October 17, 2019

7 Independent Streetwear Brands in Manila Worth Checking Out

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  • Streetwear has been gradually dominating the world of fashion since the 1990s. In the present time, this surf and skate fashion culture is getting a lot of attention in the Philippine fashion scene with more local streetwear brands emerging, particularly the independent brands.

    May it be an oversized graphic tee or baggy pants, it’s time to step up your fashion game with these independent streetwear brands that are worth everyone’s attention:


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    Six letter word, 11-year tenure. GNARLY!

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    Established in 2008, Gnarly! has since been embracing the streetwear culture by introducing apparel inspired by comics, music, skateboarding, street food, and people, which all bring extreme fun to individuals.

    Its name was derived from the 70s surfer slang, “gnarly,” meaning dangerous wave, which later became popular with the teens in the 80s. Eventually, its meaning changed into excellent and disgusting.

    Most of their products like t-shirts, jackets, and accessories feature fun comic art, logos, and arcade-themed designs.

    Price range: Php 600 to Php 2,000
    4 United St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Website: gnarly.clothing
    Facebook: facebook.com/gnarliestpage

    Team Manila

    Team Manila is a Philippine-based graphic design studio that became popular with the masses because of its range of lifestyle products and services.

    Most of their familiar collections and designs are based on popular Filipino icons, places, history, or notions with an intention to celebrate the rich culture.

    Price range: Php 500 to Php 1,000
    Branches: Suez & Zapote Gallery in Makati City; Kultura in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
    Website: teammanilalifestyle.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/teammanila
    Instagram: instagram.com/teammanila

    Also read: Team Manila Lifestyle Exhibits Filipino Pride Through Statement Fashion Pieces


    For casual yet trendy urban wear, you may check out Skoop’s collection of streetwear—a local brand that notably blends Filipino culture with the Japanese aesthetic.

    Their clothes are far from mainstream fashion as most of their collections are inspired by passion and artistry while still highlighting individuality through the latest style trends. 

    Price range: Php 800 to Php 3,000
    Address: Urban Athletics, The Nines, Complex Lifestyle, Bratpack, Playground Premium
    Website: skoop.com.ph
    Facebook: facebook.com/SkoopKommunity
    Instagram: instagram.com/skoopkommunity

    Thy Origins

    For individuals who are fascinated with mythology, Thy Origins is a brand that may catch your attention.

    The idea for their designs is incorporated into modernized and locally crafted masterpieces inspired by Greek mythology. However, the brand delves into Japanese mythology for their newest collection called Kami.

    It is based in Makati and was born to share, educate, and translate popular lore and mythology into fashion.

    Price range: Php 500 to Php 1,000
    Address: PURVEYR Post, Bangkal, Makati City; Suez & Zapote, Makati City; Folk 1006, Escolta, Manila
    Facebook: facebook.com/THYOrigins
    Instagram: instagram.com/thyorigins

    Nobody Clothing

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    Created by a group of friends who preferred to be called nobodies, Nobody Clothing features an array of statement shirts consisting of various aesthetic designs based on different perspectives—dreams, moods, expressions, passions, and aspirations among others.

    Price range: Php 700 to Php 1,300
    Somewhere 1109 in Cubao Expo; PURVEYR Post in Poblacion, Makati
    Website: madebyabunchofnobodies.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/nobodyclothing
    Instagram: instagram.com/nobodyclothing


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    Witness Surreal Hypnosis or WSH is a local streetwear brand well-known for its psychedelic-inspired graphic designs. Their skate apparel—encompassing t-shirts, jackets, caps, and accessories—features an urban vibe complete with surrealist expressions.

    WSH does not have a physical store, but you can order their products online by messaging them on their social media pages.

    Price range: Php 700 to Php 1,250
    Facebook: facebook.com/WitnessSurrealHypnosis 
    Instagram: instagram.com/wsh_13


    Established over a foundation of community and culture, Tenement is a clothing brand that welcomes diverse views and aspirations by incorporating them into the merchandise.

    They are described as People’s Homebase because of their sports-themed shirts, jackets, and shorts.

    Price range: Php 500 to Php 2,000
    Facebook: facebook.com/ourtenement
    Instagram: instagram.com/ourtenement

    Which of these independent streetwear brands make it to your #ootd plans? Share it with us in the comments below!

    Featured images grabbed from Skoop, Team Manila, and Thy Origins

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