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Avon develops gender-free underwear

ACCORDING to an international study in 2015 by the United Nations for LGBT Equality, 10% of the world’s population identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This encompasses the full spectrum of the community including non-binary individuals who do not fall into the traditional binary masculine and feminine standards. This diversity is yet to be fully reflected by the garments industry, with gender-neutral options still sparse among fashion retailers, even more so when it comes to intimate apparel. Avon is stepping into the gap with its first gender-free intimate apparel line, the Avon Limitless collection, which is designed with breathable, quick-dry materials and a universal fit. “If we can stretch our support in terms of sizes, breast shapes, and life stages, what’s stopping us from stretching support to be inclusive of gender identity?” says Avon Marketing Director, Anna Garces. “Avon has been producing high-quality, innovative, and affordable creations for Filipinos and Filipinas for decades. It’s only right to expand our years of expertise on intimates to support the needs of all gender identities and sexual orientations.” The Limitless collection provides gender-neutral silhouettes that can literally be worn by everyone with breathable fabric that gives a soft four-way stretch in every wear. The Andy 2-in-1 Ultra-stretch boxers come in black and gray variants, designed with a double layer panel on the crotch area so it can fit anyone with or without a penis. On the other hand, the Andy Ultra-stretch Support Top can be used as a minimizer, a molded bra, or even just a casual top with removable molded cups and expandable hook and eye, so anyone can sport it with or without breasts. The Limitless collection can be purchased online at or through Avon representatives.

Tommy Jeans goes red, white, and blue for summer

THE SUMMER 2021 Tommy Jeans collection blends iconic red, white and blue color blocks with a modern tie dye twist across denim and knit categories. The collection features raised embroidered graphics and rich bold textures on statement pieces. This season, Tommy Jeans continues to push for sustainability in denim by repurposing deadstock fabrics to deliver contemporary yet iconic styles. In the Philippines, Tommy Jeans are available at Tommy Hilfiger stores at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, TriNoma, Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Tommy Jeans Robinsons Place Manila, Tommy Hilfiger Rockwell, and online at,, Zalora, and Lazada. carries Space Jam: A New Legacy collection, the official online NBA Store in the Philippines, will carry official merchandise from the Space Jam: A New Legacy movie starring four-time NBA Champion LeBron James. will offer a selection of Space Jam: A New Legacy merchandise, including footwear and headwear from Nike and New Era respectively. The following Nike shoes are available: LeBron 18 Low “Bugs vs. Marvin” (P8,295); LeBron 18 Low “Sylvester vs. Tweety” (P8,295); and LeBron 18 Low “Wile E. vs. Roadrunner” (P8,295). Meanwhile, New Era offers Los Angeles Lakers x Space Jam 9FIFTY White and Los Angeles Lakers x Space Jam 9FIFTY Blue hats for P2,295.

UNIQLO launches T-shirt design tilt

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO announces the launch of the UT Grand Prix 2022 T-shirt design competition. Entrants from around the world can submit designs using a T-shirt as a canvas to freely express ideas through graphics and messages. The theme for this contest is Peanuts, the comic strip first published in the US in the 1950s, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of its creator, Charles M. Schulz. The judging panel for the competition features representatives from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. UNIQLO is seeking designs that freely express the world of Peanuts through such characters as Charlie Brown and Snoopy as well as the storylines that touch on life and human nature. The Grand Prize winner will receive $20,000. Grand prize and second prize winners will also be invited for an internship at Charles M. Schultz Creative Associates. Winning designs will be featured in UNIQLO’s 2022 Spring/Summer collections and sold at UNIQLO stores worldwide. Entries are being accepted until Aug. 31. Entry details can be found on the special UTGP 2022 site (

Home items in Casa de Memoria’s auction

AT CASA de Memoria’s Tercero auction — now live online until July 31 — features many items to elevate the home, from paintings and chandeliers to furniture and more. Among the highlight lots at the auction are intricate lamps, some of which have been refreshed by Michelle Lao of Solano. These include Artepiu Este Gilt Ceramic Lamp with Peony Motif, a late 20th century Italian ceramic lamp, having gilt field painted with peonies (Lot 34, price starts at P25,000) and Artepiu Este Gilt Ceramic Lamp with Oriental Male Figure, a late 20th century Italian ceramic lamp, having gilt field painted with Oriental male figure amid plants (Lot 36, P20,000). There are chairs like a pair of 19th century Portuguese mahogany fauteuils in Louis XV style upholstered with settees with a toile hunting scene by Monchet Olives (Lot 63, P40,000 and a “lips” style chair (Lot 61, P15,000), and a pair of early 20th century Spanish barber’s armchair seats with soliya seats and backrests by Daniel Acha (Lot 1, P160,000). To explore the auction pieces online, visit For more information, visit, call 8253-3994, or e-mail

