Style and beauty updates: Aesop, Atmos, Levi’s, and more

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Levi's has tapped members of the K-pop girl group NewJeans as their new global ambassadors. Photo courtesy of LEVI'S

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This month, check out a Japanese sneaker boutique and a streetwear collab, stock up on beauty essentials, and get a new pair of jeans.

The Nobody shirts come in black and white colorways. Photo courtesy of KHAO KHAI

Thai chicken shop Khao Khai collaborates with Nobody Clothing

Having a restaurant collaboration partner with a streetwear brand for merchandise has been a common way to generate hype in recent years. While seemingly a fool proof way to garner brand interest, the success of the collection always boils down to brand synergy. So when Poblacion haunt Khao Khai Thai Chicken House announced they’d be partnering with streetwear brand Nobody for limited t-shirts to celebrate the opening of their new BGC outpost, we could already tell they’d be a guaranteed hit. The Nobody shirts come in black and white versions, with designs that prominently feature the Khao Khai typeface logo seen on a wall of their branches, and exclusive chicken and flower illustrations. Drop by Khao Khai BGC to grab one while stocks are available. — GABY GLORIA

Khao Khai BGC is located at Crossroads 32nd St. BGC, Taguig. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Friday to Saturday.

Japanese sneaker store atmos opens in Manila

Founded in Harajuku in 2000, the Japanese boutique atmos has since become a globally recognized name in the streetwear and sneaker scene. Known for their multiple concepts throughout Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Jakarta, the US, and other parts of the world, it was only a matter of time before they brought their streetwear offerings to the Philippines. That time is here, as atmos is opening a Manila pop-up shop at One Bonifacio High Street Mall on March 17. Sneakerheads will be able to see what concept the brand has in store for Manila and browse through their catalog of sneakers and apparel. See it for yourself at Level 3, One Bonifacio High Street Mall. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

The Ultraboost Light retails for ₱10,000. Photo courtesy of ADIDAS

Adidas launches new Ultraboost Light

Just when we thought that Adidas’s flagship running shoe was already at its most efficient, the brand recently launched the latest (and lightest) version of the Ultraboost, the Ultraboost Light. This version is made with the BOOST material, making it 30% lighter, providing “ultimate cushioning, comfort, and responsiveness with every stride.” The all-white shoe features solar red and core black detailing and is made with a 10% lower carbon footprint. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

The Ultraboost 21 is available in stores and online at

The Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate retails for ₱5,600. Photo courtesy of AESOP

Aesop releases the Lucent Facial Concentrate

For combination and oily skin types, the addition of creamy moisturizers can feel heavy on the face — especially in humid weather. Skincare brand Aesop recently came out with the Lucent Facial Concentrate, a lightweight, aqueous serum that can be used sans oil or cream-based hydrators, while still giving the skin a dose of vitamins and botanicals. Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 (known as Niacinamide) are infused into the Concentrate to help even out the appearance of the skin; sodium carrageenan provides moisture; and a mix of rose otto, sandalwood, and frankincense help nourish the skin. Aesop recommends using the Lucent Facial Concentrate by dispensing one to two pipettes on the hands then gently massaging it on the face and neck after cleansing and toning. It comes in Aesop’s signature amber glass bottle (₱5,600/60 mL) with a pipette. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

Aesop Skincare has shops in Greenbelt 5 and Rockwell. The Lucent Facial Concentrate is also available for purchase on

In 2023, denim heritage brand Levi's celebrates 150 years of the iconic 501. Photo courtesy of LEVI'S

Levi’s celebrates 150 years of the 501 jeans

The blue jeans are a fashion hall of famer, and no brand out there is synonymous with denim as Levi’s. In 2023, the denim heritage brand celebrates 150 years of the iconic 501. Originally meant to be workwear pants, Levi’s signature button fly jeans have been worn by millions for centuries. The year-long festivities include the release of three short films directed by commercial director Martin de Thurah and filmmaker Melina Matsoukas (HBO series “Insecure,” Netflix series “Queen and Slim”). The short films tell vastly different stories that highlight the 501’s roles in creating memories and forming lasting connections. In the short film “Legends Never Die,” directed by de Thurah, a devoted Levi’s wearer asks to be buried in his beloved 501s, and asks everyone in attendance to do the same. The brand has also found Global Ambassadors in the K-pop girl group NewJeans. Consisting of members Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin and Hyein, the group will be engaging in a year-long partnership with Levi’s, “spanning Spring/Summer ‘23 and Autumn/Winter ‘23,” and “will include a new campaign featuring the brand as well as concerts and appearances.”

Levi’s is also rereleasing 1954 501 fit for men and 1981 501 for women. Taking inspiration from the original 1954 501 jeans in the brand’s archives, the new ‘54 fit has a higher rise and a slimmer, slightly tapered leg. For women, Levi’s released a contemporary version of the 501 released in 1981. With a mom jean-like fit, the 501 81 sits higher on the waist with a high rise. It also has a slightly tapered leg as a nod to the classic ‘80s denim fit. — MB

The Levi’s Greatest Story Worn short films are available for viewing here and here. For more information, go to

A smart screen in the new Watson's flagship store in SM CIty North EDSA reates skincare recommendations based on selfies. Photo courtesy of WATSON'S

Watson's opens new flagship store at The Block, SM City North EDSA

Shopping for beauty and wellness essentials can sometimes be an act of discovery: walking down the aisles to sample new products is the best way to discover a future holy grail fixture on our vanities. It’s an experience that health and beauty retailer Watsons hopes to continue with the opening of their new flagship store at The Block, SM City North EDSA. With a store that spans over 1000 square meters, Watson’s North EDSA outpost joins the chain’s existing 1000 stores in the Philippines. The shop contains their most comprehensive selection of products and services to date.

Beyond the expansive product offerings, Watsons also reinforced their commitment to providing an O+O (online + offline) service to their customers. This means that the online express delivery service gets products delivered to customers in three hours; they can also pick up orders at the store within 30 minutes through their click & collect express service. Towards the back of the new Watsons shop is the Skinfie Lab, a skin analysis tool that creates skincare recommendations based on selfies (the app detects facial attributes such as acne fine lines, and overall skin condition). The Watsons at The Block also has a refill station for their in-house brand, Natural by Watsons. Available products for refill are shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in several variants. (The refill station is also available at Watsons in SM Megamall.)

Digital health services are also a focal point in the store. Watsons partnered with The Medical City to offer virtual consultation and remote physical exams. Customers can simply go to the store and consult with a Medical City doctor via video call. The doctor can diagnose and prescribe medication after the call. Vaccinations for the flu, HPV, and pneumonia will be available at the Watsons clinic soon. — MB