Photos by JV Rabano
The world of streetwear can be intimidating. Diving into any subculture poses a lot of challenges for any newbie, myself included. Just a few months back, I remember walking into the original Season Pass store with beads of sweat running down my back, perplexed by the voluminous tangle of clothing hanging on the racks. BAPE? Carharrt? What in the world?? Much as I tried, I probably failed to mask to my inexperience as Raniel Moraleta, Season Pass’ manager and spokesperson, gently approached me to offer his assistance. He quickly gave me a rundown of all the brands and pieces they had to offer. During our tour, his enthusiasm slowly but surely made me feel right at home.
With the newly-opened store, home is definitely an apt description of the new space. Streetwear enthusiasts will still find the racks of clothing retaining the aesthetic of hallowed establishments like Round Two in the US. Like Round Two, Season Pass houses all the staples of the industry — Supreme, Carhartt, Off-White, Pleasures, etc. — along with an assortment of local brands like Wednesday, Last Pilgrim, Crust, and The Starving Artist, to name a few. What’s new is a small café and a lounge area where you can sit down and play 2K with friends — a far cry from the small confines of the original space.
“Gusto namin magka-hangout place, where people can communicate or talk about stuff in general. Di lang namin gusto na shop lang siya” says Robert Pabiling, the brain behind the cafe. “Coffee, a café — you go there to study or just chill. That’s the type of vibe we want to bring” adds Raniel. And to their credit, the quirky setup does work. Not only can you shop for sick fits, but you can now also sit down and grab a cup of locally sourced coffee in the process.
Behind the fun and loose concept of the store lies a greater purpose for the folks at Season Pass. “We try to put out messages about things people don’t really want to talk about. Through our lens, we’re exposed to so many different types of characters from different walks of life. I think we have no biases, and that’s what we’re trying to push for. No prejudice or anything.”