10 Most Exciting Store Openings in 2018

There's a good mix of local and international openings this year!

(SPOT.ph) Living in the Metro has a lot of perks, especially for shopaholics like having easy access to major malls where these buzzy new stores usually open. Safe to say you'll never run out of options where to shop because of all the great stores that opened this year. From fresh concepts to international franchises, we round up the 10 of the most exciting store openings that happened in 2018.

Uniqlo Manila Global Flagship Store

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Japanese retail brand Uniqlo has been around in the country since 2012 but this year, they opened Uniqlo Manila Global Flagship Store a.k.a. the largest Uniqlo store in all of Southeast Asia. It’s a sprawling 4,100-square meter retail space that occupies two levels of Glorietta 5, letting customers browse Uniqlo’s complete LifeWear collection as well as the Kids and Baby section. The store also has special features, like a gaming space and a balcony area with furniture designed by Kenneth Cobonpue. 

Uniqlo Manila is at Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. 

“Off-White”

The local streetwear scene was on a high when Off-White opened its doors in Manila last August. Lead by Virgil Abloh (the artistic director of Louis Vuitton), “Off-White” is known for their cool tees with their signature stripes across the back as well as their statement belts and cool sneaker collabs with Nike. Fun fact: The Manila store is “Off-White”’s 27th branch in the world!

"Off-White" is at G/F Unit 104, 8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Makati City.

Innisfree

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When we first spotted the Innisfree boardup at Mall of Asia, everyone’s initial reaction was “well, it’s about time!” We’re not sure what took forever for the K-Beauty brand to open a store in the country, but now everyone’s just glad they don’t have to fly out of the country or wait for days for their Innisfree favorites to arrive on their doorstep just to shop from Innisfree.

Innisfree is at G/F Main Mall, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Manila Sundance

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The team behind the Manila Sundance Bazaar series finally decided to set up a brick-and-mortar store at The Block where shopaholics can scope out their favorite online brands without having to wait for their next bazaar or ordering online. Not only is it home to a number of brands, the store is also very #aesthetic! Every corner is IG-worthy, so get ready to snap away while you shop.

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The Manila Sundance Store is at 3/F The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City.

BT21

PHOTO BY Robinsons Place Manila

We’re pretty sure all BTS fans would agree that they flew into a frenzy when they spotted a billboard that hinted at a BT21 store opening in the country. Well, the very first BT21 store is now open at Robinsons Place Manila—though it's a pop-up store. We’re not complaining. At least we can finally get our hands on those fluffy Tata, RJ, Chimmy, Cooky, Mang, Shooky, and Koya pillows! Besides, there are stores in Robinsons Magnolia and Robinsons Galleria to look forward to as we go into 2019.

BT21 is at G/F Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Manila City.

Freyja

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Freyja (pronounced as "fre-ia") is one of the newest beauty hubs where you can shop your favorite makeup products from a number of coveted brands like Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Gerard Cosmetics, KORA Organics, CLIO, Goodal, moonshot, Peripera, Real Techniques, Sigma Beauty, Sleek MakeUP, and more. Located at Glorietta 2, it is where beauty junkies share their beauty looks, their daily regimen, their favorite brands, and more thanks to Freyja groups that anyone can join online!

Freyja is at 2/F Glorietta 2, Makati City.

Frankie & Friends General Store

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If you love stores where you can shop local goodies and discover unique homegrown brands, then you have to check out Frankie & Friends General Store. This mid-century modern-inspired store has partnered with a number of local brands, allowing startups to showcase their products to a larger market. Frankie & Friends General Store goes beyond just being a place where people can shop—it's also a place where you can get a great cup of coffee, do some work, and even meet new people.  Did we mention that every corner is very IG-worthy?

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Frankie & Friends General Store is at 2/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.

Loop.

PHOTO BY Joshua Dizon

From the folks behind Sip PH comes Loop., an eco-conscious lifestyle store where those who are trying to live a greener life can shop sustainable alternatives for their everyday essentials. Loop. is home to a variety of brands that carry products like shampoo bars, reusable water bottles, metal straws, makeup remover cloths, cutlery sets, and more. The best part is that if you’re feeling guilty about the packaging, you can always return it to the store so they can give them back to the brand or turn them into eco-bricks!

Loop. is at Unit 30, 68 Don A. Roces Avenue, Barangay Obrero, Quezon City.

Sunnies Face

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You can’t say you haven’t seen a single Sunnies Face post on your IG feed. Their #aesthetic AF store is home to their coveted matte lippies, which come in nine shades that flatter any skin tone. Whether or not you’re into their products, one thing’s for sure: You'd wish your room were as pretty as their stores.

Sunnies Face is at G/F Glorietta 1, Makati City and 2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Club Clio Flagship Store

PHOTO BY Mica Gonzalez

This K-Beauty paradise is home to everything from your skincare needs to your makeup essentials with brands like CLIO, Goodal, Dermatory, and Peripera. Their flagship store is lets you shop exclusive items from brands that you won’t find anywhere else. They also occasionally offer some pretty sweet deals. Be warned: The brightly lit store has plenty of mirrors around and the products are all within arm’s reach, so you’ll be tempted to swatch every single lip tint or put on a full face of makeup. 

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Club Clio is at G/F Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City.

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