Filipino talent is making itself known once again all over the world, as award-winning toy designer Quiccs Maiquez collaborates with famous sportswear brand Adidas for a line of Manila-inspired shirts.
Quiccs, as he is popularly known in the art scene, is Adidas’ first Filipino creator. He is known for his vinyl figures and fusing robot anime shows such as Astroboy. (Read: These Rocking Chairs Are Not Just Artistic, They Also Help Send Kids to School)
Recently, Quiccs revealed his designs of Manila-themed shirts he made for Adidas. Among his designs is a mural that he painted in Hawaii a couple of years ago.
The mural, B-boy TEQ63, is seen in various shirts along with Adidas Superstars while playing basketball. Quiccs said that one of his inspirations for the work is the iconic Adidas Superstar, a sneaker originally designed as a basketball shoe in 1969.
“In representing the Adidas Badge of Sport through the sport we, the Filipinos, love the most in Basketball, I wanted to pay homage to this icon by creating this first of our three Quiccs Manila Tees: the SCARLET Edition,” the artist explained.
He added that the design is a homage to the Philippines’ sun and three stars. “TEQ63 is going for the slam dunk for that Filipino Pride!” Quiccs said.
Homage to Filipinos
Aside from the collection, illustrations of Quiccs and his team are also displayed on the walls of the newly opened Adidas Neighborhood store in Greenbelt 5 in Makati. The illustrations show characters wearing streetwear pieces but with distinctly Filipino elements such as indigenous patterns, backpacks with rattan textures, and the three stars and a sun as a homage to the Philippine flag. (Read: Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture Returns Virtually This Weekend)
The new shirt collection dropped on October 23 in select stores and on the Adidas Philippines’ website.