Hogan’s Autumn 2020/21 now available

HOGAN’S has released its Fall/Winter 2020 collection featuring  all-new styles — the Hyperactive Sneakers and Iconic Interaction Daddy Sneakers for Women and the Interaction Sneakers and classic H365 Sneakers for Men. In the Philippines, Hogan is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Shangri-La Plaza.

Vans SpongeBob SquarePants shoe collection

SHOE brand Vans has collaborated with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants on a range of Classic footwear for fans of all ages. Key piece from the Vans x SpongeBob SquarePants collection include: Old Skool checkerboard emblazoned quarter panel featuring SpongeBob and Gary, hidden amongst the checks, and finished with a leather yellow Sidestripe and “Off The Wall” written in SpongeBob font; Spongebob IMAGINAAATION; SpongeBob 124 Conch Street (For toddlers); Spongebob Black/Blue Bikini Bubble; and AlohaBob. The Vans x SpongeBob SquarePants in-line collection for men, women and children is now available at Vans Stores at Greenbelt 3, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, Ayala Cebu, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, UP Town Center, SM North EDSA, and Market! Market!

Pinay wins Best Sustainable Design at Asia Young Designer Summit

PHILIPPINE representative and Interior Design student Margaret Therese Hagad bagged the Best Sustainable Design title at the regional finale of the prestigious Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA). The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde undergraduate competed against participants from nine other countries and clinched the title for Interior Design for the 2020 Nippon Paint Asia Young Designer Awards (NYPDA) Philippines. Her adviser Benildean instructor Dr. Karol Ann Antonio was likewise named Best Mentor. Entitled “Bagasse Mountain Resort,” her winning entry introduces a sanctuary of wilderness and wellness equipped with sustainable, corporeal and human-centered design considerations. She chose Negros Occidental, the Sugar Capital, as the location of the project and explored how bagasse, the dry pulpy fibrous residue from crushed sugar cane stalks, may be used as partial replacement for cement. AYDA, with the help of its roster of internationally acclaimed industry experts, likewise recognized Dayana Aripin and Evva Lim Yee Fah from Malaysia with the Asia Young Designer of the Year Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, respectively. Neha Harish from India with the Best Sustainable Design title for Architecture, while the Best Design Impact recognitions were granted to Eldon Ng Yew Keong from Singapore (Architecture) and Mai Ngoc Anh from Vietnam (Interior Design). The Nippon Paint Awards were given to Sri Lankan representatives Ironi Padmaperuma (Architecture) and Dilik Abeyakoon (Interior Design), while honorary Mentions went to Mahek Khawaja from Pakistan and Marietta Stefani from Indonesia (Architecture) and Suangchanok Wongpollakrit from Thailand (Interior Design). Founded in 2008, AYDA has provided a platform for future-proof ideas and has since gathered thousands of young creators from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

foodpanda shops now feature Watsons

IT’S NOW more convenient to get skin basics and other beauty essentials from Watsons as foodpanda shops now includes its extensive catalogue. Choose from the wide array of skin care products, hygiene needs, and wellness aids by browsing on the foodpanda shops section and have these delivered to your doorstep in as fast as 20 minutes. Save on Watsons products by availing of the 10% off promo on a minimum order of P499.

Loewe announces HyunA as global ambassador

LOEWE has announced that South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper HyunA is the new global ambassador for the house. In a statement, Loewe Creative Director, Jonathan Anderson says, “I am thrilled to welcome HyunA to the Loewe family. Very much looking forward to this exciting partnership and working closely together.” The South Korean solo female singer HyunA has been captivating global audiences since her debut in 2007. Her latest album is I’m Not Cool, and its eponymous title track, released in January, has topped the charts of major music streaming platforms in Korea, with the album itself topping iTunes’ world wide album chart.

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