Titan x Nike LeBron 19 Low “Beyond The Seas”: A Love Letter to Manila
Dedicated to Filipinos, inspired by the Philippines' cultural history of myth and magic.
[Update 25 Aug] Formerly known as the Nike LeBron 19 Low “Agimat”, new details have emerged revealing the pair to actually be another collaboration with Philippine retailer, Titan. Now called “Beyond the Seas”, it draws inspiration from the fabled mythical creature locals identify as Leon de Ultramar, or a sea lion in English.
It is impossible to overstate the significance of the half-lion, half-dolphin symbol, which initially appeared on the coat of arms of the City of Manila. The image has an important place in the history of the nation, whose name comes from the prior authority of the Spanish aristocracy. Centuries after its birth, the Ultramar continues to exist while remaining undetected. It can be seen in all facets of Filipino life and culture, including corporate logos, city flags, and official seals.
The Titan x Nike LeBron 19 Low “Beyond The Seas” will be available in Titan’s brick-and-click on 4th September, with a wider release on SNKRS and the Philippines NBA store set for the 8th.
Filipinos love basketball, basketball loves LeBron, and LeBron loves the Philippines. It is indeed a full-circle love affair between these three. Manila has shown love to King James by way of a full-court mural, and he reciprocates via his sneakers—the special “Agimat” series, which translates to charm or amulet in Tagalog. This’s in reference to the Philippines’ cultural history of myth and magic.
The Agimat colorway has previously been applied to the LeBron Soldier 12, the 14, and the 16 Low, with the latest being the 19 to get this ‘magical’ treatment. This time however, they do away with its usual blue and gold for a more regal white and gold color palette, just as fitting for a king.
Metaphorically, the lion has always been emblematic of kingship, taking its place on a throne. As it were, King James’ lion insignia sits on the sneaker’s tongue adorned with his “Crown” logo above. The golden scheme extends to other branding elements particularly on the Swooshes on the lateral heel and forefoot. Gold flecking can be seen on the laces and hanging atop it is an eye-catching, decorative, polygonal lion pendant.
Deviating from the monarchic motif, LeBron expresses his adoration for the country on the mudguards. Printed on the right pair in his own handwriting are the words, “THE PASSION FOR BASKETBALL IN PHILIPPINES IS INCREDIBLE” and on the left, “I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO MANILA AGAIN.” All of which are built on top of a crystal blue outsole.
There’s no release date yet but as with previous iterations, they’ll be aptly released in Manila first before receiving a global drop.
Before King James, there was His Royal Airness, Michael Jordan. Check out one of the latest iterations of the Jordan 1, the similarly white Nike Air Jordan 1 High Utility Stash “White Nylon”.