Liz Uy is undoubtedly, as Vogue.com so eloquently describes her, a "rising star of international style." So what better person is there to give the world-famous publication an in-depth shopping tour of Manila? Answer: none. Liz gives Vogue a better look at our bustling tropical fashion scene, and we're here to break it down in detailed directory form so you can shop 'til you drop!
“The Rockwell neighborhood has upscale boutiques like Univers d’Homme et Femme, which is home to a stellar edit of international labels."
Univers is located at G/F, One Rockwell East Tower, Rockwell Center, Makati City
“Local fashion is well-represented in the area’s Power Plant Mall: There’s Cura V for accessories by talented Filipino designers like Joyce Makitalo and Natalya Lagdameo, Aranáz for polished and artisanal bags, and Harlan+Holden, which is great for minimal, everyday basics.”
PowerPlant Mall is located along 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
“Distinguished Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel’s flagship store and atelier is also a stone’s throw away from Rockwell and is a must-go for custom evening gowns.”
Rajo Laurel is located at 6013 J.D. Villena cor. Manalac Sts., Poblacion, Makati City
“Along Pasong Tamo in the Makati area, there’s the new complex called Karrivin, which houses boutiques with a more artsy and bohemian spin. Go to Aphro, a great place to buy products made by top local artists and artisans, for Rita Nazareno’s sculptural woven bags. Lanai for decor and Instagrammable interiors.”
The Alley at Karrivin is located at 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Ext., Makati City
“For accessories, Manila is one of the best places to buy jewelry. For red carpet–worthy pieces with a youthful sensibility, go with Janina for Jul Dizon."
Janina for Jul Dizon is located at The Mezzanine, Peninsula Manila Hotel, Makati City
"For an assembly of Manila’s finest accessories designers the boutiques AC+632 and Firma in Greenbelt, Makati, are best."
AC +632 is located in Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Firma is located in Greenbelt 3, Makati City.
"In a former American army base called The Fort, there is LCP, a hidden gem that stocks a global edit of up-and-coming designers. They source from places like Australia and Colombia and their selections are always deliciously feminine.”
LCP is located in 2F MDI Corporate Center, 10th Ave cor 39th St., BGC; Taguig
“Greenhills Shopping Center is insane; you can buy everything from pearls to orchids, local handicrafts to shoes and clothes. If shopping is your thing, please make sure to stop by and haggle for the best price. Also: Beware of fake items!”
Greenhills Shopping Center is located at Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City
“I like Carl Jan Cruz: His take on denim is unlike anything I have seen.”
Carl Jan Cruz can be contacted at www.carljancruz.com
“Vivien Ramsay’s luxe louche fashion, Joey Samson’s tailored pieces, and Rafe Totengco’s minaudières are also my constant faves.”
Vivien Ramsay can be found at Soumak, 101 Bormaheco, G/F Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City. Joey Samson is located at 455 Adalla Street, Palm Village, Makati City. Rafe Totengco can be contacted at www.rafe.com