Enkei RPF1 T-Shirt

Late last year, I was browsing online for wheels and what not, I ran into Enkei USA’s website. At that time they were selling a limited edition shirt of the RPF1*. These shirts were probably made for the SEMA show and I assume they made a few extra batches to be sold. It’s the elusive stuff like this that excite me. It’s just US$18 shipped and is actually just a Hanes round neck tee with the design silk screened on it, but I’d rather walk around with this shirt on, than wear an off-the-mall Gap sortie (where’s the fun and individuality in that?).

So I placed an order, only to be told that my size was out of stock. I emailed them to cancel, unless they can source out or make more of my size. Chris Pollock of Enkei Sales Support was kind enough to look for one (he eventually found an extra brought back from the SEMA show) and he even threw in a lanyard for my patience. Now that’s a big win for service in my book, especially for an $18 transaction. Props to Chris!

Yours truly with wife, wearing the shirt at breakfast.

*The RPF1 is probably their most popular wheel design nowadays. It doesn’t have the coolest design, but what it is is purposeful and lightweight. Perfect for serious enthusiasts who wouldn’t break the bank for Rays or Work wheels that cost thrice as much. As far as I know, Enkeis are unobtanium in Manila because they don’t have distributors. One would really treasure hunt to find a set here and their best chance is probably through a shop that brings them in gray. I did see a shop that carried a set of RPF1 Type II‘s but I’m to selfish to share where they can be found, LOL!

Cool Kicks

I’m thirty-three at the time of writing, turning thirty-four in a couple of months. That simply means I shouldn’t be interested in any of this stuff, right? Well, I don’t know. But one thing’s for certain: sometimes you just need to feel really relaxed and casual on weekends, specially if you’re wrapped up in corporate attire the rest of the week.

Cadillac shoes - funky without being too tween.

I saw this shoe in California when I was there last month for the holidays. And at $49 they were a steal, so I got a pair. The craftsmanship is great, but comfort not so. What attracted me to these kicks is that they look young and yet mature and understated at the same time. You know I can’t wear Zoo York or DC anymore at my age. This Cadillac comes close to that without being too radical.

The Cadillac laurel and shield medallion is found at the heel

The Cadillac brand itself is a plus, more so because of the fact that they’re unobtainable in Manila. Those of you who have been to the US know for a fact that a lot of sneaker brands and designs sold there do not make it to our shores. I’m a sucker for exclusivity, especially if it doesn’t come at an exclusive price.

A leather patch with a logo graces the simple sole.

The simplistic, restrained design won me over. I also like the choice of materials: rough and shiny leather, checkered fabric on the linings, etc. The placement of the logos are discreet which is good. Plus the fact that I’m recently tripping on the color grey on just about anything.

Fusion of funk and formal all around.

If I would wear these kicks in the US, I would definitely look like an Asian dude trying hard to be a black guy. But here in Manila, these are definitely cool kicks.

 

P.S. Yeah, I know it’s been a while since my last blog post. Sorry guys, been very busy during the holidays. With this post as a “restart” hopefully I’ll get back my momentum to writing regularly again.