Famous Filipino fried chicken resto inspired one of the best merch at ComplexCon 2023
Beloved Filipino fried chicken restaurant Max’s just made a splash at the annual gathering for sneakerheads, music junkies, and pop culture enthusiasts in California called ComplexCon. This is all thanks to merch designed by Filipino-American designer Lennard Macaranas AKA Unkie Leroy featuring various Max’s logos and iconography throughout its 78-year history.
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For T-shirts, Macaranas used the restaurant’s early advertisements that feature a flamboyant cock courting a hen as well as the imagery of its mascot Chickie Boy. A standout in the lineup though is a red and white chore coat with a diamond checkered pattern that features all of the logos Max’s has had over the years. The merch was exclusively sold during ComplexCon on Nov. 18 and 19 in Long Beach, California at First We Feast’s Lagoon, which featured food merchants and other restaurant merch collaborations. Some sizes immediately sold out.
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Macaranas is the founder of the sustainable brand TrashmanGrn, which upcycles vintage fabric into new clothes. “Our whole brand is based off recycling and repurposing everything. Even little ends of things, I reuse all the scraps,” he told Complex in an interview. TrashmanGrn was launched in 2019, also at ComplexCon.
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Max’s began in 1945 after World War II. Its first location in Quezon City catered to American troops, serving chicken, steak, and drinks. “The House That Fried Chicken Built” now operates over 170 restaurants in the Philippines, North America, Canada, and the Middle East.