Just a quick post on ADORA, the new upscale department store in Greenbelt 5, Makati. Mrs. MM, The Kid and I went out for lunch today and ended up at Cibo at Greenbelt 5, after which we headed to ADORA for two main reasons… good friends of ours supplied a lot of the fabric and possibly the lighting materials for this impressive retail space and told us to go have a look-see, AND Margarita Fores has a small but innovative flower outlet within the premises (not to mention her crew did all the flowers in-store). The verdict? Wow! Impressive digs, indeed. I am biased in this regard, of course, but I don’t think I have come across a retail space in Manila with as fine a use of really wonderful fabrics and furnishings. Maybe I just don’t shop like I used to 20 years ago, but this store was a very pleasant surprise. It is a bit “heavy” in that the entire second and third floors are clad in stone or stone tiles, albeit in a light cream color, and clothes are displayed around dozens and dozens of alcoves and closet-like spaces, but it is certainly opulent and extravagant and trumps most retailers anywhere in the city. Interiors were done by Anton Mendoza, if I am not mistaken.
Surprisingly, the clothes and other items aren’t all over the top or outrageously expensive, though their first floor with the “really good stuff” has yet to open. They have some brands so far unrepresented in Manila, some interesting luggage, shoes, colognes, leathergoods, jewelry, houseware, etc. I am not sure if there is enough buying power in Manila to sustain such a store, but it’s a nice addition to the rather boring local retail scene. Some SERIOUS capital went into this store, and I hear through the grapevine that the owners are descended from the folks behind Rustan’s and all those Western luxury brands, but ADORA is NOT part of the Rustan’s group of companies… ah, a little real competition is always useful, wouldn’t you agree? While I wasn’t necessarily bowled over by the goods on offer, or maybe I am just too old to expose the crack in my rear end (what is the attraction with low-waisted pants, really???), the premises were impressive. And the staff struck me as being several notches above the norm… ADORA is definitely worth a visit if you have a shopping gene in your DNA. Very nice shopping bags as well. :)