Titan Air Jordan 2 Pays Tribute To Grandpa
Artist and musician Alyssa “Chi” Loyzaga Gibbs has designed the next Titan x Air Jordan 2. Scroll down for an in-depth look at her take on the Air Jordan 2 – a loving ode to her grandfather.
Chi Loyzaga Gibbs and Titan are set to release a ’50s-inspired Air Jordan 2 on October 22 that commemorates the history of basketball in the Philippines. The vibrant sneaker is an ode to Chi’s grandfather and national basketball hero, Caloy Loyzaga – an icon who won the FIBA World Champion bronze medal for the Philippines national team. This is an achievement that comes on top of the country’s countless gold medals at the Asian Games and the Asian Basketball Confederation Championships. “Titan approached me over a year ago and said they wanted me to work with them as a design collaborator on a secret project to honor my grandfather. I was all right away!” Chi told Straatosphere.
Titan and the Jordan brand were aligned with Chi’s vision for the Air Jordan 2. “My grandfather’s team and the 50s in general really inspired every detail of the AJ2s, from the fabric choices, colors to the shoe graphics. For the sock liner graphic, I recreated pictures of my grandfather and included his jersey number,” Chi explained. “Titan and Jordan really trusted me and trusted me from the start.”
The Titan AJ2 uses a wide range of materials that give it a retro touch. The use of corduroy recalls the modern classic Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 1/97 while suede reappears on countless retro sneakers. But for Chi, it’s an ode to the 1950s. “We chose suede and corduroy because they were materials from that era. And I personally love the retro flavor it adds to the pair,” she said.
At the heart of Chi’s design is his grandfather’s legacy and she hopes it would be a beacon of hope for the next generation of basketball players. “Just being able to share a bit of Filipino basketball history is enough for me. What I hope is that it opens doors and inspires other young female Asian designers to dream big!
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