Monday, November 25, 2013

Travel With Your Bensimon Sneaker Chic On: A Review Plus A Giveaway

Bonjour messieurs and mesdemoiselles — oh yes I'm feeling like a Parisian in Manila today. Pourquoi? It's because iconic and symbolic French sneakers, Bensimon (pronounced benˈ-see-mon), has finally stepped onto Philippine streets this year and am actually donning a bright yellow pair this very sunny moment.

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My Bensimon pair is a splash of happy to my Sydney spring stroll.
 
If you're occasionally sartorially dyslexic like me or have been living in a cave or you're simply into other types of footwear, Bensimon Collection's a line of sneakers that possesses all the makings of a quintessential summer shoe: It's lightweight (made of canvas and light rubber sole), it's got clean and simple lines (can go with almost any outfit), and comes in a plethora of colors. It also covers an array of styles and prints (for men, women, and children) to promote the individuality of  consumers — meaning, it's FUN!

The duo behind the brand are brothers Serge and Yves Bensimon whose designs are inspired by world travel, military, and Parisian fashion.

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Swing by their site http://bensimon.com.ph/ to see designs available in the Philippines.
 
Last October, I was invited to a media event by Bensimon Philippines at their head office in Makati. A handful of us travel bloggers (lifestyle and fashion bloggers too) were gathered to get acquainted with the sneaker brand and were given our own free pairs to give 'em a go.

As I slipped in my canary yellow Bennies for the first time, I understood forthwith its "perfect imperfections". Its apparent handmade elements make it seem somewhat rugged, yet its plain sailing contours possess an elegant trait. Quite the juxtaposition, but it works!

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A pop of contrast to the aging heritage structures in Malacca.

Since acquiring my Bennies, they have: Weaved the bustling sidewalks of Manila, strolled around Sydney during spring, stomped the oldest Melakan streets for gastronomic pursuits, and lazily sauntered along Maldives' blinding white beaches.

No blisters. No sweat. No worries (They're machine washable!).

I was won over and I reckon I'm getting my daughter a pair too.

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Beach eye candy. Sauntering Hulhumalé's coast.
 
Responsible for bringing Bensimon to the Philippines is Terry S. A., a renowned company who also manages distributions of Havaianas, David and Goliath, and Pininho in Manila. TSA flies the lifestyle brand over to the Philippines, making the Parisian "innate sense of aesthetics and taste of the basics" within arms reach for Filipinos of all generations.

Price ranges from P2,095 to P2,565 for the men and women's line and P1,295 to P1,795 for the kids' styles.

Where could you find Bensimon sneakers in the Philippines? Rustans (Gateway, Makati, Alabang Town Center), Center of Gravity (Forbes Town, Burgos Circle, Centris Walk), Shoe Salon (Glorietta 3, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Robinson's Ermita, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Trinoma), and Shoe Thing (Kids' styles only: Bonifacio High Street, Eastwood Mall, Greenbelt 5). 

We're giving away two pairs of Bennies! Open to Philippine residents only. Please refer to Rafflecopter for the mechanics. Begins December 1 noon, and will run for three weeks!

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60 comments:

Stella S., Cebu Beaches said...
November 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

You had me at "free pair" and the sight of an Austen book on the sand. They look comfy and stylish indeed. But alas, those pairs haven't reached Cebu just yet. By and by, mademoiselle. Maintenant j'attends. ;)

Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com said...
November 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

How often do you wash them if you wear them without socks? They look great!

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
November 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

So far I've washed my pair once. Tossed them in the washing machine just to see if they're really gonna hold up. Haha!

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
November 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Aww, hope Bennies invade Cebu soon!

Mustachio said...
December 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Ahhh Nepal, a country I wish to visit in this lifetime. Will go back to this post when the time for me to travel to Nepal comes!

Micamyx said...
December 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Joined! :D

Cel Mendiola said...
December 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Hope to win.. I like the color green one..

Marie Villadolid said...
December 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Sana manalo ako Para may magamit ako for my 2014 trips... Blue will be awesome :)

caryn morales said...
December 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

pink. coz it's my fave color

flipntravels said...
December 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

meron kami dapat nito e, tsk! LOL

Lea said...
December 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Blue! It's my favorite color. Also, the color goes well with my blue denims (kupas na maong! LOL)

Francis Falucho said...
December 1, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I want a red Bensimon sneakers for men because I love the color which makes me fiery cool and it also fits my personality and outfit. Thanks.

negrita lakwatsera said...
December 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I love Yellow and Blue!! :-)

Jelo Manongsong said...
December 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I want Green or Blue Green colors because that is my favorite color. :)

sherry ann gole cruz said...
December 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

i want the red color,red for love :)

Noelle Filoteo said...
December 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I'd love a red pair! It'll make any outfit pop, plus it's my favorite color. :)

Kimberly Camille Tiu said...
December 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I love to have the color Turquoise! Its so cute and pastel

ma jenny rose garcia said...
December 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM

turquiose or yellow or red or blue..woahh! can't really decide what color,they're all cute!! perfect for getaways, hiking or just roaming around :D
perfect for me!!

