Modern designs explore the beauty of nature, but more than a century ago, nature invited us to admire its beauty through the works of the French glass designer, René Lalique.
René Lalique founded the eponymous lifestyle brand, Lalique, in 1888; up to this time of modernity, it still continues to thrive. René Lalique continues to inspire the market through French savoir-faire and endurance to ultimate French luxury.
Daniel Ong, Lalique’s Regional, Southeast and Oceania Director, said that their 130th anniversary’s collection is different.
“In the past, we center a lot on floral items because the designs of Lalique’s creation since 1888, we all based it on nature and we focused on fauna, flora and femininity. This is the first time we focused on fauna and with one element called swallow,” he adds.
Swallow was particularly the inspiration of René Lalique during his time. Through his works, he explored decorative possibilities of flora, fauna and femininity. The swallow made him decide to focus on jewelries and decorative objects. Daniel adds that the logo of Lalique came from this inspiration as well.
“This goes back to the founder. The whole collection is named ‘Hirondelles Collection’ and in English language, it’s the swallow which is the symbol of happiness and freedom,” Daniel shares.
The Hirondelles collection also reinterprets the figure of the swallow, fashioned in satin-finished and re-polished crystal. Daniel also emphasized the importance of the collection’s savoir-faire exhibition.
The collection comes into five different sculptures—vase, dish and bowl, grand sculpture, fared vase and wall mounted designs.
The vases are manually polished to the wheel. On the other hand, the dish and bowl are satin-finished swallows and contrasted with transparent crystals. The grand sculptures are designed with re-polished crystal highlights. Flared vases were gold-stamped with 24 carat find gold. The wall mounted is the new functionality of Lalique which are screwed on the wall with a magnet allowing us to see stunning wall compositions.
“We owned the manufacturing since 1921…we do our carving process. Lalique is the only crystal brand that spends 75% of the production time in a manual work—from polishing to signature,” Daniel says.
Lalique is also known for timeless jewelries, perfume bottles and art objects. Daniel also envisions Lalique to collaborate with Filipino artists in the future. He shares the brand’s six pillars below:
First, Lalique is known for its design from bowls, structions, dish and vases and a lot more. Currently, they are exploring more of this as well.
Second, Lalique’s interior design in chandeliers and furniture are used in their ulta-sophisticated five-star hotels and other accommodations as well. They also explore fabric and the like.
Third, Daniel shares that René Lalique started designing perfume bottles as well. Lalique’s third pillar is the fragrance.
“We have perfumes and scented candles and since December 2017, we collaborated with Singapore Airline and supply amenity kits,” he says. Lalique also supplies pillows and other toiletries in first-class flights.
The fourth pillar is the arts that explore more of the design jumping to the fifth pillar which is the jewelries.
Finally, Lalique hospitality. “We supply toiletries to hotels and we own hotels—Villa Rene Lalique and Maison Lalique,” Daniel says. Hocberg Restaurant and Hotel is also owned by Lalique.
“As you can see the six pillars are very dynamic,” Daniel describes. The pillars that serve people’s lifestyle and living will surely go a long way, he shares.
Lalique, as a crystal brand and a lifestyle stop, started small. Through the years of hard work of this immense artist, René Lalique, his legacy comes and arrives to one hundred and thirty years.
The Hirondelles collection, inspired by its founder and the journey the brand has went through, also speaks of how the people’s hearts change over time.
Daniel admits to be adapting to changes—from style to amenity and choices. Though people’s lifestyle change, surely, Lalique will always be the luxury we all need.
Bringing businesses together: Lalamove paves way for SMEs across the globe to “Make a Winning Move”
The local episode #LalamoveItToWinIt to support MSMEs across PH
To inspire businesses around Asia and Latin America, Lalamove has launched a regional branding campaign “Make a Winning Move” to showcase its various B2B services, strong driver-partner network, and wide-ranging fleet for fast and reliable delivery solutions. Locally, the on-demand delivery platform has kicked off the campaign by inviting its patrons, old and new, to #LalamoveItToWinIt.
Now more than ever, businesses are focusing their efforts on an experience-led customer journey. With deliveries as undeniably crucial for businesses to fulfill their services and win over customers, the central creative idea behind the regional campaign revolves around such scenarios where Lalamove’s services and B2B features help entrepreneurs stay ahead of the intense competition.
Lalamove, as the trusted delivery partner, has been servicing businesses of all sizes in the Philippines. Lalamove’s corporate clients can enjoy the on-demand delivery platform’s variety of business solutions, such as multi-stop delivery, API integration, real-time GPS tracking, a wide variety of fleet for on-demand, same-day, long distance, and last-mile delivery, and a dedicated account manager.
“The Philippines has more than 900,000 businesses, over 99% of which are MSMEs. What Lalamove offers businesses of all sizes is faster, easier, and a more seamless delivery experience to help them save time and costs. Our dedicated partner drivers, the economic frontliners of today, are here to deliver to an even wider reach across Luzon and in Cebu. This campaign is the visualization of what we can do to help businesses jump over hurdles – simply put, just ‘Lalamove It to Win It!’” remarked Dannah Majarocon, Lalamove Philippines Managing Director.
First-time users of the Lalamove mobile delivery app can get up to Php 150 off when they sign up and use the code LALAWINIT. New corporate clients, on the other hand, can also receive a welcome bonus of up to Php 1,200 when they sign up and top-up their Lalamove corporate wallet. Moreover, with Lalamove Rewards recently launched, each delivery for every user is now made even more rewarding.
Launched in the Philippines in late 2016, Lalamove is an on-demand logistics company that matches drivers with customers and SME businesses to fulfill same-day deliveries. Lalamove’s mission of making local deliveries faster and simpler across North, Central, and South Luzon, and in Cebu is achieved through innovations such as instant order matching, real-time GPS vehicle tracking, 24/7 services, and a driver rating system. Lalamove also allows businesses to scale their deliveries and operations at an accelerated rate. Lalamove now operates in over 30 markets across Asia and Latin America. Visit Lalamove’s website: http://lalamove.com
King-size Treats Await Dad this Father’s Day at Seda Central Bloc
King-size Treats for the King!
by Ryan Daniel R. Dablo
Seda Central Bloc celebrates the hardworking hero and steadfast lynchpin of the home with its offerings for Father’s Day weekend.
At the Misto, Seda’s restaurant, Dad gets to sample the delicious international cuisine for free when dining with five full-paying adults. If an evening dine-out is more the family’s speed, the Straight Up bar offers a dinner buffet with a continental menu and mocktails, all enjoyed amid a backdrop of excellent cityscape views from the rooftop. Staycation at the hotel comes packed with perks for the weekend as well, such as complimentary lunch at the Misto, drinks at the Straight Up bar, and breakfast for two.
Honor your number one hero and highlight the love you have for him this Father’s Day weekend. Celebrate at Seda Central Bloc!
37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance
Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication
By: Allain Dumon Fonte
The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry. The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.
Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery. Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science. And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line. However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy. Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme. Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then. It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma. Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma. In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.
After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest. As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.
To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.
BALANCE. Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating. She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.
RHYTHM. Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.
TEXTURE. With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them.
HARMONY. The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:
THE SPIDER WEB: one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.
MATCH and PATCH: Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns
PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.
LA ROSE BLEUE: U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress. The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.