November 3 Wednesday Night – 10pm, SM Makati
The mall floor is clearing of the usual metro day hustle with people trying to catch their last commute on the train or passing through the SM Mall towards the jeep and bus station. While the end of the work day signifies rest and relaxation for most, a throng of smartly dressed people were congregating to the wild urban jungle beats inside SM Makati’s H&M branch – like animals to a watering hole.
As it turns outs, that’s exactly what H&M wanted as they launch and celebrate the much awaited collection from the Kenzo X H&M collaboration.
It’s a Kenzo x H&M Jungle during the VIP / Media preview party.
This capsule collection is the latest in the long tradition of fast-fashion retailer, H&M and their fashion house of choice for the year. This is also the 3rd year I’m exposed to the collab collections and I must say, 3rd times’ the charm.
As with the past collabs the rules of engagement are very similar. You go in, grouped in batches of 20s and you all have 10 minutes to shop the collab floor. For this year, you’re only allowed a maximum of 1 piece of a particular item during your turn. Meaning if you want to buy more than one sunglasses, you’ll need to ask a friend who’s also there with you to carry the said sunglasses and forfeiting his chance of buying one for himself. It makes everything fair and prevents people from hoarding a particular item set.
Celebrities, Personalities and Executives in full Kenzo x H&M garb
Unlike the Balmaination collaboration (Balmain x H&M) last year, the VIP private sale happened the night before the actual public launch of capsule collection. Models, celebrities and fashion personalities flocked the Makati branch and tried to get a piece from this superbly colorful and zany collection.
While waiting for their batch to be called, dancers and personalities in full Kenzo X H&M gear entertained guests. Never-ending canapés and drinks were going around and the DJ was mixing some sick retro dance sets.
Dancers entertain the crowd with their zany moves alongside 90’s dance tracks
Guest and VIP wait for their chance to shop the collection before everyone else.
We got in a bit late (event started at 9PM) so we got pushed to one of the latter batches (Batch 10 or 11, I believe) and we were only able to get a couple of accessories like socks, and the men’s animal print scarf (well, not sure if it files under menswear).
Hey menswear, where you hiding at?
Pretty much what we ended up with. Still, look at them purrty socks (and a really big cap in the background).
This only meant one thing, *groan*, we had to line up again immediately to be able to get into one of the earlier batches during public launch day. No going home for me then, okay, fight!
November 4 Thursday Morning – 5:00am, SM Makati
With barely an hour of sleep, me and my friends pulled ourselves to go to SM Makati to line up. Unlike the past 2 years, the H&M branch at SM Makati is now a venue for the collection (previously you can only shop the collab collection at H&M SM Megamall).
We’re not sure if people were aware of this because when we lined up at 5 in the morning (very late for our standards) we miraculously got in the first batch of shoppers! I believe we were the 10th person in line. Woo-hoo!
At 9am there were hardly 20 people in line! I guess everyone flocked to SM Megamall that day. :D
We also got some free candies while in line c/o Made in Candy
Previously they start letting people shop at 8am, this time around the “timed shopping” started during mall opening hours.
Even until 9am when we were finally let in SM Makati premises, the line didn’t build up as much as we thought it would compared to Balmain x H&M or the super crazy lines of Alex Wang x H&M collab last 2014. The best thing about not having a huge line after us is, if and when people on the first batch decided that they wanted more time and opportunity to shop, they can simply line up and do it all over again (which a lot of people did, fyi).
Outside the store proper
Store windows are decorated with the Kenzo x H&M prints
Host was rousing people up. Trust me, she didn’t have to. Everyone was pumped and ready for some shopping action!
DJ was dropping some sick beats during the entire morning
The collab section is now twice the size of what it was during the VIP area and we’re now shown the full collection here.
Floor area doubled. Women’s wear shown here.
Accessories all on the table – bags, boots, sandals, socks, scarves, sunglasses and jewelry trinkets.
More amazing printed clothes on these racks
Moving towards the menswear. T-shirts were one of the first ones to go.
10 minutes and a few edits later, we were left with this. Tadaaa~
(Also, ladies and gentlemen, I’m officially broke. :p)
A close look at our haul. A couple of shirts, a cap, scarf, socks, and them ipad pouch bags
Forgot to mention the sunglasses and the neoprene Jacket/ Hoodie as well. Print on Print on Print!
Suffice to say, the Kenzo x H&M collab shopping experience ran much smoother this time around. With stocks also offered in H&M Makati, lines were easily managed and everyone (mostly) got what they wanted. Kudos to the H&M Philippine team for organizing such a smooth event, we heard things were quite more intense elsewhere. Source 1 2
In fact when we checked H&M SM Megamall last Sunday there were still a lot of wares left. Majority are for women but I was surprised to see quite a bit of menswear still on the rack.
