30 years of the curated life with SSI
SSI Group Inc. chairman Zenaida Tantoco with SSI Group Inc. president Anton Huang

30 years of the curated life with SSI

MY LIPS ARE SEALED...SOMETIMES - Maurice Arcache (The Philippine Star) - June 20, 2018 - 12:00am

Yes! It’s been a colossal 30 years that the Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI) Group has been making our retail dreams come true. One of the leading specialty retailers in the Philippines “with the biggest portfolio of international merchants in the Asia-Pacific and a network of over 600 stores,” the SSI Group has permeated our lives through its curated selection of brands from all over the world — ranging from luxury fashion and fast fashion to home, beauty and original concepts.

Celebrating the milestone is a campaign dubbed “The Curated Life” that seeks to inspire, enable, indulge and rally its consumers to live a life well-lived, “a life that’s well-curated,” explained SSI Group Inc. president Anton Huang, dahlings. 

“The SSI Group has transcended the retail space over the past 30 years and evolved into a true purveyor of both luxuries and necessities for consumers, including making an impact on lifestyle values of Filipinos, inspiring shoppers to define their own style, select the best brands and products to represent it, and collect to their heart’s content. That’s the curated life — never about settling, always about standing out; creating a life that’s worth experiencing; and spending on things that matter,” added Rustan’s chairman and CEO Nedy Tantoco, the hardworking woman of substance and stature.

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For inquiries, visit www.ssilife.com.ph or follow @ssilifeph on Instagram.

‘Box & Papers’  Watch Sale

Vintage Grail, in partnership with Provenance Gallery of Modern Art, presented the “Box & Papers” watch sale happening today until June 24 at Provenance Gallery of Modern Art at Shangri-La at The Fort, Taguig City.

The event features well-curated hard-to-find modern and vintage watches complete with documentation and their presentation boxes, no less, dahlings.

Vintage Grail partners: Jesse Maxwell, Paolo Martel, Franco Varona

 “Each of the eye-catching pieces was thoroughly vetted. The near-mint condition adds to the desirability of each watch. For vintage watches, we included iconic models that play a huge role in the world of horology,” said man-of-the-hour Paolo Martel, co-founder of Vintage Grail.

Hot pieces include a variety of new old stock (NOS) timepieces from Patek Philippe. From collectible complications and discontinued pieces — that have never been worn — to a range of gorgeous ladies’ watches, these highlighted pieces have rarely been available on the market.

The highlight from Patek is a reference 3712 Nautilus from its original owner and a limited-edition application piece from the watch house that is not typically available for sale to the public.

New Rolex sports watches, palanggas, that normally entail long waiting lists, will be available for immediate purchase. Other fantastic finds include highly-desirable pieces from Audermars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoutre and Vacheron Constantin, dahlings.

The featured watches are in near mint condition, offering a rare opportunity to acquire the best specimens possible. This is what watch collectors have been waiting for, palanggas.

Check it out and find your ultimate dream Vintage Grail piece at Provenance Gallery of Modern Art at Shangri-La at The Fort.

For details, call or SMS Joy Concepcion at 0998-5542654.

Jins Is Now In Manila

Jins, the largest eyewear retail brand in Japan, opened its first shop recently at SM Aura Premier in Taguig.

The launch was marked by a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony led by the royal of the retail trade and everyone’s darling Ben Chan, chairman of Suyen Corp.; Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano; my palangga Carol Sy of SM Supermalls; Dr. Takeo Okada, First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Manille; Steven Tan, senior vice president of SM Supermalls; Hitoshi Tanaka, CEO and president, Jins; and Virgilio Lim, president of Suyen Corp. 

Jins business administration head Mikiya Yamawaki, Suyen Corp. VP for business development Bryan Lim, Suyen Corp. chairman Ben Chan, Jins CEO and president Hitoshi Tanaka, Suyen Corp. president Virgilio Lim, Jins business development head Ryosuke Matsuura

“The breaking and partaking of sake from the sake barrel symbolizes prosperity and fruitful partnership between parties,” explained Lim.

The launch was attended by key personalities in the field of showbusiness, politics and the business sector, naturellement, like GMA Kapuso actress Lovi Poe, Ms. Universe–Philippines Maxine Medina, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Benchsetters Leila Alcasid, Emil Khodaverdi and Rhys Miguel. Ms. Grand International first runner-up Nicole Cordovez hosted the event.

Jins has over 343 stores in Japan, would you believe? And has more than 110 stores in the US, China and Taiwan. Each store carries about 800 to 1,000 styles and you can have a pair made in as fast as 30 minutes for available single-vision stock lenses. A one-stop shop, Jins offers optical glasses, UV-protective sunglasses and ready-to-wear Jins Screen with blue light cut lenses.

Jins pioneered the use of a new, lightweight material for glasses in their patented “Airframe line,” as well as functional eyewear such as blue light cut glasses, popularly known as Jins Screen, palanggas.

Jins continues to create new standards and think beyond glasses to “magnify life.”


Photos by Alex Van Hagen

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