Individualistic and purely personality-driven, street wear is the ultimate expression of the city dweller’s subversive sartorial sensibility. It accepts no rigid definitions, no fixed templates, and offers no apologies for its blatant uniqueness and expressive urgency. It’s all about dressing up however one feels like and sees fit.
There are no stand-alone simple sundresses here, no party-perfect, mass-produced cocktail frocks in skin-tight seductions, no staid, uptight pants-and-blazer ensembles; even the simple tee-and-jeans getup is unfit to be called street wear if it doesn’t come blazing with your own personal stamp of style identity.
Meet Dax Bayani, Patrick Galang, Norman Noriega, Don Protasio and Gian Romano, five of Manila’s top go-to designers of urban wear. No one better than them understands the urban desire to break out of the commercial retail casts that stunt self-expression through clothing.
See a sample of their works in the photo gallery and read about what they have to say about street wear and how it defines their work.