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Online Store of the Week: Transit Store

Get moving with their '80s-inspired outfits.
Online Store of the Week: Transit Store
IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store
Get moving with their '80s-inspired outfits.

Transit Store delivers pieces resemblant of change. "We went with [the name Transit] because we’re always moving, never stagnant," describes Matt San Pedro, one of the six members of the team. With a natural attraction to simplicity and retro iconography, the on-the-rise label creates timeless pieces for everyone, regardless of gender.

Perhaps more interesting is their inkling to revisit different time periods through pop-cultural references, all of which are tailored into their retro and gender-neutral designs. "In terms of what [Transit Store] is, we want it to be a portal for Southeast Asian designers to international designers,” Sean Bautista, another brain behind the brand, enthuses.

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Girl in Transit Control Ringer tee in green and white, P1250

 

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Girl in Transit A jacket for any time, any place, any where, P4250

Their previous collections under the label Girl in Transit premiered their staple GIRL T-shirts in select colors. For their Fall/Winter capsule for 2017, they're launching a joint collection entitled Short Circuit, which celebrates the comeback of Girl in Transit and the much-awaited launch of two new brands. Following their work in Girl, the team have recently transitioned into Transit Store to lodge two additional in-house lines: Boy in Transit and Transit Records.

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Boy in Transit Thinking About You jacket in black, P4850

Drawing inspiration from the '80s and '90s, both collections appeal with the brand's signature retro-themed visuals. For Boy, the line is centered on retro technology, making references to iconic logos from the '80s like Apple's and IBM's. "[It is] an homage to technology from a time not too long ago," Sean recounts from their design process. While for Girl, vintage racing takes center stage as the pieces display logos that resemble those of famous oil and tire brands.

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Girl in Transit Girlyear tee in salmon, P1350; Girlpride cap in white, P1250

If you were to visit their showroom, you'll notice that the line separating the collections remains blurred. I couldn’t help asking what actually sets Boy and Girl apart, to which they point out that it’s the inspiration of the cuts. "I think it’s a bit of an introduction for both sensibilities," Matt explains, "So for women generally they're more keen on trying Girl in Transit stuff but later finding out, 'Oh I can pull off the Boy in Transit stuff, too' and the same goes for boys." When it comes to how they construct their pieces, they consider the standard fit for both sexes respectively while assuring that pieces can be worn by either boys or girls alike.

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Boy in Transit Thinking About You tee in yellow, P1350

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Girl in Transit A pair of pants for any time, any place, any where, P2600

When it comes to why it took them so long to release a new collection, they explain that quality is always their first priority. Matt expounds, "Since we are dabbling more of a cut and sew line, we wanted to make sure we got with the right minds and the right resources so we took time and get things as right as we could."

While Girl in Transit and Boy in Transit remain to be their more fashion forward arm, Transit Records serves as their activation arm where they drive culture through audience-listener engagement. The brand is taking its first dive with retro futurism through their first set of t-shirts—"tees that are essential for all things essential." For every purchase of a shirt from Transit Records, you’re entitled to a ticket to the next TR live, a multi-sensory gathering co-hosted with Yardstick. 

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IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Diner tee, P750

IMAGE Koji Arboleda for Transit Store

Diner tee, P750

When asked about what’s next for the brand, they hint not only at seasonal collections but permanent ones as well. The team also plans to have more ready-to-wear pieces in the near future with a chance of accessories down the line. As I ask them to paint me a bigger picture for the brand’s future, Sean says, "Apart from our in-house lines, we plan to bring in labels from the Philippines first then Hong Kong, Singapore and such—just independent labels that are in line with our retail." After all, it’s just the beginning for Transit Store.

The full collection for Transit goes live on November 4 at transitstore.co. Check out Transit Store, Girl in Transit, and Boy in Transit on Instagram for more updates.

Lookbook photos by Koji Arboleda using medium format film

Styled by Mano Gonzales

Modeled by Jay Jackson and McKenzie Kinsella

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