A Bathing Ape
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A Bathing Ape (ア・ベイジング・エイプ A Beijingu Eipu) (or BAPE) is a Japanese clothing brand founded by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao) in Ura-Harajuku in 1993.
The brand specializes in men’s, women’s and children’s lifestyle and street wear, running 19 stores in Japan, including Bape Stores, Bape Pirate Stores, Bape Kids Stores, Bapexclusive Aoyama, and Bapexclusive Kyoto.
The Kyoto store also includes Bape Gallery, a space used for various events and art shows sponsored by Bape.
There are also stores located in Hong Kong, New York City, London, Paris, Taipei, Los Angeles, China, Bangkok and Singapore.
The company previously operated (Busy Work Shop), Bape Cuts hair salon, Bape Café, BABY MILO and The cay Soldier. Nigo also founded the secondary lines AAPE (by A Bathing Ape) and BAPY (Busy Working Lady).
In 2011, the company had been sold to Hong Kong fashion conglomerate I.T Group. Nigo left the brand in 2013.
Nigo, founder and owner, cites his mother and father, who were a nurse and a billboard maker respectively, as major influences in the development of his character, though because they both worked, he spent a lot of time alone with toys.
He also credits DJ/fashion guru Hiroshi Fujiwara as his business model.
His nickname means “number two” in Japanese; the MD of Astrorobot, the fashion store, coined the moniker when he noted the physical resemblance to Fujiwara.
Nigo cites his early influences as Elvis, The Beatles and hip-hop acts such as Beastie Boys and Run–D.M.C.
After studying fashion editing at college, he worked as an editor and a stylist for Popeye magazine.
After borrowing four million yen from an acquaintance, who also let him use his shop, he opened “Nowhere”, his first store, along with Jun Takahashi of Undercover, on April 1, 1993, in Ura-Harajuku.
Deciding to start his own brand, he named it after the 1968 film Planet of the Apes.
According to Nigo, the name “BAPE” is a reference to “A Bathing Ape in Lukewarm Water”.
Japanese people typically have daily baths in water at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104 °F). As such, to bathe in lukewarm water is to complacently overindulge.
This is an ironic reference to the lazy opulence of the younger generation of Japanese, the brand’s own customers.
To expose the brand he gave T-shirts to the musician Cornelius who wore them when performing.
For two years he produced 30 to 50 shirts a week, selling half and giving half to friends.
Bape is a popular Japanese street fashion brand and with many celebrities appearing in magazines and catalogs wearing Bape‘s clothing.
These designs are used throughout the Bathing Ape range, on goodies, accessories, hoodies, jackets, T-shirts and shoes.
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