The first Filipino-designed adidas Originals shoe is here
2021 brought a lot of firsts for Filipinos everywhere—the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines (Hidilyn Diaz) and the first Filipino Nobel laureate (Maria Ressa). There’s a lot to be proud of especially amid such trying times, including the first Filipino-designed adidas Originals shoe, created by none other than Filipino toy designer and visual artist Juanito “Quiccs” Maiquez.
Earlier this year, just in time for Independence Day, the first Filipino-designed Harden Vol.5, the Manila Heritage colorway, was launched. The pair even made its debut at the NBA court, worn by the one, the only James Harden. Pinoys from all over the world snagged the fast-selling pair from Singapore, Hong Kong and most especially the US, which paved way for a new design.
This October, Quiccs reimagines the iconic Forum Low. As he inspires a new generation of dreamers with his creative process and philosophy, his stripes are surely earned. The newest iteration of the classic adidas footwear comes after the launch of the FW21 FORUM “redesigned to celebrate those unafraid to embrace an open attitude to life and redefine the style of tomorrow.” This Pinoy creator will indeed be part of the sportswear brand’s history, joining an elite group of global artists and athletes whose passions are immortalized in the brand’s footwear.
The Quiccs FORUM features striking red stripes, which represent the STRIPES EARNED through Quiccs’ brand passion. Inspired by the bestselling Forum 84 Low OG Blue Thread and Pine Green colorways, the Pinoy artist’s reimagined FORUM infuses the shoe’s classic look with his own branding.
Other prominent design elements unique to Maiquez’s artistic DNA, such as his crossbones logo and TEQ63, make an appearance, too. The tongue of the limited-edition footwear also features IT WAS ALL A DREAM and 01.21.20, which represent the official start of Quiccs’ partnership with adidas.
We caught up with the visual artist in an exclusive one-on-one.
Wonder: Your unique creations for adidas have garnered success all over the world, especially for our kababayans in the US. What does this mean for an independent artist and, in your words, a “super random kid in the Philippines?”
Quiccs: It's a HUGE dream come true for me to be given this opportunity, and a really big door opened for Filipino creatives to be showcased by such a big and world-renowned brand such as adidas!
W: Any more thrilling collaborations with adidas in the pipeline we can look forward to?
Q: Yes, of course!
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W: You created this special design for “the dreamers.” What would you tell young, aspiring creatives everywhere waiting for their big break?
Q: Be true to yourself as an artist, never follow the shadow of someone else, and stay true to your passions. Your works will naturally attract the ones who connect to you the most, and in the end [they] will recognize your genuineness.
We can’t wait to see what else is in store for the Filipino artist and adidas; may this collaboration not be the last!
The newest iteration of the adidas Forum, designed by Quiccs, which retails for P6,500, is available on adidas.com.ph, the adidas App and adidas stores in select countries.
Photos adidas Philippines
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver