Team Manila’s new concept store is a designer’s new hang-out

Team Manila’s new concept store is a designer’s new hang-out

Get inspired by visiting Design Dept. and browse through art and design books while shopping for shirts, prints, and more.

Summer’s officially begun in the Philippines, which means that aside from suffering from the daily struggles of long commute lines and standstill traffic, we have to do it while baking in the heat.

I don’t know about you, but the weather really affects my productivity. Imagine feeling the sweat drip down your forehead while you try to write a paper, come up with a new design concept, or work on that new plate. Not so fun, right? Air-conditioned offices and classrooms serve as temporary refuges from the sweltering heat of the outside, but these places can also be very constricting.

Zines, stickers, pins, and other interesting knick-knacks can be found for sale.

If you’re looking for a break from the heat and the daily grind, Team Manila Graphic Design Studio has just the place for you. Unlock some inspiration by visiting Design Dept., their new concept store that promises to make way for design exploration in the country.

Design Dept. serves as a venue for Team Manila’s graphic design arm to showcase their merchandise and other creative works. Shop for bags, zines, stickers, prints, and other interesting knick knacks designed by the team behind our favorite nationalistic T-shirts and accessories (that logo of Jose Rizal wearing shades is iconic!).

It’s not Team Manila without the iconic shirts.

While giving a tour of the space, founder Jowee Alviar explained how their brand process has always been inspired by the colors, typography, grid, and textures of Filipino city life. Most of their work takes cues from the jeepney graffiti and handpainted store signs that we see all the time, but usually take for granted.

The space is also home to the brand’s design studio, so it’s complete with a lounge and photo setup that’s perfect for workshops and talks. While you’re there, feel free to browse through their art and design books and old Philippine ephemera — all of which were collected by Jowee and his co-founder Raymund Punzalan over the years.

Team Manila co-founder Jowee Alviar speaks to guests in the lounge area with its own photo studio.

We know where we’ll be spending our next lunch break.  


Visit Design Dept. at the 3F Valdecon Building, Jupiter St., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City. You can also check Design Dept. on Instagram and Facebook.


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