After a couple of years operating relatively low-key during the pandemic, May of 2022 saw the Philippine branch of Meeting of Styles back in full force. Probably what made the event feel special was simply being able to all be together as one community. While the Meeting Of Styles continued in smaller venues since 2019, that also meant that the participants were also limited. The return to what’s now become a culturally iconic location, the parking lot at LRT2 Anonas Station also signalled a return scale and a sort of homecoming for the entire group of artists & writers.
SHOCK DROP! #HoneycombArts, www.adjima.com, and HiddenSpace present S.L.A.P., a limited edition sticker book featuring 17 different artists from the Greater Manila Area. Launching tomorrow at the annual Anything For Love art show, this year at our new Honeycomb Manila studios in DoubleDragon Plaza. Only 50 in this limited edition, and only available in person.
Included in the sticker book are 17 different arists and over 25 self-cut stickers.
Now on its third year, #NPSD2020 or National Philippine Streetwear Day 2020 is being celebrated across three dates: one for Davao, one for Cebu, and one for Manila. The concept of the movement is to promote your local, Filipino apparel brand. Simple enough, right?
But are we still in a market where we need to tell people to “support local?” It’s a question worth asking, especially since support this year seems to have somewhat dwindled. Compared to last year’s 1000 posts using the #NPSD2019 hashtag, the #NPSD2020 hashtag haas only managed to pull a tenth of that number on Instagram.
It was out first time at a Nike Employee Store in Singapore, so we’re glad to say that the experience was excellent! Kayo Cosio unboxes and gives an in-hand review of a fresh design: the Nike Drop Type from the N.354 collection or pack. It’s our second shoe from the N.354 pack and Kayo discusses how the Drop Type is inherits several aesthetic elements from Nike Street Wear collaborators like Virgil Abloh’s Off-White (The Ten Collection) and the Nike Sacai Blazer.
Nike’s Hyper Court @ BGC has operated as the city’s hub for basketball and Nike training caps since 2017. At the end of 2019, it will end that over-two year run and return the property, which has been reclaimed for redevelopment by its landowners.
To celebrate the good work done at the location and to mark the closure of the Nike Hyper Court, the brand held two 3×3 tournaments. One for female, and one for female athletes. On that date, Adjima’s sister organization, #HoneycombArts was there to help commemorate the day with an installation dubbed “Victory. Challenges. Moments.”
After missing out on the Travis Scott Air Force One, we ended up picking up this brand new Nike silhouette on the SNKRS section of nike.com/ph. First time to get a pair off the website, so we’re glad to say that the experience was excellent! Kayo Cosio unboxes and gives an in-hand review of the fresh design. There will be a longer “life-test” video (shouts to Foamer Simpson and Young Buckets Esquire) as Kayo takes this new shoe up into the Philippine mountains to hunt coffee trees in the rainforest. Be sure to subscribe to get that video when it drops.
What do you think of this new Nike React Type-GTX? Does it maybe have a little bit of a Yeezy 700 vibe?
Then, after 2 weeks, Kayo took the Nike React Typre GTX to 1700 Meters Above Sea Level! Will the gore-tex hold up in the sticky and slippery mud of the misty mountains of the Philippine rain forest in Nueva Vizcaya? We get to test the shoe in conditions it really wasn’t built for. How will it perform?
Do you have one of these sneakers? How hard have you pushed them?
Join us for a free panel discussion, this Sunday in Eastwood City. The panel talk is moderated by adjima.com editor in chief and master planner Kayo Cosio. On the panel are filipino designers, performers, and entrepreneurs to discuss connecting with your message through fashion and design in the streetwear arena.
Here we have experts in design, musicians, and — ultimately — entrepreneurs who will be discussing how to communicate your message through fashion whether it be through curation, personal style, or design process.
The panel will be a part of PopExpo, a whole day celebrating different aspects of pop culture in today’s world. This sub event starts at 3pm at the PopExpo2019 Main Stage.
Air Yeezy 2 Red October Vibes, or is that just me? Actually, now that I have it in hand, the Kyrie 6 Pre-Heat “Manila” is actually more of a deep orange than it is the red hue that it seems to come across as in other photos. But do you get what I mean? That bumpy heel section and midfoot strap, it really does remind me of that famous Kanye collab with Nike.
It really raises the question about performance shoes not being for “lifestyle” anymore. Because this is both, and still a classic Kyrie model. The toe is round and has fuse overlay protection for toe-drags and other guard position movements. Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and a firm heel counter to keep you locked in. Of course, Irving’s all-seeing eye is present across the entire design, and there are subtle nods to his philosophy, with tiny text embroidered in the tongue reading “humble” on one foot, and “hungry on the other. But I 100% think that this would look great wearing them casually with jeans! I just shot an episode of our YouTube show, Opening Act for adjima.com, where I’ll be showing it on-foot for lifestyle.
The other thing that really becomes apparent in hand is how interesting the lenticular panels of this design are. Swipe to the end to see the videos. In this Manila colorway, this area is supposed to pay tribute to Manila’s streetball courts, so it has a very “barangay court” vibe to the graphic underlay. I would say that the lenticular on this particular Kyrie 6 is done exceptionally well.
True to size? I’m not sure. I got a size 9, but that’s only because the shoe is limited and that’s all that was available for me. But on foot, they fit fine. Especially compared to my size 9.5 PG3 “NASA,” which at first were almost too snug in the arch until I broke them in. The Kyrie 6 has a nice distribution of tension across the entire foot and I do feel like this would be a shoe that responds well to quick movements. The minor concern I have about going a size down is aesthetically, the midfoot strap not going all the way down bothers me a bit.
Watch my entire unboxing and review here:
Thanks to Nike for sending this shoe over. If you want a pair, they are limited and are only releasing in Nike Park Fort and in Titan. They drop on 11/11, which is “Singles Day.”
— Kayo Cosio, Editor in Chief.
“Are they turning Cubao Expo into a mall?” I’ve heard this question over and over these last few weeks. I do happen to know the answer, but there is a lot more nuance to it then can be discussed in an editorial like this one. However, I can tell you this: Cubao has changed a lot in the almost four years that I’ve been running Kendo Creative there.
But before we get into that, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce that both Kendo and our independently run subsidiary, Hidden Space are closing and leaving Cubao Expo at the end of September 2019. That’s today.
I understand that this does probably come as a shock to many of you, as it did to us when found out about this via an anti-dated letter for which there was no previous notice whether in writing or verbally. The decision was made unilaterally by the Cubao Expo Admin and they did not state a reason for not renewing our lease this time, as they have done many times over our over three and a half year run in this location. While they did not state a reason as to why we are not being renewed, we do have our very informed guesses as to why.
The exhibition is Nada’s fifth solo show, coming off of a hiatus of six years since his fourth. So the title “Homecoming” is fitting, marking his return to the gallery setting. Those familiar with his personal street art style and murals scattered around the San Juan and Quezon City area will be interested to see how his style has evolved. And evolved it has, revealing a secondary meaning to the show’s title: come into the Nada household.