• Australian designer bag opens flagship store in Manila

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    David Roper, one of the founders of Crumpler

    Another international brand has opened a concept store in Manila.

    Crumpler officially launched its flagship store at the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City. David Roper, one of the founders of the renowned Australian bag brand, attended the event.

    “We have come here to Manila for almost five years now. And during that time, we have seen how the retail industry continues to be very dynamic,” Roper said in an interview with The Manila Times. “If you haven’t noticed it yet, there is a scramble for brands to open new stores.”

    Roper said this enthusiasm makes the country a positive place for business to prosper. The Philippines “is a very good environment [for us]. In Australia, no one cares about new stores opening. So when we do something like this, it feels nice to appreciated,” he said.

    Crumpler started in 1992 as a cycling bag invented by Stu Crumpler, Will Miller and Roper. The bags proved to be not only durable but also practical and comfortable to use.

    The Crumpler range has since gone beyond bags for cycling to include professional camera and photography bags, laptop bags, luggages, casual bags, and even school bags. It has also grown a global cult following among adventurers, photographers, riders, designers, makers, thinkers, and doers.

    For its concept store, Crumpler tapped the help of award-winning architectural firm, Russel & George which is also based in Australia.

    The official opening of the store also saw the debut of Crumpler’s two new bag models Ludicrous Debacle and Proud Stash, as well as the latest Outpost Project series that includes Tondo bag—named from the Manila district.

    EUDEN VALDEZ

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