Ever since I’ve started ILVOELV two years ago, I’ve always dreamt of visiting Louis Vuitton stores. Believe it or not, I’ve only been in one once. It was last year in Manila, a few days before Christmas. Unfortunately, I’ve only stayed for about 5 minutes because the store was packed with Christmas shoppers.
Fast forward to last week. I was in Makati for the weekend. While I was there, I had the chance to meet with Louis Vuitton Philippines’ Public Relations Officer, Vanessa Mayuga-Santos and her assistant Ria Fernandez at the Louis Vuitton Office in Makati City. They were really lovely!
After I left the Louis Vuitton office, I was ready to go back to my hotel when I got a text from my friend Miles whoʼs working at Louis Vuitton. He told me that their supervisor wants to give me a tour of the store. I freaked out! Never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought of being able to tour the Louis Vuitton store! I ran and hopped on a cab. I was very excited! I haven’t even had lunch yet but I didn’t really care, nor did I feel hungry.
It was my first time visiting the temporary Louis Vuitton store at Greenbelt 5. The actual store, located at Greenbelt 4 is currently under renovation and is expected to reopen by November next year. As I stepped inside, the first thing I’ve noticed was that it was quite spacious and the products were neatly merchandised in shelves, glass displays and counters. Louis Vuitton Greenbelt 5 store carries Men and Women’s Leather Goods, Sunglasses, Shoes and Accessories, and offers the Mon Monogram Service. There were also huge trunks on display and a couple of vintage Louis Vuitton advertisements in frames hanging on the store’s walls.
I was greeted by Miles and Ms. Joy the Sales Supervisor and they offered me a drink. We sat down and talked for a bit and proceeded with the tour. We first went to the Women’s Area where a few bags were displayed, and to the Luggage Area which featured soft and hard sided luggage on the shelves. We then made our way to the trunk displayed nearby, the Malle Haut. It was beautiful! They even opened it for me! After that we walked to the Women’s Accessories Area which has scarves, sunglasses, fancy jewelries and belts.
They then showed me the gorgeous Monogram Fleur de Jais Carrousel from the Fall/Winter 2010 Womenswear Collection as I was so engrossed looking at the Manège that was displayed under glass. Miles mentioned that they have the Monogram Empreinte collection and that the reason they were not on display yet was that stocks are still limited at this time… but he was gonna show me the pieces they had! He then went to the back room to get the bags. While waiting, I sat down by the Mon Monogram desk, sipped my drink, and thought how lucky I was to experience this. I was so overwhelmed and glad that I did not pass out. LOL!
Miles came out of the back room carrying huge fabric bags. He then took out a Louis Vuitton dustbag, inside was the Monogram Empreinte Lumineuse MM in Infini. I ran my fingers onto the leather, it was perfection! Exactly two weeks ago, I was only writing about the Monogram Empreinte collection and was only admiring it on pictures. But now, I’m holding and touching the actual bags!
Next, he showed me the Monogram Empreinte Inspirée in Ombre, then the Artsy, the Pétillante clutch, the Secrete wallets and lastly the Monogram Sabbia Cabas GM from the Cruise 2011 collection! At this point I was really ecstatic. Thankfully, I didn’t hyperventilate like a teenage girl in a Justin Beiber concert. Kudos to me!
Miles, Ms. Joy and myself sat down in the sitting area. I was lucky enough to also be shown one of the special exotic pieces… the Crocodile L’Essentiel! It was beautiful!
Miles used a black glove to handle the bag, I asked if I could touch and he said yes. Oh. My. God. It was beautiful! The bag’s matte crocodile leather was unbelievably supple, it was breathtaking! Ms. Joy explained that the bag was made from a couple of crocodiles to achieve the symmetrical position of the scales. I felt lightheaded. It was stunning, very luxurious! Miles then pulled the Minaudière Trésor Brodé from a dust bag. It felt heavy yet very delicate. So gorgeous!
After finishing the tour, we chatted a bit more. I checked my phone and was shocked as I was already late for my next appointment. Miles said that he’d call Ms. Joy and went to the back room. Miles came out along with Ms. Joy and Sir Eric, the Assistant Store Manager. We greeted each other and he then handed me a Louis Vuitton shopping bag. Inside was a box of Mariage Frères Tea that was created exclusively for Louis Vuitton. I LOVED it! It was really nice of them. I’ll always be very thankful for their warmth and generosity.
Before I left, the team also shared with me some exciting news for LV customers in the Philippines. There is now a mail order service available, wherein purchased products can be delivered to key cities in the Philippines – free of charge! Talk about luxury service! Just call the store +63 (02) 756 0637 or check out www.louisvuitton.com for more information. This is a perfect Christmas shopping opportunity!
For more photos from my tour of the store, check out ILVOELV’s Facebook Page!
Images via Bengt Enrique / ILVOELV