Statement t-shirts became a trend in the late 2000s and now they are back and slowly penetrating the local scene today.
Ocicat.ph is definitely one of a kind Instagram-based online shop. Started by USLS BS I.T. Junior, Martini Falco, which he said sprouted from a spur-of-the-moment idea.
“Ocicat.ph started last year, in 2016 and Ocicat is actually my favorite breed [of cats] and it’s also my Tumblr username which I started in 2013,” he said.
What differs Ocicat.ph’s products is that it’s unique and expresses statements that are timely to today’s societal issues. The ‘Love Knows No Boundaries’ collection for instance, gives the statement that love is for everyone and it does not matter if we love the same gender or not. Meanwhile, the ‘Probinsyana/Probinsyano’ collection, which is the latest one, embraces the idea of your hometown. The shirt gives the impression that we should be proud that we are from the province.
With his business reaching different areas in the country and even abroad, Martini’s future plans include expanding more designs and possibly venture out to a variety of products as well.
Ocicat.ph’s prices start at PhP 300.00 and it’s definitely worth the price. Personally, I own two shirts (Love Knows No Boundaries in Black and Probinsyana in White.) The quality of the shirts are nice, it doesn’t use cheap shirts at all. The printing quality is very commendable. It’s not your usual silkscreen printing because the prints are very bold and big. The material doesn’t peel off as well.
However, the t-shirt is a little too thick for the tropical weather but a couple of trips to the laundry, and the shirt isn’t too hot to wear anymore. But nonetheless, I give is 5/5.