Image composite: Factory for Hire, Support Your Friends, Don’t Blame the Kids, THE / Instagram
Streetwear style can be traced back to the ’70s, growing roots from the Californian surf and skating culture, and eventually encompassing other elements of sportswear, hip-hop, and popular culture along the way. Now, streetwear is synonymous with urban culture, with an emphasis of combining comfort with style.
It’s also no longer just a Californian or American trend — the style is seen all over the world, including the Philippines, where a number of homegrown streetwear brands have developed in recent years.
Below are just some shops with their own original urban aesthetics that blend street style with Filipino flair.
1) Team Manila + Daily Grind
Its apparel also acts as cheeky reminders of peculiar qualities that are so very Pinoy, like jeepney graphics and Tagalog phrases like “Haba pila (The line’s long).”
They also aren’t afraid of getting political, as seen in their “West Philippine Sea” shirt collection, which shows support for the Philippines’ claim on the disputed area.
The people behind Team Manila also founded Daily Grind in 2005, which carries grunge-style streetwear that appeals to hip-hop and skateboard subcultures. Aside from tees, it has hoodies, fanny packs, clothing patches, guitar picks, and caps, among other accessories.
Prices for Team Manila range from PHP195 (US$3.77) to PHP795 (US$15.25), while prices for Daily Grind range from PHP175 (US$3.38) to PHP1,995 (US$38.28).
Team Manila has several branches — here are just a few.
Suez & Zapote Gallery, 2631 Zapote cor. Suez St., Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Makati CityPhone: +632 555-1685Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm
2/F, SM North EDSA, North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon CityHours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
3/F, Trinoma, North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon CityHours: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 9pm; Friday to Sunday, 10am to 10pmPhone: +632 9154076
Daily Grind has several branches — here are just a few.
Suez & Zapote Gallery, 2631 Zapote cor. Suez St., Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Makati CityHours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pmPhone: +632 555-1685
G/F, U.P. Town Center, 216 Katipunan Ave., Quezon CityHours: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm; Friday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
2) Skoop Kommunity
Skoop Kommunity is a local store influenced by Japanese lifestyle brands. It mixes streetwear and athletic wear in its tees, bucket hats, caps, and hoodies.
It’s casual wear for people who want to stay trendy — but not get too mainstream, either.
Prices range from PHP499 (US$9.57) to PHP2,199 (US$42.18).
3) Support Your Friends
Support Your Friends (SYF) is a brand which asks people to, well, “support your friends” by choosing locally designed and produced products. It offers casual hoodies, jackets, and sweatshirts with different iterations of the brand’s logo.
It also has a line of athletic wear inspired by ’90s fashion. This includes jersey tracksuits, sweatpants, and striped tees that all have a retro feel.
Some designs have the words “Support Your Friends” or “SYF” incorporated with logos of popular Filipino brands like these Hen Lin and Potato Corner shirts. Potato Corner is a French fries stall from the Philippines which has a cult-like following, while Hen Lin is known for selling quick meals like dim sum, siopao, and noodles.
Prices range from to PHP200 (US$3.84) to PHP6,000 (US$115.06).
4) Don’t Blame the Kids
Photo: Don’t Blame the Kids
Don’t Blame the Kids (DBTK) is a lifestyle and clothing brand that’s been making waves since it started as a passion project for brothers Vince and Emil Javier in February 2012. They have a straightforward message: Don’t blame the kids if they want to follow their passion and do their own thing.
DBTK offers tees, jackets, hoodies, caps, slides, phone cases, and fanny packs, among other accessories.
Previously only an online store, DBTK opened its flagship store in Quezon City in 2014 and is now a go-to streetwear brand in Manila with stylish, youthful designs repping its message.
dbtkco/Twitter” width=”800″ height=”1200″ srcset=”https://zipit.vn/shirt-local-brand/imager_2_13177_700.jpg 800w, https://zipit.vn/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/D5z0ELWU0AAQfhu-200×300.jpg 200w, https://zipit.vn/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/D5z0ELWU0AAQfhu-768×1152.jpg 768w, https://zipit.vn/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/D5z0ELWU0AAQfhu-683×1024.jpg 683w” sizes=”(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px” />DBTK shirt at PHP800 (US$15.35). Photo:
Prices range from PHP70 (US$1.34) to PHP 4,390 (US$84.21).
DBTK is located at 38-A Shorthorn St. Project 8, Quezon CityHours: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm; Sunday, 12pm to 6pmPhone: +63 9065930970
5) The Twelfth House
The Twelfth House is a lifestyle brand that crafts well-detailed, minimalist garments. Their products consist of button-downs, t-shirts, and outerwear, among others. It’s one of the mainstays in the hip and cool Cubao Expo in Quezon City where vintage, bric-a-brac, and collectors’ shops are found.
Prices range from PHP300 (US$5.76) to PHP2,500 (US$47.95).
The Twelfth House is at Unit 3, Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon CityHours: Monday to Thursday, 3pm to 9pm; Friday to Saturday, 3pm to 11pm
6) Nobody Clothing
Nobody Clothing is streetwear apparel that aims to express a person’s aspirations — and angst — through artful designs.
The merch — ranging from casual tees to hoodies — is casual and for those who don’t want to seem like they’re trying to impress.
In its brand manifesto posted on Instagram, it says: “There is a quiet place where passion exists just as intensely as it does in the midst of all the noise, and that’s usually where we go … It’s not a hideaway. There is nothing to hide from. We’re no different, and we’re no rebels. But this place — it allows us the freedom to impress no one, to stand on a platform and remain unseen. Life unfolds around us, but our existence happens elsewhere. We wear our passion quietly amidst the constant buzz.”
Prices range from PHP500 (US$9.67) to PHP850 (US$16.31).
Nobody Clothing is at Somewhere 1109, Unit 24, Cubao Expo, Cubao, Quezon CityHours: Tuesday to Saturday, 4pm to 11pm
7) Staff Co.
Staff Co.’s pieces are inspired by workwear clothes with minimalist designs.