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Gucci celebrates Lunar New Year with a capsule collection
IN celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year and the arrival of Spring, Gucci presents a vibrant capsule collection full of playful and refined iterations of the rabbit — an animal representing intelligence, health, and longevity. Designed for the Year of the Rabbit, the collection sees a fanciful use of color, print, and embellishment across ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and timepieces. Diverse depictions of the rabbit appear across the lineup, woven into knitwear, on embroidered patches, or in a distinctive spray-paint-style version seen on T-shirts, leather loafers, and G-Timeless watches. Womenswear sees a selection of printed silk blouses and skirts, along with boldly geometric pieces in contrasting hues. The men’s selection has playful graphic patterns in sporty silhouettes. Shoes conjure the essence of the rabbit with ear-like bows adorning heels and fleece textures enriching loafers. Special renditions of the House’s signature handbags, from Gucci Diana totes with hand-painted stripes to Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bags, featuring precious leathers, tweeds, and studs, complete the capsule. The collection, launched on Dec. 27, is available in select Gucci stores around the world and showcased in dedicated window displays and Pop-Ups inspired by the spray-paint rabbit print from the collection.
Pasalubong shopping at Kultura helps the hungry
PASALUBONG — souvenir — shopping at Kultura at SM may include everything from handmade souvenirs, eco-friendly barong and fashionable Filipiniana to artisanal chocolates and local coffee. Plus, while shopping, one can help the hungry with every purchase at Kultura using one’s SMAC (SM Advantage Card). Globe and SMAC, the loyalty card of retail giant SM, announced that they teamed up to help put meals on the table of those in need through the Hapag Movement, Globe’s technology-driven program against involuntary hunger. Through the partnership, P50 is donated to the Hapag Movement and other SM Foundation programs for every purchase of a new SMAC card. On top of this, until Jan. 15, SMAC members who shop for select items at Kultura can earn up to 1,000 extra SMAC Points. Half of the extra points they earn will then be donated to Globe’s Hapag Movement which helps 100,000 families experiencing involuntary hunger through supplemental feeding and livelihood support. Globe initiated the program to help Filipinos severely affected by the pandemic. An estimated 15 million Filipinos suffer from involuntary hunger, according to the Social Weather Stations. More information about the Hapag Movement can be found on its official page, while shoppers may also visit smac.ph or download the SMAC app to learn more.
Artistry Skin Nutrition offers traceable, vegan skincare products
EFFECTIVENESS is no longer the only measure used when choosing what goes into a daily beauty regimen — clean beauty is also being considered. While there’s no official definition of clean beauty, it is generally considered that these products are free from harmful toxins like parabens and phthalates (known to interfere with hormone functions) that can be absorbed by the skin. Clean beauty is also that which helps divert toxic chemicals away from water sources like streams and rivers, helping reduce marine pollution that can threaten wildlife and ecosystems. One of the significant tenets of clean beauty philosophy would be traceability as transparency in business is one of the best ways to ensure that a beauty brand is delivering on its promise. Amway’s Artistry Skin Nutrition is the company’s clean, traceable, certified vegan skincare line. It is described in a statement as working “like supplements for the skin, thanks to its cutting-edge skin science and the infusion of powerful phytonutrient botanical ingredients like acerola cherry, pomegranate, and spinach from Amway’s Nutrilite, the only vitamin brand in the world to grow, harvest and process plants from their own organic farms which are maintained using sustainable, chemical-free methods with the careful guidance of Amway’s own agricultural experts and scientists.” The beauty brand can identify the manufacturing location, extraction location, all the way to the specific crop of the raw material for every final product that touches the user’s skin. Every Artistry Skin Nutrition formula is infused with White Chia Seed grown in certified-organic Nutrilite farms, the line’s star ingredient, which is a nutrient-dense, ancient grain superfood packed with omega-3, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to effectively achieve healthy-looking skin. The products are also formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and over 1,300 other iffy ingredients that customers may be concerned about. The brand also conducts clinical, consumer, safety, in-vitro and ex-vivo testing to support its safety and efficacy claims for its formulas. The formulas are free from animal-derived ingredients and are registered with The Vegan Society of the United Kingdom. Product cartons are produced from paper from sustainably managed forests practicing responsible forest management. These products are also produced in a 90% landfill-free facility. Plus 100% of the electricity required by Amway to manufacture Artistry products in the United States is offset by the company’s continuing investment in sustainable wind power. To learn more about Healthy Beauty and Artistry Skin Nutrition’s new approach to skincare, follow @OfficialAmwayPH on Facebook, @artistryph on Instagram, and the Amway website at www.amway.com.ph.
Gucci Valigeria opens in Paris
LOCATED at 229 Rue Saint-Honoré, nestled between Place Vendôme and Jardin des Tuileries, the first permanent Gucci Valigeria boutique is a two-floor space whose interiors draw inspiration from luxury travel during the Belle Époque. Intimate and refined, the décor evokes the atmosphere of an elegant vintage railway carriage as dark walnut furniture and finishes are contrasted by neutral-toned canvas surfaces. The Gucci Valigeria boutique showcases a curated selection from Gucci’s travel offering ranging from totes, backpacks, and duffles all the way to garment bags as well as vanity cases, hat cases, suitcases, and trunks — both in soft and hard-sided iterations including aluminum trolleys created in collaboration with Italian luxury luggage-maker FPM Milano. “Gucci Valigeria is a powerful reminder of our Florentine roots and our timeless craft,” says Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci.” It is a symbol of our legacy, reinterpreted through the ages for the travelers and modern-day explorers of every era. Paris’ Rue Saint-Honoré is the perfect location to house our first Gucci Valigeria boutique, offering a portal into our ever-expanding world of travel and discovery.”