“Redefining” is synonymous with Filipino street culture—venturing towards the convergence of local and external influences. Despite its evolving definition, embracing change constitutes growth, embarking on a journey filled with possibilities and (hopefully) positive uncertainty.
New York hails as the world’s mecca for eccentric difference, seeing its influence seep into its worldwide counterparts. From its decadent rap/hip-hop and skateboarding movement, its fashion-forward perspective reigns supreme (no pun intended) as Manila receives its own “Grey Brim Day” rendition.
June 28th in the Philippines marks the unofficial gathering of local creatives, underground influencers, and (of course) grey underbrim collectors, celebrating a New York staple—the iconic “grey underbrim fitted.” The concept, conceived by Big Apple natives Mikey Phelps and the late Felix Deaury Thillet, stirred an immediate impact in Harlem that eventually grew to what it is today.
Abiding by the stipulations surrounding a “Good Grey Day,” it’s essential to don a “fitted” comprising a grey under brim with the New Era Flag absent on the side panel. Enthusiasts note utilizing a 100% wool piece and a flat batterman paired with a white sweatband inner.
Fly Shit Only (FSO) pioneers the New York City-adapted festivities with its introduction dating three years prior. 2023 saw Poblacion’s Apotheka situate as its stomping grounds, with SICA, Butta B, Milky, and Tomas Felix supplementing the occasion. The grey brim silhouette transcends its utility, regarded as a prominent headwear option (though others, an everyday staple).
“Right now, I see people hopping on the good grey wave, which is fire. We just wanna bring something different and fly for the community—something for the grey brim wearers. Something for the fly guys,” FSO and Swisha Boyz founder Angelo Quintos (Tha Dawg Fatha) tells Complex Philippines. “Amazing are the bonds a fitted hat can create. More than just hats. Fly Shit Only.”