Jason Magbanua slays in New York City with homegrown shoe brand

Words by Maryss Ong
Photos by Je Villaroman

Everyone’s familiar with wedding videographer extraordinaire Jason Magbanua but recently, we’ve made a discovery: he rocks just as hard in front of the camera. Strolling the streets of NYC means loads of #OOTDs but we couldn’t help but notice Jason’s new look. Far from the usual tailored suits, he was seen in a leather jacket and killer jeans. And those kicks? We were expecting a pair of Ferragamo’s (a well-known groomsman staple), but to our pleasant surprise, he was sporting one of our own.

Marquina Shoemaker is a newcomer in the industry but already offers a full range of leather shoes made exclusively by Filipino talents. Hailing from Marikina, it has since then reached different parts of the globe with its aggressive digital marketing and increasing customer base. its pairs are perfect for both Manila’s comfort-driven style and New York’s runway-ready streets. The brand took their suede and soles to the big apple to parade Filipino craftsmanship like no other – and what better way to represent them in the East Coast than with Jason himself?

Rock a dapper look with Marquina’s classic kicks.

What makes Marquina standout is its challenge to the stereotype of classic silhouettes being exclusively formal pairs, best worn by older men in fancy suits. Its mission is simple: modern shoes for modern men. Jeans and a tee? No problem. Make it dapper with the breathable, sand suede Gomez Chukka Boots. In the office? Spruce up your work clothes with a pair of chestnut Marquez Monkstraps. If you’re really dressing to impress, the Quezon Longwings are your partners-in-crime.

Jason rocked the chukkas to add an extra and well-deserved outfit boost to his walks around Manhattan, while this impromptu campaign was an opportunity found in sheer coincidence, the right place, the right time and, most importantly, the right people. We can only surmise that this brand is one to look out for, capable of creating a pair of shoes that meet the embodiment of a modern gentleman.


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