Coolest Offices in Manila: Terry SA
Bursts of color mixed with strong industrial influences make the Havaianas headquarters playful as well as inspiring.
(SPOT.ph) What's now known as Terry SA started off as a couple of boxes of Havaianas slippers, stocked haphazardly in an old bedroom. Anne Gonzalez began Terry SA, a portfolio of international brands sold locally and internationally, as a home-based business back in 2003. Five years later, the Brazilian flipflops brand soared to success and moved from a corporate office along Paseo de Roxas to an airy warehouse along Pasong Tamo Extension.
The three-storey space, leased from a tire company, was pure industrial in form and function. Cement floors, open spaces and rafters allowed Terry SA to store all their wares and build a flexible space that could accommodate the slowly evolving office. "It was at first a minimal evolution-we just wanted a free-flowing and fun environment," says Anne. "It's a common misconception that when you work in fashion, your job is all fun. The thing is, we clock in a lot of late hours with so much to do! We thought that if we could provide everyone at work with an environment that encouraged creativity, then that would be the most ideal setup."
In 2008, the warehouse was repurposed to house the stock, and was also fit to hold offices. What started out as a wood, glass, and concrete look was slowly adapted to include bursts of color. With spaces clearly delineated-the ground floor, holding a common pantry for all employees, and the top floor holding offices for several departments as well as access to the warehouse, the heart of Terry SA is centered among the rooms for those working there-from creatives to marketing, accounting to digital marketing.
The lobby is an airy open space with a bold red reception desk, with the company's mantra set against the wall.
The stairs leading up to this welcome space are also dotted with credos that inspire and spark creativity.
All over the place are indications of its warehouse history-polished cement still displays tire marks from its previous occupant, and simple panels doll up the space with clean lines and angles.
The main hallway is dominated by a longitudinal bar that everyone can use as an impromptu meeting space-especially for those who just want to get out of their cubicles and have a change of environment. An adaptable space that can even be used as a secondary pantry when the ground floor common area gets too full, it demonstrates a very casual, collaborative ambience seen all throughout the office.
The long hallway is flanked on one side by conference areas used for meetings and powwows, with writeable surfaces all around. The other side is home to the marketing department whose colorful doors are just an entry point to the host of fun patterns and colors found inside. Leading up to a blind corner is a fun mural on the wall, putting together all the brands under Terry SA's wide portfolio.
Another part of the office is an annex where merchandising and in-house brand Thread 365 is housed. Where all the creative work happens, the annex, located by the main warehouse, displays all the mood boards, samples, and inspirations for every collection.
The sharp corner leads up to more offices as well as private rooms for Anne and business partner Jon Syjuco. Anne's recently renovated office is a posh, feminine space that banks on textured wallpaper with subtle, vertical lines mimicking the wood laminate stripes on the floor.
A fun touch to Anne's red sliding door? An apt sign referencing the thongs Havaianas have become known for through the years.
Jon's office displays masculine charm with Eames plywood chairs matched with a textured rug and a neutral display of photos on the wall-a perfect contrast to the otherwise colorful splashes found all over the halls and corridors of Terry SA.
With a just-renewed contract allowing Anne and her team to stay on for another five years, the Terry SA office is sure to experience many more changes, while still keeping with the playful, fun, industrial theme it espouses today.