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Take It To The Streets

Active sports lifestyle one-stop shop, Republ1c, hits town!
Take It To The Streets Active sports lifestyle one-stop shop, Republ1c, hits town!

From the streets of L.A. and New York, comes surf-skate label Republ1c, bringing with it Skurban street style to Manila's streets. The skurban lifestyle exists from the influences of different board sports, whether played on land or sea, perched on the urban way of life.

So what exactly is this skurban look? Simply put, it's a fusion of skate and urban or hip-hop cultures. In the late '70s, skate fashion used to be fairly punk—scruffy fellows wore button-down shirts and tees with cheeky slogans; baggy shorts or jeans; completed by beanies and wristbands. While when hip-hop surged in the '80s, everyone was in too loose or ultra-baggy pants and triple XL shirts. Some wore tracksuits and leather bomber jackets with an abundance of gold to complete the look.

The fusion of these two different cultures created a seemingly less punk, less baggy style. Today, the skurban look is all about colors, prints, tighter (but not too tight) jeans and shirts. Graphic design has also been one thing relevant to the board sports scene. Many artists tie up with clothing companies to showcase one-of-a-kind art that has nothing to do with conformity. Even luxury house Louis Vuitton has a limited edition Gaffiti Skateboard that comes with an LV Monogram case.

Republ1c aims to be the ultimate one-stop shop for adventure and sports enthusiasts with its extensive assortment of active sports apparel. The combination of two cultures and thus, two fashion statements, bring together the freshest and most cutting-edge of styles in one house.

Whether you're in for the tide or for the ride, Republ1c has brought in the funky fashion-oriented brands such as C1RCA, KR3W, SUPRA, Skullcandy, Dragon, Pull-in, Ronix, Liquid Force, Helium, Hyperlite, The Hundred, New Breed Girl, RVCA, Bern, RYGY, B Swim, L Space, Lisa Lozano and Hurley.

And while you're prepping up for the summer, get into high gear and check out the unique collection of Republ1c that reflects one's outgoing spirit and creativity.

Republ1c is located at Unit 5 and 6 La Fuerza Plaza, 2441 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Telephone numbers: 864-0774 and 710-9089. Other branches are at 3/L TriNoma, Westgate Alabang Center, Eastwood Citywalk 2 and 2/L Eastwood Mall.

Click here to see the fashion show of Republ1c's Spring/Summer 2009 Collection.

Click here to see the Party Gallery.

-Nikki Santiago, Fashion Assistant