Enjoy your fave Halloween costumes from Skitzo
Check out the latest and hippest costumes you can buy for Halloween.
I visited Skitzo, the costume specialty store, to talk with my good friend Cheska Yupangco and her business partners.
Skitzo is a specialty shop for costumes, wigs and party favors. It began in June 2010 and was put up by close friends Tessa Santos, Maan Munoa, Andrea Reyes Lee and Cheska Yupangco.
According to Yupangco, being cosplay fans inspired them to set up the business.
"We've been long-time friends and avid fans of cosplaying. We realized that every time we wanted to dress up for an event or needed a place to go to find costumes and accessories, there was no place to go in Manila. This is why we decided to put up Skitzo," she said.
Costumes for multiple personalities
Yupangco and her friends took me around their quaint shop located at the hip and artsy hub called "The Collective" located at Malugay Steet in Makati.
I discovered that the store had a wide collection of unique and trendy costumes for Halloween. The owners were happy to model them.
Yupangco explained that Skitzo takes pride in having a wide inventory of the best and most popular costumes to fit diverse personalities and customers.
"Our most popular costumes are Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Superheroes and Pirates. These are the most requested costumes all-year round, every year," said Yupangco.
The Pirates of the Carribean and the Queen Amidala costume were among the many full-detailed pieces they were selling.
They even have video game and animation costumes such as Angry Birds and Despicable Me.
"Of course, we also have costumes that are popular depending on what was a hit that year. This year, it is Breaking Bad....we have the complete Hazmat suits! And Despicable Me (Gru & his Minions)," said Yupangco.
For the booming demand this Halloween season, the store has come out with new releases of costumes you can buy such as Hit Girl, Kick Ass, Beer Pong, Beer keg, Cupcake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (couple's costume), Bacon and Egg costume (couple's costume), Hotdog, Crayon, Inflatable Sumo Wrestler, Cockroach, Mario Brothers: Mario and Luigi (with the matching padded bellies).
"We have costumes for all ages, from newborns to seniors, including pet costumes! Skitzo can help you or your furry friends dress into whoever you want to be," she added.
Skitzo has also attracted many customers from the growing cosplay and role-play fantasy scene who have costumes "made to order" to fit specifications they need for events or private parties.
"We try our best to keep up with the rising demand in the cosplay scene. We take pride in our custom-made costumes and create them as best we can to reach all of our customers specifications," said Yupangco.
Skitzo is based in Metro Manila but the store has been receiving orders from all over the Philippines.
"We have also began shipping nationwide as we have been receiving a number of requests from people outside of Manila. We ask each customer to email us a peg of the exact costume they would want to order or have made. From here, we provide a quotation for the costume. If the customer agrees to the price, we send an order form that they need to fill up with their measurements and costume specifications," said Yupangco.
Be who you want to be
Among the many costumes they had in the store, there was one piece that really called for me. I was happy to try out their Slash rock star costume set. As a musician, I've always been a fan of Slash's work for Guns n' Roses.
"Skitzo is a play on the word schizophrenia which means having multiple personalities. We believe that in Skitzo, this can be seen from a positive and healthy view. Imagination can always add excitement and inspiration to one's life. You can wear many hats and be whoever you want to be," explained Yupangco.
Visit Skitzo at The Collective, 7274 Malugay Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City, and
Skitzo Pop-Up Store at Omni Arcade, 8005 Don Jesus Blvd Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa, MM.
Order your costumes online or by phone thru email : [email protected]
Facebook : facebook/skitzomanila
John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.
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