Can this little concrete jungle of ours get enough of street culture? Since the last sneakers and streetwear convention, we will have Culture Cartel happening this weekend. While there will be artists appearances and exclusive streetwear merch for grabs, a collection from ASICSTIGER, Limited EDT and our own local sneaker customiser, SBTG will see the light of day: the Monsoon Patrol collection. We pick SBTG's brain about the collaboration ahead of tomorrow's launch at Culture Cartel.
ESQ: How did the idea of Monsoon Patrol come up? Was it an idea that was always at the back of your mind?
SBTG: Mandeep, who started Limited Edt, and I got inspired to conceptualise this project through my travels to cities such as Tokyo, London and Singapore where we experienced rain quite frequently. So, I wanted to build a shoe that can let us walk freely in the rain with no stress about getting our toes soaked. I also wanted people around the world to know more about us hence I used the word 'Monsoon' which is suggestive of South East Asia and Patrol simply means ‘on foot’.
ESQ: Based on the images of the shoes, it doesn't have your usual tiger camo on it.
SBTG: Good observation about the camouflage! However, painting camouflage is more like a craft to me, it’s a pattern that I really enjoy painting. But for a factory project such as Monsoon Patrol, I would usually introduce some graphics that I wouldn’t usually paint on. Hence, I put the parsilla camo on the shoe. I would also use this opportunity to tell a story as it has the potential to reach a wider audience.
ESQ: Do you own a pair of ASICS shoes?
SBTG: I still wear the same pair of GEL-LYTE V's that I released two years ago. It is hands-down the most comfortable shoes for my feet.
I’ll wear it when I know I have to be up on my feet for the whole day.
ESQ: As a shoe customiser, do you get hyped about other brand's shoes and do you go out of your way to get them?
SBTG: Not at all. In fact, not many people know this, but I got into my craft so I could make the shoes that I want to wear for myself.
As the years went by, I was able to arrive at a skill level where I could satisfy my own desires for footwear rather than buying. I do find myself drooling over some pieces sometimes but would often forget about it a little bit after.
ESQ: Last question, you've talked about opening up a cafe in another interview a year ago; how's that going?
SBTG: I’ve been talking to a few people and learning along the way. It ain’t that straightforward but I would say that I’m closer than I was a year ago.
The ASICSTIGER x SBTG x Limited EDT Monsoon Patrol sneakers and the rest of the collection retail for SGD209 and from SGD189 respectively and will launch exclusively at Culture Cartel this weekend on 1-2 December. SBTG will be present at selected hours for signing sessions with purchase. From 3 December onwards, Monsoon Patrol will be available at Limited Edt stores and online.