It’s been over 20 years since the inception of A BATHING APE. It was recently announced that brand founder Nigo was leaving BAPE. Despite his departure the brand has created a formidable legacy through it’s shops, products, collaborations and brand ambassadors.
Below is a visual collage of key images, moments, people, products and collaborations in the vulnerable streetwear brand’s history.
MUCH MUCH MORE AFTER THE JUMP
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A Bathing Ape celebrates the 20th anniversary of the legendary streetwear shop NOWHERE with a series of commemorative t-shirts and a limited canvas print. Included in the range are collaborations with heavyweights such as Jun Takahashi of Undercover, SK8THING, Kanye West, Pharrell, Futura , VERBAL and Stash.
The shirts will first be sold at the 20th anniversary exhibition at T-SITE Garden Gallery TSUTAYA in Daikanyama and then online at Zozotown and in-shop at BAPE flagships worldwide.
See the entire range of shirts and list of collaborators after the jump
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Simon wears vintage Valentino and Patrik Ervell
Alyssa wears Undercover
Jimmy wears A Bathing Ape, Supreme and Nike
Jamie wears Whyred , Opening Ceremony, Acne and a Philip Lim handbag
Sofia wears Chloe, Thierry Colson and Anndra Neen for Opening Ceremony
Rhamier wears Raf Simons, Comme des Garcons Homme and Komakino
While many of my friends own designer goods, their everyday lives are far removed from the images of luxury that brands flaunt in magazine advertisements or perfume commercials. I know many who have hustled to own the clothes they love, whether through using friend’s discounts, buying at consignment shops or lining up for sample sales. This photo series celebrates anyone who’s saved or sacrifice to live everyday in New York a bit more stylishly.
Photos by Rocky Li
This year A Bathing Ape turns 20 years old. Honeyee features several interviews reflecting on how BAPE has evolved over the years. Key figures from BAPE’s development including C.E designer SK8THING, and architect/interior designer Wonderwall speak how how Nigo grew from an influental Ura Harajuku shop NOWHERE to becoming a major influence in worldwide fashion.
You can read the interviews on Honeyee.com
From the pages of the latest Bathing Ape catalog comes this editorial starring Toshimi Watanabe. Part of the BAPE family since the mid 90s, Toshimi was a member of the Japanese Hip-Hop ensemble TOKYO No.1. The pieces and styling on this shoot look fantastic but I also took notice of the mood expressed. Wearing a suit can often come across as stiff and unapproachable but little touches like the pink socks in the 4th look add a youthful casual touch to this grown-man look.
Are you an avid watcher of AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad? Prove that drug dealing and fashion blogging go hand in hand with this costume idea. Live out the ‘what-if scenario’ where Jessie Pinkman spends his guap on designer items.
This costume begs the question, wouldn’t streetstyle so much more interesting if Jessie Pinkman was on Jak & Jil?
Items from Left to Right
1. Rick Owens balaclava
2. Givenchy Shark Tooth Print t-shirt
3. Balenciaga Hi-Top White sneakers
4. A Bathing Ape (BAPE) Blue camo hoody
5. Balmain Men’s grey moto jeans
6. Cooking gas mask (optional)
7. LL Bean Yellow Rain-Coat (optional)
8. Blue Razz poprocks candy (optional), Ziploc Double-Zipper Bags (optional).
TK featured in J.Crew’s “Hello World” campaign
TK may not be a household name in America but he has silently created an empire in Hong Kong. Founder of the influential Milk magazine , TK has been a key style influencer in the Hong Kong scene and beyond. He is best known for his work with the brand and multimedia establishment Silly Thing. Through his work with Silly Thing, TK has collaborated with industry heavyweights including projects with A Bathing Ape, Undercover, Head Porter, and Bounty Hunter as well as countless other brands , artists, retail outlets and musicians.
What I admire about TK’s style it that he has a stylists eye but with a restraint and respect for the overall aesthetic. He’s been spotted in many different brands and looks but he always brings such a sense of cohesion with each individual outfit. Laying is always a challenging when dressing and TK always makes it look so easy. He knows to add enough to make a look stand out without adding too much to the point where it looks contumely. Ultimately TK has a great eye for design and it’s reflected in his own personal clothes. It’s quite uncommon to find someone who’s got comparably great taste in their work AND their own personal aesthetic and for that reason TK is one of my top style inspirations.
