Travel Wherever In Style With Functional Fashion

Clothing trends are shifting to functional fashion as people start to embrace the outdoor vibe and style, specifically the Gorpcore trend. Derived from “good old raisins and peanuts,” Gorpcore is now making loud noises on the city streets and it has finally arrived in Manila with the newest Merrell Outdoor Style collection! High cut leather hikers paired with cargo pants and over-sized puffy jackets or windbreakers are the biggest trends in Korea and Japan inspired by the heritage of Western outdoor brands like Merrell—the original creator of high performance hiking boots and outdoor gears.

Merrell Outdoor Style collection

Merrell ambassador, James Reid presents his top 3 picks from the collection at the Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery in Makati. Want to know who stole the spotlight that night? It’s JaDine’s dog, Cal the corgi! Cal was at the fashion presentation spreading his cuteness and walking like a real star together with his furdad. James really loves hiking and other outdoor activities, he described his personal style as rebellious with a deeper personal candor.

Presenting the Outdoor Style collection with James and Cal

He has always been open to incorporating new trends into his look—a trend that match his own style and makes every outfit look like the latest and timeless fashion. “It’s actually been adding to my personal style. I never knew that hiking shoes could fit extra well with my outfit, so I’m excited to test out more of Merrell shoes. With my current style, I want to see how it works and maybe start a trend,” he shared. Merrell and James Reid are proud to bring the outdoor style trend and influence here in Manila. “It’s pretty easy to use, combining outdoors with streetwear and sportswear,” James added. 

James’ top pick is the Annex Trak V, a multisport shoe with a Vibram®️ sole that gives comfort and extra grip. Second, the Zion Mid Waterproof in Black which is built on a trail running platform for a sneaker fit. This hiker has a ballistic mesh and durable leather upper Vibram®️ Megagrip®️ outsole perfect for aggressive grip on every terrain. For his last pick, it’s the clean and nostalgic Ontario Mid in Black that features rich full-grain leathers and sticky Vibram®️ Megagrip®️ outsole for confidence on any adventure.

L-R: Annex Trak V Mid Waterproof, Zion Mid Waterproof in Black, Ontario Mid WPTF in Black

Make outdoor adventures more enthralling and showcase your fashion sense while travelling with the new Merrell Outdoor Style collections! Merrell outdoor gears provide premium tech and performance features for ultimate versatility perfect for any travel adventures. Their mantra “getaway to adventure” encourages aspiring travelers to explore the world. Flaunt your stylish travel outfit where function meets fashion. 

Here are some photos from the event!

The guests are showing their creative side
Built for performance and style
Perfect get up for your next adventures
Fun fact: The drinks were named after the shoes

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Kayla Ramos

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