One morning after school last year, my girls and I walked in to the Repetto shop in Greenbelt 3. Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was on. Lily and Stella twirled around the shoe tables and did their dance.
It has always been this way every time we enter Repetto. Even I get visions of my girlhood dream. It was shattered after years of being “not good enough” at ballet lessons my parents religiously took me to. At one recital all the good dancers were wearing tutus and toe shoes while I was still in black leotards and soft shoes. My closest friend was Clara in the Nutcracker while I was a little bug in the forest scene. My black leotards had tiny beads and sequins but I also had to wear bug antennae.
I hope this magical world of dance can be enjoyed and shared among my three daughters. It takes a lot of commitment. Already, Lily has missed out on ballet lessons because her academic load has gotten too heavy. Instead of ballet on Saturday mornings we took Math courses last year. Must find time to do this. Poor Stella hasn’t had any ballet lessons at all. Sigh.
For now, we have that pretty little Repetto store in Greenbelt 3 where every visit is an experience. I hosted the official launch the other day (the store has been opened for over a year) upon the invitation of Suyen Corporation. The owner and CEO Mr Jean Marc Gaucher flew in to Manila for the event. Mr Gaucher acquired Repetto in 1999.
It is a 60 year old ballet shoe store created by Rose Repetto near the Paris National Opera. Rose Repetto was the mother of Roland Petit, one of France’s important choreographers and dancers. In 1956 actress Brigitte Bardot’s requested a ballerina shoe that could be worn on the streets. Rose Repetto created the ‘Cendrillon’ ballerina and dedicated it to her. For Bardot, this ballerina shoe will always be a part of her success in Vadim’s film ‘And God Created Woman’. Repetto still carries the same Cendrillon shoe.
Aside from the ballet flats that the brand is known for, Repetto introduced leather bags, dance wear and the first ready to wear collection which are all available in Manila. Dreamy. Everything was gorgeous. I have a few of the dance clothes like dance pants and hoodies plus a few shoes from many years ago. But these clothes are new in its first season and we have them all here in Manila.
The Tote Arabesque bag. All the leather goods are also inspired by ballet. Most of the bags are soft and slouchy. Ballet dancers like bags with a big opening in order to hold their layers of clothing. They like it slouchy because they use the bags as pillows when they lie on the floor.
The Loafer Michael is inspired by a jazz shoe and made famous by Michael Jackson and a few years ago by Kate Moss.
Repetto is in Greenbelt 3. Soon to open in Shangrila Plaza and Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall. For more information, check out Repetto in Facebook