The House of Kipling formally opens at SM Clark in Pampanga with sleek and visually appealing interiors matching the playfulness of the iconic “Kipling Monkey” logo. Colors are bright orange and pink painted into Flemish inspired wall tiles and “Kipling Monkey” table legs bring to life the playful spirit and the European heritage of the brand.
Kipling is a fashion brand founded in 1987 in Antwerp, Belgium. Kipling brand is part of VF Corporation since 2004. Their most famous collection is Basic, recognizable from its crinkled nylon fabric and its monkey zipper. Kipling sells bags and accessories.
Kipling got the name inspired by Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book. The original designers wanted a name everyone in the world could pronounce – a name that wouldn’t have any strange or unexpected meanings in another language.
And the monkey?
The monkey key-hanger is usually associated to Kipling brand. Every Kipling bag comes with a monkey key-hanger. Originally, there was only one type of monkey, which could be easily recognized by its shape and characteristic colored fur. Since Kipling has developed several collections representing several styles, the monkey evolved as well. Now each collection corresponds to a type of monkeys.
The “monkey” figure on the key-hanger is tailless, and perhaps would be better termed an “ape”, however, the terms “monkey” and “ape” are sometimes used interchangeably in casual usage. The Kipling logo used on the Kipling website is a monkey with a tail, and so is a “monkey” by any definition.
Women are the common interests of Kipling and vice versa. When we went to Ho Chi Minh, our women companions knew already what they will be hunting for when we reach the city. And why not, Kipling bags are more affordable if not, have more choices in Vietnam.
So Kipling is not just a brand. It’s a statement.
Women knows how much pricey Kipling bags are and yet they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the latest designs, the hottest collection of handbags, totes, carry-all, backpacks and luggage in various shapes, sizes and prints. Perfect for Sunday shopping or travel abroad.
And the good news (for the ladies, and men, as well), The House of Kipling opens anew in SM Clark and The District North Point in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. A haven, a hang-out, a home – the new Kipling concept store, is all these and more. It’s called The House of Kipling, where shoppers can dwell in the fashion and spirit that has made Kipling bags a well-loved global brand. The new concept store applies a domestic approach that elevates the customers’ retail experience, showcasing the 2014 Spring collection inspired by the vibrant deckchair stripes as seen on the catwalks.
The House of Kipling has put together all these elements and details to allow shoppers to have a personal and intimate feel of Kipling bags, which will be their companions as they work, play and travel.
For those living or working nearby Makati area, come visit the monkey at its new concept store at SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City.
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