Tailor-fit threads and dapper get-ups are all well and good when you want to bring out your inner swag. Sometimes, the occasion—a coffee date (if you do that sort of thing) or perhaps a roadtrip with pals—calls for something more casual and cool.
Which is where streetwear fashion comes in.
But what is streetwear? The term is pretty broad, though it generally refers to clothing that represent urban subcultures. To the dismissive eye, that means nothing more than statement t-shirts and the like. At the heart of it, streetwear is a unique set of aesthetics and idealisms that have deep roots in the community, manifested in a style that can be both satisfyingly simple as well as overly graphic and layered (literally and figuratively).
The last decade or so have seen the streetwear scene here in Philippines grow more and more established, with dozens of homegrown labels popping up and international stores setting up shop. Below, we round up some of the best of both.
1) THE Clothing
THE Clothing is all about the minimalist approach, adorning staple clothing pieces in simple graphics and prints. The timeless designs often only come in limited batches, though, making them pretty coveted among the local skater and street scenes.
Unit 4A, Cubao Expo, Gen.Romulo Ave, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
A funky and stylish concept store for the discerning shopper, Hoodwink offers a wide selection of menswear from international brands like Kitsune, Lazy Oaf, Eyetys, A.P.C. Over All Master Cloth.
Upper Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
3) The Artisan
If you’re a fan of the DIY or handmade look, The Artisan specializes in exclusive and obscure designs printed or sewn into uniquely cut and styled pieces.
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4) Popcorn General Store
This HK-based retailer is perfect for the raging hypebeast inside all of us. It carries urban lifestyle brands such Anti Social Social Clube, Palace, RIPNDIP, Supreme, Vlone, and a whole lot more, so be ready to spend a pretty penny when visiting this streetwear fashion haven.
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Few local labels have made as big of an impact as Progress. With an aesthetic that’s favorably similar to Supreme, and a very recognizable logo emblazoned on nearly every product, Progress is considered by many as a pillar in the Pinoy streetwear scene.
Unit 41, El Jardin Del Presidente Condominium, Sgt. Esguerra cor. Sct. Bayoran, South Triangle, Quezon City
6) The Nines PH
Looking for something more highstreet? The Nines PH store can hook you up to heavyweight brands like Thrasher, Stamped, I Love Ugly, Blvck Scvle and many more—all in the name of dressing you to the nines.
Uptown Mall, 36th St, Taguig
Or, Don’t Blame The Kids. This local brand produces colorful, oftentime cartoony, prints and illustrations that are meant to bring out the fun, happy-go-lucky child still inside you.
38-A Shorthorn St., Project 8, Quezon City
In sneakerhead circles, few stores hold a candle to Commonwealth. Their release drops are some of the most anticipated in the community as they carry many of the hottest streetwear lines out there, from Stussy and Yeezy to Adidas and Dime.
Ground Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
If you want your look to stay on-point, then outfit yourself in Royalty clothing. The brand is considered a heavyweight in the local streetwear scene, and for good reason—their designs are fresh, trendy, and bearing details that mark them as standout pieces.
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