We got together for something special with the renowned visual creative Rich Tu, a first generation Filipino-American and award-winning artist residing in Brooklyn, NY.
We developed this timeless piece a few months ago but eerily resonates most loudly in today's environment. The work is called "Cautious Optimism".
From the artist's lens:
"Cautious Optimism' is a mindset by which I navigate the world.
As a First Generation Filipino American, it is my hope that the culture in this country will correct itself to help elevate underserved communities.
Across the board, the 'Other' fights to be seen, andONLY WHEN WE ARE SEEN CAN WE BELONG. -Rich Tu
The "Cautious Optimism" imagery is referenced with the cutoff thumbs-up. The image along with the high-energy ripped camo aesthetic speaks boldly on the current state of the world. We are endless optimists but also realists knowing that we must proceed with caution- most especially in todays environment. The time is always right to fight for equality and have our voices heard. We are humbled to have a design that reflects the above grace our SP-1 Shoe carrier.
Over the course of many months and in coordination with other local NYC designers & manufacturers(endless thanks you(s), we bring you a handmade limited edition product like no other. Represent a message for equality and social awareness every time you travel and pack an extra pair of kicks.
Stay tuned! Release set for October 7th for Filipino History month in collaboration with Rich Tu, Yo! For Real, For Real! with proceeds going to relief efforts of Project Barkada!! We all win when we all build and lift together!!