Filipino designer bares patriotic elements in James Harden's 'Manila Heritage' shoes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — Pinoy visual artist Quiccs is collaborating with adidas for NBA superstar James Harden's signature shoe — and he made sure to pay homage to his Filipino roots in the special edition basketball shoes.

Juanito "Quiccs" Maiquez on Friday revealed to CNN Philippines the hidden surprises he placed on the adidas Harden Vol. 5 x Quiccs "Manila Heritage." The kicks will drop on June 12, the Philippines' day of independence.

For the colorway, he drew inspiration from the Philippine flag not just for aesthetic purposes, but also for its message of freedom and sandugo or blood compact.

"I specifically chose these colors to be able to do some sort of representation of our country," he explained.

The shoes also carry "+63" — a Quiccs signature — on the sole and side to represent the Philippines' country code.

It also has "06.26.19" emblazoned on it to mark the date of Harden's last visit to the Philippines for a promotional tour.

"I'm very honored and very proud to be called one of the first artists to be able to collaborate with the Adidas brand on something we can call our very own colorway on a basketball shoe," Quiccs told CNN Philippines' New Day.

The Filipino toy artist has been working with the sports apparel brand since January 2020, even releasing Manila-themed shirts.

"I guess they liked it so much that they offered me a series of projects. From there it kind of snowballed into what it is now," he said.

He said he draws inspiration from his interests when he was younger, such as Japanese robots, American hip-hop culture, and the art of graffiti.