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Made Different: Bigboy Cheng and Quang Minh Are Champions of Street Culture

They're making waves for streetwear in the Philippines and Vietnam.
Made Different: Bigboy Cheng and Quang Minh Are Champions of Street Culture

If you've so much as observed the streetwear scene in Metro Manila at any point in the past three decades, then you probably already know who Bigboy Cheng is. If you don't, then be apprised: The man is a prolific collector and purveyor of sneakers, streetwear, and street art, and the mind behind Secret Fresh Gallery and the Ronac Art Center. He's a progenitor, a first mover, a guy who was into all of this before you and your older brother were. Essentially, he's a pioneer of street culture in our parts.

Right across the pond from us is another scene: one that calls Ho Chi Minh City its home. Vietnam has its own budding, burgeoning street subculture, populated by unique brands and possessed by a burning desire to break free from long-standing norms and conventions. Among these brands is Headless—a clothing label designed for the city, and in many ways, by the city. At its helm is the creative visionary Quang Minh.

These two men—Bigboy Cheng and Quang Minh—are a whole sea apart and from vastly different backgrounds, yet they share a similar purpose. They're both champions of street culture, for Manila and Ho Chi Minh respectively. By building brands and fostering communities around a passion for clothes, music, and art, they helped shape the identity of their cities' streets.

That’s why both Bigboy Cheng and Quang Minh are part of the Hennessy Very Special Vanguard Society, which honors Hennessy’s commitment to creative expression.

Conceived as a platform for showcasing the work and lives of avant garde creatives, the Vanguard Society is a celebration of the energy and excitement of artistic innovation. At once local and global in scope, this initiative by Hennessy aims to introduce audiences to some of today’s most compelling artists and inventive influencers, and to give them a unique space in which to share their vision with the world.

The Vanguard Society features a broad spectrum of creative talent. Though these artists come from different walks of life, they have much in common: each has a sense of self-determination, a game-changing creative approach, and a desire to shake up the system. Together, this collective represents the spirit of Hennessy Very Special: to “Never Stop. Never Settle."

For more information about Hennessy Very Special, check out its official website.

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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with HENNESSY VERY SPECIAL.
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