RETAIL | Eyewear Battle :: Team Manila Lifestyle vs. bench/ Pinoy Lab

Team Manila is a multi-disciplinary graphic design studio, now known as the premier graphic design firm in the Philippines today – with its world class body of work and unprecedented design style and quality.

In 2005, it established its clothing and apparel line, Graphic Designed Lifestyle, which currently carries 7 brands of clothing, apparel and lifestyle products.

Along with its own products, Team Manila continues to inspire Manila’s visual culture through collaborations with the most notable names and brands in the fashion, retail and design industries.

It currently owns 3 stand-alone stores in Rockwell, Jupiter St. Bel-Air, and Mall of Asia, distributes its products to over 30 resellers all over the country and operates an online store to meet the demands of the market today.

– from their website

There we were, in the “outside” (i.e the non-air conditioned side) of the Mall of Asia when we spotted Team Manila Lifestyle’s exciting store, a hip and groovy local chain with lot of style and chutzpah. They’ve taken national hero José Rizal, put him in shades, and outfitted their shops with retro-cool merchandise. A very interesting concept.

Then we turn around and see bench/ Pinoy Lab, a somewhat blatant ripoff off TML’s concept by “the big guys”, bench/. But instead of José, we were confronted with mountains of Aquino wear.

Rizal’s shades are way cooler, man.

bench/ PINOY LAB, MALL OF ASIA

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SHOPPING BAGS: TEAM MANILA’S JOSÉ RIZAL

designKULTUR: SHOPPING BAGS

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