There were a lot of women’s clothes left last weekend. Better check in fast.
The Kimono jackets still have all the sizes last Sunday. If you want to own one particular piece of iconic item, you may want to consider that. That screams high fashion! 😉
The store still had caps with varying sizes as well
Caps and accessories are still in abundance
There were about 4 large totes still up for grabs. Even though the design mimics that of a the Kenzo paper shopping bag, this is actually a really well crafted full leather tote bag with amazing detailings. Retails for Php 10,990, I believe — but it’s huge.
If you want something a liiittle bit more quirky, these pink tiger-striped boots might tickle your fancy.
Or you could switch it up with this all red ensemble– sandals, long socks, sleeves, beanie and earrings.
At the end of the day, if you haven’t had the chance to check out these one-of-a-kind collection, you kinda owe it to yourself to visit either H&M SM Megamall or H&M SM Makati before they pull everything out.
We saw a reversible jacket tucked behind the leather jacket racks at SM Megamall. Last check was size M. ;)
Wear a plain long coat over the green onesie to diffuse the predominantly green look.
C’mon, unleash your wild side. Welcome to the Kenzo x H&M urban jungle.
If you’ve been following sneaker stories around the web, you’ve probably heard of the famed collaboration of American footwear apparel, Cole Haan and Japanese punk & streetwear fashion house, Mastermind. You probably also learned that this collab is only available in Japan.
Welp, guess what? We’re having them right here! Cole Haan X Mastermind drops in Cole Haan Shangri-La & Cole Haan Power Plant Mall today, May 21, 2016, but in extremely limited quantities (so if you’ve been wanting this in your collection you better rush to Cole Haan Shangri-La after reading this article :p).
There are two styles to choose from: the Cole Haan x Mastermind Japan ZERØGRAND Wing Oxford and Cole Haan x Mastermind Japan ZERØGRAND Chukka.
Both styles feature Cole Haan’s innovative ZERØGRAND technology (which we thoroughly loved here at Unpacked) —the astonishingly lightweight, adaptively flexible and responsively cushioned sole technology. Mastermind Japan’s iconic skull logo and monochrome black palette have been smartly integrated throughout Cole Haan’s pinnacle ZERØGRAND silhouettes, which has resulted in a high-impact collection that synergistically marries the styles of both global brands.
It’s interesting to see exclusive collaborations like these hit local Cole Haan shops! With recent successful events like their Last Lunar Day Sale and previous Black Friday Sales, as it seems that the local Cole Haan community is growing so much so that we’re now getting exclusive releases that was originally meant for just a specific market. I don’t think US is getting this any time soon, so that’s saying something about how Cole Haan Philippines is paving the way of making the Philippines a priority market for Cole Haan New York! Wewe!
With this, we’d like to congratulate Cole Haan Philippines for doing an amazing job at growing the market and here’s hoping that we get more exclusive releases and exciting deals here in the country.
For more information about the collection and all things Cole Haan Philippines, head over to their Facebook page and give the guys some love! 😉
End of an Era is upon us, folks! LunarGrands, the awesome shoe line that pushed American-owned company Cole Haan to its height is about to be discontinued. Nike, the mighty sports apparel company, sold Cole Haan to Apax Partners Worldwide last 2012 — the same year when they launched the revolutionary LunarGrands for Cole Haan. Even after selling the brand off, Nike allowed Cole Haan access to its proprietary tech (Lunarlon and Air sole technology) to ensure that the brand doesn’t suffer. Hence Cole Haan has been churning LunarGrands even after the turn over. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
On May 14 LunarGrands will bid its farewell to Cole Haan’s shelves (at least here in the Philippines). With this, Cole Haan Philippines is having a going-away SALE with ALL Lunargrand styles slashing off 50% from its retail price!
Having had 3 LunarGrands already, I can say that the shoes are definitely worth it. It’s the kind of oxfords that you can wear to more casual events and can blend in on much formal ones too. I’ve worn my LunarGrands on a couple of wedding occasions, formal launch and then wear the same shoe with shorts. Light, comfy, classy and definitely sturdy, the LunarGrands stand out from the usual rubber sneakers out in the market
To know more about the LunarGrands, you can check our initial article from Unbox.ph here.
LunarGrands retail for about Php15,000.00 here so at 50% off, it’s actually a pretty good deal! We’re thinking things may go a bit crazy like their Black Friday Sales so it might be best if you drop by a day before, scout the store for the shoe that you want (so you can budget your spending as well), check the sizes available and drop by on Sale day very VERY early.
Let’s go shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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