Whether you’re into it or not or you’re just too cool to admit it, Streetwear seems to be the hottest thing next to sneakers. Today’s youth are no longer content with just collecting sneakers just like basketball cards, it’s all about getting the right sneaker with the right outfit to match. For this month’s Featured Shoephoric, we’ve got a dynamic couple who made a community out of their passion. Meet Maj and Nika of Team Streetwear PH:
First of all, introduce yourselves and what you do...
We're TSPHL, the local streetwear community who supports quality brands. We also want to expand the streetwear game here in our country.
What's the story behind Team Streetwear Ph? Can you share with us how it happened?
It all started in 2012 and only as a Facebook group. Funny story actually, I (Maj) never thought that we'd be this big. TSPHL was once called Team Streetwear Manila, named by one of our former group admins. In 2014, I decided to build a community where people would actually participate not just in buying and selling, but of course share their knowledge in the game. From there, we expanded through an official Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and the blog (which isn’t currently available atm). We're all family in this, and happy to share our voices with today's youth.
Streetwear and sneakers will always be kindred spirits. What do you think is the reason on why one can't live without the other?
Maj: That's right, it's difficult. Really can't see myself missing the sneakers or the streetwear garments. LOL! Basically it's the OCD. I always match my outfits. You can't make me leave home ‘til I'm fully satisfied with how I look. Hahaha..
You recently had a photoshoot with The Hundreds? Can you share with us how that happened?
All thanks to Aly Mananquil. She won The Hundreds contest which led her to shoot their F/W 2016 Lookbook. We participated by modelling and styling, but she's definitely part of the TSPHL fam. We're lucky to have her.
Based from your honest opinions, state your observation of the sneaker/streetwear scene now.
The sneaker resell market here is strong as it gets. People demand pairs like it's the world's end! Ever heard the word “Palakasan?” That's how it goes in the Philippines. Sucks, right? The local streetwear scene here is stepping up to its game slowly. I can't really say that we got a lot of good brands, but we always look out for quality instead of quantity.
Your top 3 sneakers and why?
Air Jordan 1 Banned (2011): I consider this my first choice because of its history and how I got it. We all know this shoe was banned in 1985. Not to mention the tumbled leather and X mark on this shoe. I got them off a trade from my Black Cement 3, Green Glow 4s + his 2,500 pesos. Early 2013, I was so lucky, I didn’t think someone would actually go for my offer.
Yeezy Boost 350 Turtle Dove (2015): the first Yeezys I copped for retail. Best. Feeling. Ever.
Y-3 Qasa High (2014): The best of the best. Y-3 is my favorite brand. Before the Qasas, I already had the Verns, but this one looked so awesome. Quality is definitely on point, and comfortability is a 10/10.
Chuck Taylor 2 Lunar: This pair because I use it on a daily basis. The more I rock them, the more beautiful they become. One of the classics of course, but way comfier thanks to the lunarlon insoles.
Air Force 1 Vachetta Tan: Maj and I had to get this pair from Nike Lab since we agree on the colorway (one of our favorites since we have the same size).
Mayfly Woven 2016: Quality is perfection. It best fits my style at the moment.
What is the pair that you are on the prowl for and why?
Maj: Right now, I'd say that I want the SLP Royals. I've been eyeing on those for years now, and I couldn't get any in my size.
Any advice to those who are looking into exploring the way they dress up?
Just be yourself. Take inspiration, but give credit where credit is due. Be original as possible, and ignore the bad things people say about you.
Our family, TSPHL, Royalty, Sole Slam, Ralph Porteria, Sole Academy, adidasPH.
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/teamstreetwearPH