MANILA, Philippines — For Filipino illustrator Jappy Agoncillo, adidas Philippines couldn’t have picked a better artist to collaborate with on a special colorway of Utah Jazz goalie Donovan Mitchell’s latest signature shoe.
Which is to say, he knew Mitchell’s background was his perfect subject.
Like Agoncillo himself, Mitchell is a big fan of comic books and superheroes. The latter’s first projects with adidas were actually collaborations with the Marvel franchise.
According to Agoncillo, working on a shoe for someone like Mitchell feels like something written in the stars.
“I think a little bit of me thinks it was meant to be. Like it couldn’t be any other artist than me because it’s such a big part of my job,” Agoncillo said during Issue 3. from the DON “Origin Story” Launch at the adidas Brand Center on Friday.
“That’s what people identify in my work as ‘oh the comic style type that makes the murals look like comic books,'” he added.
Moving away from 2D murals, Agoncillo brought his love for comics and superheroes to life by designing the shoe with vibrant colors that would remind someone of a comic book cover.
Although admitting that he couldn’t have imagined being able to release his own shoe design when he started, the Filipino artist just felt that all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
“Doing this for the NBA player who is known for working with Marvel is just something that couldn’t have gone the other way, personally that’s how I believe it is,” he said. he declares.
DON’s ‘Origin Story’ Issue 3 is now available at the Brand Center starting today, while it will also be available at various adidas stores nationwide and in Southeast Asia by Sunday the 12th. June.
A pair of Filipino-designed shoes sells for 5,800 pesos.