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3 Under-the-Radar Shops Where You Can Score Rare Brands

Where to find Americana, Japanese, and European clothing in Manila
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Looking for a few nice shirts and some spiffy pants? This isn’t the list. The three shops below are on a different level, offering pieces by hard-to-find brands from around the world. If you're looking for something totally new, take a detour from the tried-and-trusted and visit these stores that will make you rethink the way you dress up.

The Best Place to Shop for Americana
Regiment

“History. Heritage. Vintage Americana,” is inscribed above Regiment’s counter. The specialty men’s store (from the same guys behind Signet) sets itself apart by celebrating classic clothing from the 1900s to the 1950s. Clothing, footwear, and accessories from almost 40 brands are all casual and rugged and most are vintage reproductions of original garments. These include pieces from Nigel Cabourn, Tricker’s, Saint James, Goodwear, Buzz Rickson’s, UES Clothing, Cat’s Paw, Filson, Orslow, Fullcount, The Flat Head, among many others.

Regiment also offers a few special services for denim. A vintage 1940s Union Special chain-stitch sewing machine for hemming jeans protects your pair’s vintage character (this was how they were finished back in the day) and provides greater reinforcement. Soaking and washing services, which complements their selection of raw jeans, is also done with special attention to the fit of individual body types.

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Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati

The Best Place to Shop for Japanese Clothing
Assembly

Fun fact: Assembly is curated by Suyen head honcho Ben Chan himself to suit his and his friends’ taste for specialty clothing. The shop is a snapshot of an inspired lifestyle, carrying clothing as well as coffee table books, home furnishings, handmade shoes, and eyewear. Their men’s wear selection will please even those who are familiar with Japanese brands: Maison Miharayasuhiro is known for his witty use of asymmetry, tailoring, and luxury treatments; Ethosens carries graphic and striped pieces; Factotum weaves in social commentary into its denim; and Seattle- and Tokyo-based Maiden Noir presents languid silhouettes in Pacific Northwestern hues. Pieces are available in limited quantities (a maximum of four) just as any style rebel would want it.

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SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

The Best Place to Shop for European Pieces
Tryst

Tryst is somewhat of a fashion insider secret. Its pop-up store (previously found in Greenbelt and Power Plant Mall and now currently in SM Aura until December) has become a go-to for a European fashion fix. Its collection is an edited mix of fashion brands from Milan, Barcelona, Paris, and Berlin, each varied in their aesthetics and interpretations of elevated casuals. Expect a lot of Italian here: For shirts, there is Robert Friedman, an Italian fabric company that makes very quirky printed pieces, and Bagutta, also Italian and a favorite of Alessandro Squarzi, one of the best-dressed men in the world (look him up), and for tailored jeans, turn to Italian denim brand Care Label. There is also Incotex, the company that pioneered the smart casual pants look in Venice back in the ’50s, earning them the moniker, “the world's best trousers.” Incotex is also a founding member of Slowear, and Tryst will carry the latter's fine-knit line, Zanone, next year.

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SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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