The Handsomest School Stuff

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Shopping for school items is probably one of the more exciting—and stressful—parts of the school season. If you're still out hunting for bags, lunchboxes, and water bottles, we've found the coolest ones for you! Alexander_LB_front A lunchbox from Beatrix NY

BEATRIX NY What it is: A company based in New York City, Beatrix NY makes cool, contemporary stuff for children. Why it's cool: Its goodies combine a child-like love of whimsy and imagination with a grown-up sense of style and design. Adorable characters and colorful graphics are used on the products designed with simplicity, quality, and fun in mind. What it offers: Lunchboxes, backpacks, suit cases, iPad covers, and water bottles Where to get: Available in all Rustan's branches and www.quirksphonlinestore.tictail.com

BuiltNY Neoprene lunch bags from Built NY

BUILT NY What it is: Built NY is dedicated to making design-focused products that are innovative, functional, and durable. Why it's cool: Built NY products are made from Neoprene, the same material used in wetsuits. It is not only of high quality and durable, it also comes in fun, contemporary designs in bright, happy colors. What it offers: Lunchboxes, shoulder bags, and lunch totes Where to get: Children Accessories Section of Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Alabang; Mamaway, 4th Floor Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza; Babyland in Shaw Boulevard, Festival Mall, Glorietta, and Eastwood Mall

ContigoScoutMug A water bottle from Contigo looks very handsome indeed.

CONTIGO What it is: Contigo specializes in beverageware which offer innovative solutions to active lifestyles. Why it's cool: Contigo has come up with a variety of innovations to preserve the integrity of the beverage it holds. Its Scout Mug, for example, not only keeps beverages cold for up to 7 hours, it also features the no-spill Autoseal Technology. What it offers: Wide range of beverageware Where to get: http://www.facebook.com/ContigoPhilippines

Gouache1 From Goauche, a bag with definitive character.

GOUACHE What it is: Gouache creates waxed-canvas specialty bags for active city dwellers and adventure lovers. Why it's cool: Gouache offers waxed-canvas bags, which guarantees a unique finish for each piece. No two Gouache bags are exactly the same. Plus, waxed-canvas bags grow more interesting design-wise as you wear them. What it offers: Shoulder bags, lunch bags Where to get: Common Thread Philippines with branches at Greenbelt 5 and Powerplant Mall

Herschel-Collection Rows of Herschel backpacks

HERSCHEL'S What it is: Herschel Supply Co. draws inspiration from vintage mountaineering, American heritage, world travel, and fashion. Why it's cool: Herschel gives vintage a modern take with its modern shapes. Its products compliment the consumer's passion for individuality and personal style in a new way. What it offers: Bags and backpacks Where to get: Herschel stores in SM Megamall, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center, SM Aura, SM North EDSA; and Bratpack stores in Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Galleria, SM The Block, Robinsons Place Manila, Gateway, Alabang Town Center, and Eastwood.

lassig1 A backpack from Lassig

LASSIG What it is: Dedicated to living with spirit and style, Lassig's goal is to design beautiful and functional products and to make them using non-toxic and environment-friendly materials. Why it's cool: Not only are Lassig products stylish, easy to care, and durable, they also make use of recycled and organic materials. There are no PVC, AZO dyes, phthalates, nickel, or cadmium in Lassig products. What it offers: Wide variety of bags, for kids and parents Where to get: Rustan's, Babyland, Chicco, Ollie & Co, The Travel Club, National Bookstore, Baby & Beyond, and ROX

LexNGo2 Lex N Go collapsible food boxes

LEX N GO What it is: Lex N Go offers food boxes made of silicone, which may be used as lunch or snack boxes or as containers to be used in freezers and ovens. Why it's cool: Not only is it BPA-free, Lex N Go boxes are also flexible and collapsible, so it can shrink or expand according to your preference. Plus, silicone, the material it is made of, is environment-friendly and recyclable. What it offers: Boxes in different shapes, sizes, and functions, from snack boxes and lunch boxes to sandwich and cake cases. Lex N Go also offers silicone mugs and cake cups, among others Where to get: Common Thread Philippines with branches at Greenbelt 5 and Powerplant Mall

Lily-Tucker Colorful backpacks from Lily and Tucker

LILY AND TUCKER What it is: Lily and Tucker is a line of functional, trendy school bags designed for the younger set. Why it's cool: Lily and Tucker mixes bright colors and vivid patterns to distinguish your kid's pack from the rest of the crowd. Their products are highly functional, with modern day features which bring comfort and convenience. What it offers: School bags and backpacks Where to get: Children's Accessories Department of SM Department Stores

ManilaBaby1 A toddler backpack from Manila Baby Shop

MANILA BABY SHOP What it is: Manila Baby Shop is a homegrown brand offering functional, lightweight, and affordable bags. Why it's cool: Because the bags are made by parents, they have various features which make it uber friendly to kids. What it offers: School bags, lunchboxes, and diaper bags Where to get: KuKu Duckbill, 3/F Market! Market! and at Festival Mall and https://www.facebook.com/manilababyshop

Tiger1 Keep food fresh with Tiger

TIGER What it is: A world-renowned brand, Tiger offers accessible household products for daily living. Why it's cool: Its groundbreaking vacuum insulation technology allowed consumers to enjoy food and beverages at the optimal temperature. It has since introduced numerous other innovations which delivered convenience and comfort to consumer every day. What it offers: Insulated water bottles and lunchboxes, among many others Where to get: Leading department stores

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