Personal Style & Athletic Sensibilities


Age ultimately affects our preference in love, friendship—and accessories!

For instance, some years ago I preferred logo-plastered bags only because it was the trend here in Manila. But as you grow a little older, and hopefully a little wiser, you begin to ask yourself: ‘Who am I spending all my hard-earned money for?’ There’s no it bag—only the next bag or item you want to gift yourself with. As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashion fades but style is eternal.” So if there’s something you’re dying to purchase (say a kitschy printed grosgrain and leather shoulder bag from Versace) but is not necessarily a popular choice among your peers or is not on-trend, who cares? Buy it!

In my case, fashion has summoned the athlete in me and I’ve fallen in love with every aspect of the perennial sport-luxe trend. Well, only until much recently when I developed a taste for the designs of Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simkhai and Phillip Lim among others. And now, when it comes to bags, shoes and other accessories, I prefer clean lines, minimalist designs and unconventional shapes, skins and textures in black with streaks of white. It’s sporty in aesthetic but still elegant.

So here it is my objects of desire for the new season. Enjoy!

REED KRAKOFF: OVERSIZED TWO-TONE LEATHER GYM BAG II

Reed Krakoff’s black textured calf leather tote with white asymmetric stripe is a fresh take on the classic gym bag. Functional but ultra-stylish, it has a spacious interior and comes with a detachable shoulder strap. Wear it to work or use it to carry your essentials for a quick weekend getaway.

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Reed Krakoff Oversized Two-tone Leather Gym Bag II

3.1 PHILLIP LIM: LEATHER AND PVC 31 HOUR BAG

Phillip Lim’s leather and PVC 31 Hour bag never gets old for me. It has a fold over top that allows for easy stowing of your daily essentials and can be carried in different ways. Its functionality and urban-cool design make it suitable for everyday wear.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Leather and PVC 31Hour Gym Bag

JIMMY CHOO: PATENT-LEATHER VIPER PUMPS

There’s really something so sexy and cool about Jimmy Choo’s Viper pumps. The combination of black and white with a subtle hint of gold easily punctuates any outfit. And given its five-inch heels, this pair can even be worn for formal or grand affairs.

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Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Viper Pumps

STELLA MCCARTNEY: CROC-EFFECT FAUX LEATHER AND RUBBER

Outrun and definitely out-style your fashion competition in Stella McCartney’s black croc-effect faux leather and white rubber pumps! It marries an athletic edge with the ultra-feminine and can be worn to business meetings or while running errands—literally!

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Stella McCartney Croc-Effect Faux Leather and Rubber

ILLESTEVA: LEONARD ROUND-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES

Update your look with funky, graphic-print sunglasses from Illesteva. Whether you’re going for sport-luxe or a retro-cool ensemble, this pair will definitely complement your style du jour.

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Illesteva Leonard Round-Frame Acetate Glasses

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Other designers to check out are Saint Laurent and Marni. For sport-luxe or extreme minimalist with a retro modern feel, try Prada. Their new versions of the Saffiano leather tote as well as other S/S 13 offerings are quite impressive!




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