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Sold Out: Off-White Merch Flew Off the Shelves on Its First Day

The Manila boutique opened its doors to VIPs yesterday.
Sold Out: Off-White Merch Flew Off the Shelves on Its First Day
IMAGE Isha Vallés
The Manila boutique opened its doors to VIPs yesterday.

A strict guest list and crowd-controlled access to the store (they only allowed a handful inside at a time) was last night’s situation at 8 Rockwell for the VIP preview of the Off-White boutique in Manila. Those hoping to snag a Manila Exclusive tee or a pair of Off-White for Nike Air Jordan 1 “UNC” sneaks were sadly disappointed. Those had sold out before the cocktails started at 6 p.m.

What we did find on display on mint-colored hangers was the brand’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection: the puffy “BOMBER” jacket, Checked Longuette skirt, black faux fur jacket, and a good selection of tees and hoodies. Apart from the Off-White for Nike Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit sneakers, heels from the Off-White for Jimmy Choo collection mingled on pink shelves with camera bags and a top-handle tote.

The design of the 87 square meter mono brand store references two paintings of Italian artist and writer Giorgio de Chirico: "Presente e passato" (1936) and "Piazza d’Italia con statua" (1937). The modern looking space is filled with classic elements juxtaposed industrial features (arches over shelves paired with brushed stainless steel racks, white marble counter tops alongside a white brick wall).

IMAGE Courtesy of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.

FROM LEFT: Giorgio de Chirico's "Piazza d’Italia con statua" (1937) and "Presente e passato" (1936) 

It’s a theme that’s visible in various Off-White stores from across the globe: counters with copper tubing and cartons as the base seen in London and Shanghai, the revolving signage seen in Seoul and Tianjin, and the mint hangers and grid metal furniture that’s a staple in nearly every shop. What does give the Manila boutique distinction is how the copper plays off the pale pink shelves when you first enter the space, how the blue tinge of plastic water bottles reflects the pop of blue on another set of shelves, or how the sunlight fills the room thanks to its large storefront windows.

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If you find that what you were hoping to get your hands on is no longer available, there’s a silver lining. Jappy Gonzalez, managing director of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc., the company responsible for bringing the Italian luxury streetwear label to Manila, assured us that fresh drops would be coming as soon as the end of August, and a Manila Capsule collection coming at the end of the year. Press officer Kolleen Feria also divulged that we could expect more pieces from the brands collaboration with Nike to come in August and September.

Doors will officially open to the public at 2 p.m. on August 8. Be early. If day 1 was anything to go by, Filipino fans of the brand will already be waiting at the doors with you.

Below, see who we spotted at the VIP preview.

IMAGE Isha Vallés

Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati, and Raymond Gutierrez

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Heart Evangelista and Katrina Cruz

 

IMAGE Courtesy of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.

James Reid 

IMAGE Isha Vallés

Laureen Uy, Vince Uy, and Liz Uy

IMAGE Isha Vallés

Daryl Chang

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Jae Pickrell

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Andre Chang

IMAGE Courtesy of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.

BJ Pascual, Karen Bolilia, Tina Ong, and Shayna Cua

IMAGE Courtesy of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.

Curtismith

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Virgie Ramos and DJ Bigboy Cheng

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Vince Uy and Kitty and Carlo Bunag

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