The full name as aficionados will tell you is A Bathing Ape, now known to all and sundry in the street fashion world as BAPE. This cult label began in Tokyo in 1993 with the mission of bringing the cutting edge of Japanese fashion to the world. In that aim, it's more than far to say, BAPE has succeeded. Each drop of sneakers, in particular, sells out and there's high demand, too, for boldly-styled shirts, t-shirts and jackets.
BAPE was founded by former pop star and DJ Tomoaki Nagao. Nigo, as he's universally known, started with small collections of t-shirts and hoodies at his Nowhere store in Tokyo, referencing his favourite film 'Planet of the Apes' when it came to naming his clothing brand. Underground popularity became worldwide cult status with the first BAPE sneakers, released in 2002. Collaborations with — among many others — Commes des Garçons, Stüssy, Timberland and Supreme have followed. Among global BAPE boutiques is a flagship store in Kyoto incorporating an arts and performance space.
BAPE's sizing is generally true to size. Sneakers are to US sizing standards so be sure to check your usual size to find the correct fit. The BAPE clothing style is for a relaxed look, and if you'd prefer a more snug feel then consider going down a size. If in any doubt, order two of the same BAPE piece to compare and contrast sizing in the comfort of your home.
Discover why you need a pair of minimalist trainers
We'll keep you up to date.