I feel fortunate to know some of the most stylish people in New York and I will be showcasing their wardrobes and outfits in a series of Style Portraits.
The very first Style Portrait is with ‘Mr.Junior Watanabe’ himself Scott M. I have known Scott for almost three years now and in that time I have seen him make great strides in his personal style. Besides owning more Junya than anyone else I know he has really come into his own amassing a coherent and versatile wardrobe that crosses all four seasons. I asked him to comment on some of his favorite looks and pieces below.
This is probably my favorite outfit, I love the way the Noragi compliments the down shirt as a layering piece. The color palette is perfect, and it certainly catches some eyes when I wear it.
This jacket is my most recent acquisition from Japanese brand Undercover, and has been sought after by me for some time in my size and color. I love how it plays well as a technical and casual piece but was easy enough to dress up with a tweed blazer underneath.
I like to keep the pants on the plain side when I wear this jacket since it’s pattern is so overwhelming, but love adding textural accents to break up what could risk being a safe look. The mixture of striped oxford with herringbone, with camouflage is a great way to keep it interesting.
For lighterweight outfits I generally like to go for an almost classic look of a navy jacket and washed out denim, but like the twist of textures with this blazer. The jacket’s fabric and collar detail paired with camouflage lined denim is a nice way for me to break up what would risk being a common look.
Junya Watanabe Boots FW09
These are my most prized possession, if my apartment ever burned to the ground…. they’d already be on my feet. I’ve worn them most days I can remember and they sum up my ideal shoe in every way. Each stain, wrinkle and knick has a story to it.
A Bathing Ape (BAPE) Manhunts
These were a piece I saw back in 09 or so and couldn’t get off my mind, and through a lucky ebay search I came upon them for a ludicrous price. The ripple sole on a Wally silhouette is just the perfect amount of uniqueness to a staple shoe.
Trickers Boots w/ custom laces
I actually have a very strong aversion to Leather shoes and prefer suede day in day out, but these just sort of clicked. The cap toe and brogue combo is a nice change of pace from a longwing, shortwing, etc.
Many people have seen these from Visvim and dropped their jaw at the $1,500 price, as did I. This is the original piece that it was based on, and is around 200 years old. This probably is the most unique piece that I own, rich indigo dye and beautiful texture.
White Mountaineering Vest
This piece is my dream winter outerwear, it’s the most versatile piece I own. It has a goretex liner so it’s great for snow, down filled, and looks amazing with a blazer underneath.
Junya Watanabe Red Down Shirt
This piece would be on my back as well in the burning house scenario, there is no jacket that has captivated me or kept me entertained, and I get bored quickly. It’s a great piece because you can layer under it, use it as an inner layer, and it has such a radiant color.
Junya Watanabe Reversible Hunting jacket
This was my first reversible piece from Junya, which is one of his signature concepts. The weave of the fabric is very dense, and it crosses a great border between hunting wear and tailored wear.
Junya Watanabe SS10 Navy Gingham Blazer
This piece was my first Spring summer Junya weight piece, and I don’t know if I even have any other spring jackets besides this, I don’t really need another one. The fabric is a wild blend of Nylon and Cotton so it has a coarse texture without being heavy.
Junya Watanabe Camo FW09 Jacket
This was my second favorite piece from the runway from f/w 09 and something I hunted for forever. It randomly popped up in my size at the right time, and to this day is one of my wilder pieces I own, the pattern is insane in person.
Screenprinted Junya Watanabe Levi’s
These are actually nuts in person, they’re a cotton twill that is feather light, but have a pair of levis screenprinted on them off-kilter, Junya has done this treatment a couple of times.
Camo Junya Watanabe Levi’s
The jeans have perfect wash and a great fit for me, the skewed pockets are an awesome detail, and I love the cuff lining.
Junya Watanabe Leather Pocket Jeans
These pants were the very first Junya item I bought, back on December 4th 2009, they mean more to me than any other trouser I own and just hold that special place.
All photography by Rocky Li