.

5th Philippine Harvest at Central Square

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Rolling out on its 5th leg, Philippine Harvest at Central Square will once again bring local farm produce straight to your tables this June 16 to 18, 2017 at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central in Taguig.

Philippine Harvest 5th central square 2017

Over (40) forty exhibitors will accessibly bring to the Metro the richness and diversity of our country’s organic, artisanal, natural, and indigenous agricultural products.5th Philippine Harvest at Central Square (1)Agripreneurs will get that chance to share their stories behind their products to consumers and potential investors. With this, people will discover more of the country’s rich agricultural produce which include organic meat and vegetables, local chocolates and coffee, dried fish, and fresh local fruits.5th Philippine Harvest at Central Square (2)According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, the conduct of agri-trade fairs and expositions like this “exemplifies commitment of support of the Department of Agriculture to Filipino agricultural entrepreneurs so they will continue to produce world class products that make use of the abundance of the country’s natural resources.”

The 5TH PHILIPPINE HARVEST is organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with SSI Group Inc. and Central Square. Theagri-food fair will be located at the lower ground and upper ground floors of Central Square starting June 16-18, 2017 and will be open to public during mall hours.


Address:             5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC, Taguig

Mall Hours:         11am-10pm, Sunday – Thursday

                          11am-11pm, Friday – Saturday

Trunkline:           9585660

Find us online:     Instagram @centralsquareph |


Address:           2nd Floor, DA-ANNEX Bldg. Elliptical Road, Diliman Quezon City

Telephone:        02-9277416

Rustan’s on Longchamp Penelope 2017

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LONGCHAMP presents the latest version of the PÉNÉLOPE tote, both casual and luxurious.

With its trapezoid shape, raw edging and topstitched handles, the PÉNÉLOPE line features models of rare elegance that fuse the hottest sporty-chic designs with LONGCHAMP’s time-honoured leather craftsmanship. And for a touch of feminine charm, the timeless tote features sophisticated details, contrasted leather in the dual-material version and some darling tassels.Longchamp (2)This Spring ushers in a new “bucket” shape to top off the collection with refined style and perfect form. A dreamy bag that comes in understated original seasonal colors, just like all the accessories that also make great gifts, from clutches and jewellery to keyrings and silk scarves.Longchamp (3)There’s a PÉNÉLOPE to match every whim and mood. Daydreamers will fall for graceful Celadon, whereas loungers will love the Misty version. But those pleasure-seekers will surely be whisked away by the Burnt red shade.Longchamp (1)LONGCHAMP wanted to charm women with colorful gift ideas from the PÉNÉLOPE line to brighten their day!

Discover the Longchamp PÉNÉLOPE line at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu and Greenbelt 5.

Tommy Hilfiger Pop Up Event in Central Square

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Tommy Hilfiger announces that the Spring 2017 womenswear collection was celebrated during a pop-up event in Central Square at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, the Philippines.Tommy Hilfiger Pop Up Event in Central Square (2)

The pop-up event was attended by SSI Group Inc. President, Anthony Huang, together with his daughter, Nikki Huang, model and singer-songwriter, Jessica Yang, as well as lifestyle and fashion blogger, Nicole Andersson.

Tommy Hilfiger Pop Up Event in Central Square (1)Illustrator Pete Rich sketched portraits of customers purchasing items from the collection and DJ Toby Panlilio provided music.Tommy Hilfiger Pop Up Event in Central Square (4) Tommy Hilfiger Pop Up Event in Central Square (3)In the Philippines, Tommy Hilfiger is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Kiss & Fly – NAIA Terminal 3, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La & Rustan’s Cebu (Childrenswear only) and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Pottery Barn launches its Designer’s Circle Rewards Program

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Infuse your personal touch and style to create a truly warm and welcoming ambience. Transform any space into a beautiful setting or a house into a home with fine furnishings from Pottery Barn, the premier destination for home and décor.

(Top Row L-R) Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase

(Middle Row L-R) Carlo Calma, Dominic Galicia, Emmanuel Miñana, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Anna Angara, sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, Eric Paras, Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, Dan Lichauco, and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan

(Bottom Row L-R) Susan Joven, Nina Huang, Jason Buensalido, Joey Yupangco, and Chito Antonio

Through this members-only initiative, Pottery Barn aims to help designers bring to life their style visions through special rewards, promos and discounts, and access to exclusive products reviews and events.

1“Pottery Barn has an uncompromising devotion to quality, and this is seen and felt in all of its collections and family brands such as West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids. With its extensive selection of home furnishings – from décor to furniture and more, Pottery Barn helps interior designers meet the demands of their discerning clientele. With Pottery Barn, you are assured of quality pieces that exude warmth and a timeless appeal,” says Anthony Huang, President of SSI Group, Inc.

Nina Huang and husband, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang2From the living room to dining room, bedroom and bath, Pottery Barn adds that perfect touch to create a comforting, yet contemporary feel in your home. With its wide palette of soft textures and versatile fabrics, Pottery Barn offers its customers timeless collections of unparalleled quality, style and value.

Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Joey Yupangco, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang, Jason Buensalido, Nina Huang

3Sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Nina Huang, and Susan Joven4Dan Lichauco and President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang5President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang and Chito Antonio6Carlo Calma, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan7Cynthia Almario, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Ivy Almario, Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan8 Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Joey Yupangco9Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez and Anna Angara 10Nina Huang and Joey Yupangco11Merchandise Manager of West Elm Clarissa Reyes and Carlo Calma12Joey Yupangco and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan 13Chito Antonio, Joey Yupangco, and Jason Buensalido 14Maritess and Wilfrid Magcase, Jason Buensalido, Dominic Galicia15Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan, Eric Paras, Chito Antonio, and Dominic Galicia16Jason Buensalido and Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran 17Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan with sister Cynthia and Ivy Almario18Home Stylist of West Elm Isaiah See and Cynthia Almario 19Chito Antonio and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan 20Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, Merchandise Manager of Pottery Kids Donn Yambao, and Merchandise Manager of Pottery Barn Katrina Villongco-Albar 21Ivy Almario, Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Cynthia Almario, and Emmanual Miñana 22Now, designers can have their pick of elegant pieces that blend seamlessly with any style. From the classic to the contemporary, from rustic to industrial chic, exclusive collaborations, handcrafted collections and one-of-a-kind, multi-function pieces offer an assortment of relaxed versatility. Be inspired to decorate your spaces and make every room your obra maestro.

At Pottery Barn, find everything you’ll need to make your style visions come to life.

In the Philippines, Pottery Barn is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and Estancia at Capitol Commons. Visit or follow @potterybarnPH and @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.