British fashion retail brands find cozy set-ups in malls
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Two to four more UK fashion brands are set to come this year, according to Iain Mansfield, director of the United Kingdom Trade and Investments Manila.
Quite a number of UK fashion brands have been in the Philippines and just the past year and a half, saw at least 7 labels setting up shop in the Philippines.
Mansfield said a strong economy in the Philippines boosts retail business and UK companies see that as an opportunity.
He said the favorable retail investment climate in the country as well as the positive relationships with outlets in SM and Robinsons malls also bode well for UK retailers.
“Filipinos love to look good,” Mansfield said.
In August 2013, luxury shoe brand French Sole by British designer Jane Winkworth, opened its first shop in Manila.
Shirt makers TM Lewin opened three of their four stores planned for 2013.
In November 2012, fashion and footwear company Pentland announced a partnership for the distribution of three new brands in the Philippines – Mitre, Berghaus and KangaROOS.
In October 2012, British street-wear brand Superdry launched in Manila, with the opening of its first stand-alone store.
These labels add to a growing number of British clothing brands that have come into the country including Lee Cooper, Marks and Spencer, River Island, Speedo, Warehouse, Clarks shoes, Topshop, among others.
UK has long been one of the fashion capitals of the world. The birthplace of many fashion trends, the UK remains a source of inspiration among local and international designers.
To celebrate the boom in British fashion in the Philippines, the British Embassy Manila and its partners are holding the British Fashion Month until March 9 with a roving exhibition in selected SM SuperMalls,
“Wherever I go in the Philippines I see people wearing clothes that are inspired by British fashion. Union Jack flags on T Shirts, jeans, fascinators for a special event or miniskirts that recall the influence of Carnaby Street in London – are everyday reminders of Britain in the Philippines. The UK has long been a playground for designers to unleash their imagination, inspiring others with their creations and defining iconic periods. From mod to punk, from High Street to high fashion, from office to everyday casual wear, British fashion has been adopted and adapted throughout the world. Shopping is a national passion in the Philippines and I am happy to see British brands doing well here,” said British Ambassador Asif Ahmad is inviting everyone to join the celebration of British Fashion Month.