I would have never known who Jason Markk is if it wasn’t for Camille and the boyfriend. Both sneakerheads, they use the Jason Markk shoe grooming kit — something which I have to start using real soon!
Last Thursday, Cam yanked me, Paolo and Ken to the release party of the special Jason Markk x Titan essential shoe grooming kit. They flew in Jason (who is half-Filipino) all the way from the US for this special event, which basically celebrated the awesomeness of this US-Philippines collaboration. Pretty amazing!
The release party was held at Titan’s new 2 Parkade store, and had a smorgasbord of personalities in attendance. From magazine editors to basketball players, I must say it was a pretty good turnout.
We arrived at the event with Jason already there, mingling with the crowd. This was my first sneaker event, not counting the Yeezy raffle we attended the week before, so you could say my excitement was brimming with nerves too!
Walking up to the venue, which is basically the open space in front of the Titan store, we could already hear the music blasting and see the throngs of passersby stopping to check out the scene. Evening joggers would even randomly appear and walk right smack in the middle of the venue, trying to figure out what we were there for. :p
The store was open that night–even their barbershop–to accommodate sales of the special Jason Markk x Titan essential shoe grooming kit so we went inside to check out the kit. Each kit, which looks like a mini-sneaker box, includes a bottle of Premium Shoe Cleaner and a handcrafted Standard Cleaning Brush.
With Jason Markk in Manila, we just had to get our own kits (Php1,250) and have ’em signed by Jason. He’s really really nice. He looks shy but superbly down-to-earth. This is a super fan girl moment but what the heck! 😀
After having our pictures taken with Jason, there wasn’t much left for us to do but take more pictures. I think there was a neon sign hanging above my head that read “ask me to do anything” that night because they forced me to sit in one of these cool chairs–for shoe cleaning, I suppose. I’m usually shy but I can also be socially brave. 😀
We left the party pretty early but I say we got what we came there for. We got the special kits, had them signed, and even had our pictures with Jason. 😀
The boys left earlier than us girls, but we all met up at around 2AM only to find out that the boyfriend’s pair had started to disintegrate. Mind you, Pao has only used his AJ4 Breds twice. First was last Monday, November 26. Then this night, Titan x Jason Markk party.
B wouldn’t have noticed it until he crossed his legs and saw this. It’s quite sad on his part, but ridiculously disappointing on the side of the Jordan label. These sneakers don’t come cheap, so I wish they hike up the quality. 🙁
Special thanks to Camille for inviting us and also for the pictures. 😀 To the boyfriend, Paolo, thanks for the pictures too. :*