BTS Map of the Soul Pop-Up In Manila: 7 Unique Finds And What To Expect When You Visit
Besides being amazing performers, global pop group BTS has also been known to be exemplary advertisers for any brand they partner with. The seven members are the faces of home-grown Korean companies like Hyundai and Samsung, fast-food megachain McDonald's, and fashion brands like Fila and the French luxury house Louis Vuitton. In the Philippines, you'll find their faces spewed across giant billboards on EDSA as they front local telecom Smart Communications for an inspiring campaign titled Passion with Purpose.
It's no secret that anything they touch turns to gold (and immediate sales). Once during a live broadcast, the youngest member Jungkook was seen drinking a bottle of kombucha, the sales of which reportedly increased 500% the following weeks; the singer himself could not get his hands on more the following day. Designer pieces from brands like Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Chanel immediately sell out as soon as they're seen on any of the members, whether they're sporting it on the set of a new video or out on the streets of Seoul.
It's no surprise then that their very own merchandise showcases grab the attention of many. In Metro Manila, Hybe (the band's entertainment company) just opened a Pop-up entitled Map of The Soul, named after BTS' eponymous chart-topping album of 2020.
Located at the Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, Tatler got to drop by for an early visit before the official opening tomorrow on 29 May 2021. We list down a few unique finds and give you a first look at the beautifully curated pop-up:
1/7 Chanel your inner Seokjin with this Black Swan mirror
"When I look in the mirror, I melt your heart into two," BTS' eldest member Jin sings in their latest record-breaking track, Butter. Now you can also channel your inner WWH (Worldwide Handsome) with this Black Swan inspired face mirror.
2/7 Pose with your fellow ARMY by this photowall or beside Tiny Tan
If there's anything that ARMY love, it's photo-ops! Don't pass on the opportunity to recreate your own Dynamite scene by the mini MV set at the pop-up or do your best impression of BTS leader RM as you pose beside the Tiny Tan cut-outs.
3/7 Never forget your keys with this adorable Tiny Tan keyring
Keychains and ref magnets abound at the store but a particular stand out is this adorable Tiny Tan key ring. Get one for each of your friends! As of writing, each member has their own keyring available save for RM and J-Hope (stocks to follow).
4/7 Live your best ON era life with these fits
From Seoul, New York, or Paris (as V would sing)—these ON pieces are great additions to your streetwear wardrobe. For the summer weather, these incognito ballcaps may come in handy to block the unforgiving sun. It comes in three colours: black, navy blue, and dark aubergine.
5/7 Merch for your merch
Make sure to let your gadgets in on the fun with these accessories. As advertisers of the Samsung Galaxy line, the BTS pop-up offers Black Swan inspired earbuds cases.
Nowadays, remote working is king. As you travel around, keep your laptops or tablets protected with this ON padded sleeve.
6/7 Heal your wounds with Bangtan-approved band-aids
If listening to Spring Day on loop still isn't enough to help you heal, then these sleek black band-aids might do the trick!
7/7 Keep it preppy with hoodies
Staying at home will be made even better when lounging in these cute pullovers and hoodies; designs range from DNA, Mic Drop, and Idol eras.
The BTS Pop-up: Map of the Soul Showcase is located at SM Megamall Fashion Hall and will run from 29 May 2021 to 29 August 2021. You may register for a slot here.