It has just been about 2 weeks since NIGO, the emperor of streetwear, left BAPE, the brand he found. In February 2011 news came out that NIGO had sold 90% of the Bape brand to Hong Kong’s I.T. After almost 20 successful years in the business, NIGO said at the time that the business side of BAPE had not been taken care of properly and therefore resulted in some financial difficulties and eventually in the sale. We are very sad to see him leave, BAPE won’t be the same without him, he definitely shaped an era. This is a Moodboard in honor of NIGO, the streetwear mastermind. (more…)
20 years ago this month, NIGO borrowed 4 million yen from a mate to create his own bespoke label and name it after his favourite film “The Planet of Apes”. Check out every relevant hip-hop music video, you can always spot the apes somewhere. Dexter Navy went on the streets of LA to shoot a native selection of finely dressed curb crawlers for ID magazine. Ian Connor, Anwar Carrots and the incredibly talented Travis Scott. Read their thought on the label after the jump. (more…)
Pharrell talks about his new book “Places and Spaces I’ve been” and attends a book signing at Marc Jacob’s store BOOK MARC at Los Angeles. I haven’t seen the book yet, want to read it though. He also takes not much credit for the book, it’s not just a book about him, more about everything that was given to him, but see yourself. Below a little goodie, the Ferrari 458 x BAPE collab in camo colourway. (more…)
KYOTO. Showcasing the recent SX-70 Polaroid camera for The Impossible Project and its capabilities, NIGO displays a few samples at his IMPOSSIBLE for BAPE exhibition at BAPE GALLERY KYOTO this week.With photographers such as Keiichi Nitta, Meisa Fujishiro, TAKAHIROMIYASHITA, Takashi Kumagai, Tetsu Nishiyama and NIGO himself, the gallery displays the original Polaroid images as well as 900mm prints of each for sale to the general public for ¥150,000 JPY (approximately $1,919 USD). The film used by each artist are of original design, with either a super-imposed Ape Head or camouflage overlay visible over the image once developed. In addition to the artwork on the wall, a NIGO photograph and his own camera are presented for guests to check out. Visit the BAPE GALLERY in Kyoto, Japan for the exhibition, which runs from September 23 to October 21.
KYOTO. In seiner neuen Impossible for BAPE Ausstellung in der BAPE Gallery KYOTO stellt Nigo ein paar Samples seiner vor kurzem releasten SX-70 Polaroid Kamera zur schau. Die Ausstellung zeigt eine Bandbreite von originalen Polaroid Shots und 900mm prints zum Kauf für die Allgemeinheit. Die Bilder sind nicht alle von NIGO, der erfolgreiche Designer und Musiker stellt hier Werke von Keiichi Nitta, Meisa Fujishiro, Takahiromiyashita, Takashi Kumagai und Tetsu Nishiyama aus. Jeder Film der von den Photographen benutzt wurde hat ein besonderes Design, dadurch wird ein ikonischer Ape-Head oder ein Camouflage Muster sichtbar sobald das Bild entwickelt wurde. Keine BAPE Ausstellung ohne Apes. Die Ausstellung ist gestern in die Startlöcher gegangen und läuft bis zum 21. Oktober.