With no particular definition because of its wide complexity and variety of influences, streetwear has strongly made its mark to people around the world thanks to its correlation and association with distinct cultural movements. Given its diverse and unrestricted mentality, the term streetwear has been popularized over the years and has earned itself a following because of the significant contributions it made in helping shape culture prosperity.
It’s arguable to say when streetwear started booming in in the Philippines, but right now, it is irrefutably alive and thriving with a great support by various individuals and communities that share unique kinds of idealism and visions on artistry. Along with other creative entities in existence are homegrown brands that take part and contribute to the local streetwear scene. If you’re not aware of this yet, here are eight local labels to get you into streetwear:
Girl in Transit
Ladies, beat the ordinary and dress differently with a brand that blends a good mixture of classical and perennial. With the help of their retail partner Boy in Transit, they are one of the many brands that provide you a simple yet sophisticated look. A retro look that sparks a speck of nostalgia, this is Girl in Transit.
Must Cop: “Girl PE T-shirt” from their Girl Athletics Supply Fall/Winter ‘16 Collection
Don’t Blame the Kids
Aiming to promote movement and spread positivity, DBTK is a clothing and lifestyle brand that serves the purpose of reaching out to people from all walks of life with direct messages in their merchandise. It’s a label that brings out the kid in you, in addition to fulfilling your streetwear needs.
Must Cop: The “Dreams Take Flight” or “DTF Denim Jacket” from their Fall/Wall ‘16 Superfine Collection
With subtle and abstract artistry, The Artisan makes pieces that speak strong sentiments through the use of delicate designs. Acknowledged for its refined and exclusive patterns, this label is easily a must-peep for those who are fond of DIY, handmade works, made to order garments, and limited edition goods.
Must Cop: 1 of 1 Souvenir Jackets from their Collection X
As early as 2009, this brand has already been promoting streetwear in the local scene. With every piece embodying a zealous street aesthetic, Progress encapsulates an intimate passion for the pavement of culture, direction, and growth.
Must Cop: “7th Anniversary Progress City Vandal Shirt” and “White Chocolate Sprinkles Logo T-shirt” from their Holiday Action Jackson Collection
A brand that brings apparel that are unusually remarkable through the feel of street and the thrill of filth, Witness Surreal Hypnosis or WSH is a skateboard and clothing label that delivers us designs that feature a one-of-a-kind aesthetic, drawing out surreal expressions with each piece.
Must Cop: The “W ϟ H Classic” tee and “W ϟ H 3D Flame” tee from their Autumn/Winter ‘16 Collection
Along with the first few streetwear labels that were established from before, this brand has been part of the street scene way back in 2007. Hailing from the former Marikina Shoe Expo, now popularly known as Cubao Expo is THE Clothing, a brand that has consistently focused on featuring timeless and limited logo tees.
Must Cop: “Stay Grounded T-shirt” from their Holiday ‘16 Delivery Collection
Finding a home at the PEEKS Lifestyle Store in Laguna, this brand from the south side is slowly making its name more known in the scene. Breaking out from the conventional aesthetic, Enimal produces pieces that resemble the street-feel, which are available to wear in whatever weather.
Must Cop: “WSDO” and “Keep Risin” shirt from their Holiday ‘16 Collection
Highlighting the fun and excitement of burning rubber and drifting through the streets with speed, this brand fascinates us with their street vibe and headstrong identity. Available in select specialty shops across the metro like Suez & Zapote, Tryon, and Calle Skateshop, BRKLSS is a label that comprehends to thrill-seekers and streetwear enthusiasts alike.
Must Cop: “Script Cult T-shirt” and “Logo Windbreaker” from their Dance with the Devil ‘16 Collection
–LEX LUTHOR VANDROSS