January style updates: A to Z, Fortune W.W.D, Juanita Studio, and more

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Here are some style picks from the CNN Philippines Life staff. In photo: A to Z's Knot-A-Polo buttondowns (left) and Juanita Studio's Susana Heights (right). Photos from ATOZ.PH and JUANITA STUDIO/INSTAGRAM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This January, shop at two highly anticipated sales, book a handpoke tattoo session, and check out buttondowns and leather shoes from two local brands.

A to Z’s Knot-A-Polo buttondowns

Since they were released in Feb. 2022, the mini checkered cord bags from clothing and lifestyle brand A to Z have been spotted slung across the shoulders of many as pandemic restrictions began loosening up and more people became braver to head out. Designer Angelica Alvarez’s pocket-sized bags are normally only big enough for a phone and some cash, making them the ideal companion for gigs, parties, and park strolls. With the ATOZ 01. Capsule Collection released last November at Purvery Fair, Alvarez brings the brightly-colored hardware details to her clothing. The Knot-A-Polo buttondowns feature orange, neon green, and blue nylon cords strung through the sleeves, and come in two colorways (black and white) and lengths (cropped or regular fit). The limited polos sold out at the fair, but are now available on their website. To order, visit

Commonwealth offers up to 30% off at their End of Season Sale

Commonwealth’s highly-anticipated end of season sale is ongoing from Jan. 6 to Feb. 5.

Shop from the store’s selection of Dime, Gramicci, NEIGHBORHOOD, Nike, Adidas Originals, and more to get up to 30% off on new digs. Visit the Commonwealth stores at Greenbelt, SM Aura, and Rockwell to check out the finds. You can also shop online at

Crimson River Tattoo welcomes guest artist Ilona Fiddy

Crimson River Tattoo studio in Quezon City is home base for prominent tattoo artists like Gigie Santiago and Wiji Lacsamana, but they occasionally open their doors to other talented guest artists. From Feb. 2 to 8, Crimson River is welcoming Ilona Fiddy to their studio. The tattoo artist aims to promote the art of handpoke tattooing from a decolonized perspective, with designs that are both playful and rooted in pop culture, nostalgia, sex, rage, anime, R&B, and more. To book a slot, email [email protected] with the subject line Crimson River.

Fortune W.W.D Sale holds an in-store archive sale

Since launching in 2019, Fortune W.W.D has prided itself in exploring the possibilities of clothing. And it’s paid off: from windbreakers and t-shirts to bucket caps and bowling shirts, the brand has managed to kick the ball out of the park with each collection release. Now’s your chance to get some of these pieces at a discount with their ongoing In-Store archive Sale. Shop at their outpost in Makati until Jan. 14 for great deals, including 10% off on archive items from collections as far back as “War is Hell, Heaven Can Wait” from F/W 2019 until their “No Front No Back” pack from F/W 2022. Deals also change per day, so it’s best to visit the store personally. For updates and details, follow them on Instagram

Juanita Studio makes classic leather shoes with a vintage feel

The Instagram algorithm is unpredictable. And as much as I find ads on my feed intrusive, sometimes they lead me to unexpectedly good retail finds. One such find of mine this week is Juanita Studio, an Instagram store that makes handcrafted leather shoes. True to the shop’s bio that says “Made for the old soul,” their designs all have that homey vintage feel, as if they came right out of my mom and lola’s baul. While prices are a bit higher than the average Instagram store (they go from ₱2,899 to ₱5,199, presumably because of the quality of the genuine leather materials), the brand’s designs for their selection of loafers, mary janes, and heels are decidedly different from most of what I see from other local stores. Of all the pinned highlights on their stories featuring satisfied customers promising to buy more pairs, one caught my eye — a review in which the customer claimed their shoes were comfy enough for a full day of walking while they were on a trip. While I have yet to grab a pair to test these claims, that alone, plus the design quality were enough to pique my interest. I’m already eyeing the Old Balara loafers as a possible birthday treat.