Ting Virrey said...
December 2, 2013 at 3:52 AM

Pink!!! it represents love, nurturing and compassion!♥

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
December 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Hope you get to visit soon! So magical, that country.

Charity Carlos said...
December 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

TENNIS LACET TURQUOISE! I love relaxing color and It is very light =D

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...
December 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

wooo ang dali lang nga!!! :)

Mai Decena said...
December 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I love the blue one...

Filipina Explorer said...
December 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

You sold me on those Bennies. Quite a spunky entry! The teal one with the rainbow swashes looks nice. And can I just, I luuuv the new look on the blog! Impressive job on the header (made by the Creative Dork, I suppose?) and the label guides. And the matching-with-your-Bennies yellow background on the watermark. Uh-hmm, loving it to a T, yes :)

Joy Cezar said...
December 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I would love to have the yellow one hehe... I love yellow coz it reflects my personality as an outgoing and cheerful person...

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
December 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Yes, by THE Creative Dork! Waited for so looong to have this (he's a very busy artist)! The wait's so worth it.

JaniceQue said...
December 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I like the yellow Bensimon because it reminds me of sun and summer :) It is also my school's official color.

Kirk Matoza said...
December 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I'd love to have the purple Bensimon sneakers because:


1. It's my favorite color
2. It represents royalty :))

arra carrasco-odeza said...
December 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

i would love to have a black Bensimon sneakers bcause its versatile pwede sa kht anung kulay ng damit

mary cheyzerr said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I personally like the Yellow Bensimon sneakers because it would greatly fit my outfits and it really pleasing to the eyes :)

mary zeychelle said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

A perfect choice for me is color red. Just like red, I've got burning passion for Red Bensimon Sneakers! <3

John Michell said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I prefer violet/purple Bensimon sneakers because it's my sister's favorite color. I'll give it to her as a gift if ever I win.

teresa hundana said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Yellow Bensimon sneakers is my one and only choice because I love how relaxing the yellow color is and I superduper love sneakers.

wilfred hundana said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I would love to have the Light BlueGreen Bensimon sneakers because it is the color of nature and I love nature.

Eddielli Bungay said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I prefer the light turquoise Bensimon sneakers because I really love pastel colors! :)

slither1004 said...
December 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The blue one! Its the one that really caught my attention! Love it. :)

Say Yap said...
December 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Red,please!Thanks for the giveaway.

babymharz said...
December 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I want the blue one because IMO it represent coolness and peacefulness.

Tere Decena said...
December 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I love the blue one!! it's super cute :)

purpz said...
December 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

the gold one, so stylish.

jillroque said...
December 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I want the Red one, it's my favorite color :)

Maki Yosh said...
December 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I really want the blue one, looks so stylish! :)

Marlene Yanga said...
December 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I really want the Navy Blue Bennies .My fave color

Dorothy said...
December 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

I like the yellow one because it's my favorite color! :)

Travels with a Hobo said...
December 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Ahh! Can't wait to finally go to Nepal and make my hobo boyfriend's dream come true. Before I even became friends with him, I always heard him saying that he'll only have his super long hair chopped off by a Tibetan monk when he goes to Nepal. Don't know where the hell he got that idea.

Bernadette Zareno-Balino said...
December 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I want the yellow one same as posted above

Laila Hermosa Mercado said...
December 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

i want the powder blue my favorite ever since

Kat O said...
December 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

i wish to go to nepal some day. my bosses can't just give away 16 days of vacation leaves :s i'm soo envious!

Stella S., Cebu Beaches said...
December 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

That easy? Wow. I've always fancied going to Nepal. It just seems so serene and philosophical to me. Like I could just stay in a temple and forget all worries. :)

Mark said...
January 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Is it mandatory to have a travel insurance when entering/applying for a nepalese visa?

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
January 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

No need :)

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
January 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Okay, super delayed reaction... Hahahaha! Was able to watch an Amazing Race episode wherein they had their head shaved for good luck or something. But that's in India. Maybe same same?

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
January 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Awww... Maybe (IF) someday you switch jobs? Hihi.

grasya said...
January 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I'm visiting in a few days... ^_^ excited and anxious! thanks for this tip Gaye

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...
January 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

No worries! Enjoy, dear!

Marj | layovertolife.com said...
February 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Bookmarking this, Gay! Hopefully, I can include this in my 2014 travel plans :D

mia benessa marie noguera said...
May 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

frf

mia benessa marie noguera said...
May 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

hi :) just want to ask lang .. how much is the cottage and the entrance :?please kindly reply :)

rachelle said...
July 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Hi. Can I ask how much money would I need for my budget? Let's say 14days?. Thank you

Kaz said...
August 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Great info! if i may ask, what's the mode of transpo from the airport... best spots to go, and how much the budget is for say 4days/3nights? Thankies!!!

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