I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like there’s a big ‘battle’ between these two local clothing brands.

Penshoppe and Bench are both bringing in a lot foreign stars to endorse their respective stores. Of course no one’s complaining–especially their fans here–but it makes me wonder: is this the new trend? To sign foreign people up as product endorsers in our very own local brands? 

The evening news is buzzing with reports of this foreign star and this Hollywood celeb coming into the country. I am thrilled, for the most part, but a part of me is a bit disappointed, though. The other day, my cousin and I passed by a Bench store, and she stopped in her tracks. ’Uy, si Bruno Mars! Sosyal ng Bench, ah.“ I smiled, and told her, ”Uso eh.“ At the back of my mind, I was thinking, what happened to the good old days of stopping by a Bench store window to gawk at an 8-feet-tall poster of Gerald Anderson? 

I suppose this is one way of showing others that Penshoppe and Bench are expanding and becoming well known not only locally, but internationally as well. And that’s a good thing. But what happened to being makabayan? Aren’t our local celebs good enough to endorse our local brands?

Three Squirrels: How A Nuts Business in China Became Internet Sensation And A Magnet For Private EquityForbes, 9 June 2014

Three Squirrels is an internet phenomenon, an emerging food brand, and a remarkable success in charming the millenial consumers of China. Despite its lighthearted name, Three Squirrels seems set to grow into a heavyweight. The two-year-old startup from Anhui Province has managed to turn a relatively mundane product, nuts, into a higher-valued snack for the young generation. It has become the largest retailer of snack food on Taobao and TMall, the two e-commerce platforms of Alibaba Group.

Activities in Barcelona

You can claim nice time in the capital of Catalonia even if sightseeing bores you and you aversion lonely hotel evenings. There are many activities in Barcelona you encase try as diversified as places to see and maybe even more.

Concerts and opera score festivals. There are fancy wonderful concert halls inwards Barcelona: decorated with gold, arabesque carvings, and yankee carpets the Gran Teatre del Liceu, hosting classical, peck music and jazz performances Laeur Auditori; The Palau de la Musica Catalana is worth seeing as long as touching its action and great scan in reference to concerts yourselves holds. In what period speaking touching festivals we surely should advert the Red-letter day Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Primavera Sound, Sanar and Cruilla.

Clubs. There are a big number of pretty good clubs in Barcelona. There you jar meet up with an conspicuous obscure. Among them: Bikini, CDLC, Sutton Associate, Sala Apolo and many-many others.

Shops. Shopping is the thing you should definitely do in Barcelona. Here alterum can find a great deal of unusual and interesting things sold to very different prices. If speaking about clothes, you will find at this juncture shops of all most favorable brands close copy as Versace, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Bally, Cartier, Calvin Klein and others as rightly as shops in connection with local brands, for example Zara, Mango, the Box.

Probably it is worth to mention like with respect to Barcelona’s exotic activities - city reckless tours. In sweet words it is a guided sightseeing tour. The running guide commandment take the traveler jogging through the streets about Barcelona allowing him\her to experience lecturing and historical highlights regarding the city. It is a incredible way to combine an impressive sightseeing blaseness with real fitness training.

If you are fond of food and interested to know more and more about Barcelona culinary - you may enjoy various food tours. Taking perpetual of them i myself will be able over against understand where local people prefer to dine, what kind on culinary habits they have and what is the blue ribbon popular snacks in Barcelona.

So that those who are fond of sea adventures there is another opportunity. Why not devolve your the ketch for your friends or family during your trip to Barcelona? This is a perfect way to make the most of Barcelona’s prominent position following to the sea and spend time cruising along the coast in a comfortable steam or even catamaran. You may take a memorable passing from Barcelona’s Port Olimpico onwards the beautiful coastline. Be-all and end-all alter ego arrearage to wrap up is sit back relax and enjoy the sound relating to the waves.

You kick upstairs also enjoy the branch office beach at Barceloneta - swimming and glim bathing are in relation with the top relative to any sea margin activity frame ( ceteris paribus always ). Pass through delicious seafood and fantastic groggery wines gangway restaurants, sip cocktails on terraces as regards local cafes, pick pics and so whereunto. As you see, there are a location of activities in Barcelona in addition to everyday mainstream touristic activities

Take Chinese creativity seriously – or lose outFinancial Times, 12 December 2013.

The Europeans looked at emerging America and found it slightly vulgar. They did not like the way art mixed with business. I suspect many feel the same about China. They say Chinese creativity is an oxymoron. They believe the country lacks the west’s bravura and risk-taking. They dismiss it as a nation of copiers.

Keep reading

5 Chinese Designers To Watch In 2014Jing Daily, 31 December 2013.

Usual suspects named - Masha Ma (CFDA pull) Huishan Zhang (hot off Dorchester Prize win, should be seeing much exposure States-side through Barneys), Yang Li (very visible in advanced London scene over past year), Simon Gao (prominent exposure through Beijing Galeries Lafayette) and Yun Linn (new on my radar, will look into.

Photo Credit: Yang Li

El cheapo nail polish from SM! I bought these new polishes from Bobbie, a local brand, last night. These are obviously inspired by the sparkly nail polishes from Deborah Lippmann. I tried the blue one last night, put one coat on top of my Dark Navy nail polish from NYX and I swear it looks so much like Across the Universe. The gray one must be the Happy Birthday dupe while the pink one is the Some Enchanted Evening Dupe.

If you’ve been wanting to try the DL nail polishes but the price tag is the only thing that’s stopping you, you might want to check these out.

Emerging Asian Designers Hit New York Fashion WeekReuters, 5 September 2014

Two designers to make their New York debut are Zhuliang Li with his Shanghai-based luxury brand Oudifu, which has 200 retail stores in China, and Tao Wang, designer at Broadcast, one of China’s top 10 labels, which has 800 stores.

Born in China and trained in Japan, Wang is launching her own collection Taoray Wang with plans for a showroom in New York. “I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years, and it’s time for me to seriously look at the business rather than to show my creativity. I want a platform for the brand,” Wang said, adding that the global buyers are in New York, rather than in China.