BAPE, aka A Bathing Ape, has long since achieved cult status in the streetwear scene. Founded in 1993 by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao), the label has everything it takes to stand out from the crowd: shark hoodies, cool sneakers and an unmistakable campaign design. If you immediately think of “Planet of the Apes” when you see the pieces, you’re not wrong – the founder of the Nigo brand was inspired by the cult film series for his collections.
BAPE streetwear online shop
BAPE was one of the first brands of streetwear and would appear in the first chapter of a book on the history of streetwear. But although there were already fans back then and BAPE made its big American debut in mid-2000, only the last few years have become really interesting for streetwear. Because now the streetwear has reached the mainstream. The development of the hypotheses around BAPE started very small in Japan.