Nov 21, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE FINAL

BATHING WITH THE APE FINAL

What are your feelings about BAPE as a brand and as a company now? Where do you see it going.


ENGLAND

ROB
It always had it's playful side, but now I see it only for kids. But I'm nearing 40 years old so what do I know?

WAYNE
Not for me. The cut and designs of BAPE today are all wrong. It was good while it lasted.

JAMES

BAPE as I know it doesn't exist anymore. It ceased trading when I.T took over and NIGO finally left. In my mind, BAPE now is a completely separate company. People might say that’s stupid but it makes perfectly good sense to me. As i stated before, BAPE for me wasn't just a brand name, it was a lifestyle. You cant take the creative force and pretty much everyone that helped build that out of the equation and still think its gonna be the same because its not.

Where do I see it going? I honestly don't care.

Nov 18, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 5

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 5

We always used to talk about our “Grails”. Was there anything that you never actually managed to get hold off?


ENGLAND

ROB
No, I think I managed to track down all the grails I coveted! My favorite being the crew-neck collab with The Real McCoys worn in the pics from our Summer meet-up back in the day.

WAYNE
I'm done now.

JAMES
I always wanted the BAPE jacket that Kimura Takuya wore in the TV series “HERO”. Its a piece that has never seemed to lose its value though, which is often too much for my liking. Also the camo adidas superstars. I had a good chance to buy a pair for a decent price and didn’t. massively regret that.

Nov 13, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 4

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 4


I often hear people say that BAPE was more than just clothes, it was a lifestyle. What’s your opinion on this statement? Do you agree or disagree? Why?


ENGLAND

ROB
I fully agree. In hindsight the clothing was second to the movement and the philosophy. I struggled often with the clothing and designs but it never hindered my respect for the people associated with what was going on back in the early 2000s.

WAYNE
If by lifestyle you mean:

A)can't go out on the eve of a drop so you get there early the next day
B) always broke and
C) posted fits of yourself on the internet to strangers then yeah i guess there was some kind of lifestyle.

It was like any nerdy circle of fans who all have a common interest. This just happened to be about clothes. At times I got the feeling it was more to some people than that though. Uber fans.

JAMES
100% agree. Before being a BAPE fan I wasn't that interested in finding out about what was coming out from the brands I liked or what was happening with the designer and the company. I was wearing Stussy for years before I discovered BAPE but that was just a brand i liked that i went to a store and bought something new that i thought was cool. It was run by a guy named Shawn. That’s all i knew and cared about. I think because BAPE branched out into things that weren't just clothing, with the BAPE Cafe etc. that I suddenly realized that i could potentially have BAPE everything haha. Also I met a lot of good people through it.

Nov 5, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 3

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 3

What was it that kept you interested in the brand? What did BAPE mean to you?


ENGLAND

ROB
I stayed for the community aspect. I grew tired of the new designs and hunted for the OG pieces for a time. I had favorite purchases but it's telling that I no longer own any Bape, well apart from a small towel.

WAYNE
Hype man! The hype!

JAMES
The exclusivity was one reason. Knowing that the chance of me seeing someone else wearing what I had on was ridiculously low was something I liked. Id never been one to want to wear what everyone else was wearing. And if i did i always tried to do it slightly differently. Also the BAPETALK2 community was great to be involved with that you just kept coming back for more. It was a family feeling.

Oct 23, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 2

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 2

What was your first purchase? How did you get it? (eBay, BWS, etc.)

ENGLAND

ROB
A couple of fake items from eBay: t-shirts and a sweatshirt. My first legit piece was the APE HEAD and cross bones full zip hoody. Bought through Anjinzuka whilst he was in Japan.

WAYNE
It was the large Ape head cross bone hoody. Still a striking piece in my book

JAMES
I purchased a college logo T from eBay which turned out to be fake. After this experience I only wanted to buy directly and for Japan retail so it took me a while to get my first legit purchase, which was a pair of Bapestas from the Harajuku BWS. They were the Halloween Mummy versions. I remember them telling me that it was the last pair of only 2 size US12 they had received. I kept them until they literally fell apart haha.

LAST ORGY 2 - LO3 #17 01/01/1996

Features: LO3 x 7Stars x YOPPI x HET-TIC, Mura Jun, NEIGHBORHOOD, Judge Dredd

LAST ORGY 2 - LO3 #17 01/01/1996

LAST ORGY 2 - LO3 #16 12/01/1995

Features: Ben Folds Five, Star Wars, NEIGHBORHOOD, Crazy Pig, collectable laser disks, Stussy, Les Paul, NEIGHBORHOOD store.

LAST ORGY 2 - LO3 #16 12/01/1995

Oct 22, 2014

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 1

Welcome to BATHING WITH THE APE.

This initially started as a post where I wrote about my feelings towards possibly the most famous streetwear brand of all time, A BATHING APE. This would cover from the time I discovered the brand, enjoying the heydays, and what I think about the company now. After writing for a while I realized that there were plenty of other people that had gone through the same thing as I had so why not turn this into a bigger event? Why not indeed.

So, spread over 6 parts, here are the insights, thoughts, experiences, and opinions of some of the good people that I met of the years that I spent Bathing with the APE.

BATHING WITH THE APE PART 1


Oct 21, 2014

A CLOSER LOOK: THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT 2014 F/W "STAND TALL" COLLECTION ITEMS

Today we bring you A CLOSER LOOK at some of the items belonging to the recently released STAND TALL collection from THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT.

STAND TALL

THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT



Oct 1, 2014

THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT 2014 FALL/WINTER "STAND TALL" COLLECTION LOOKBOOK

THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT is back with its latest collection for the current fall/winter season. STAND TALL picks up perfectly from the previous season with another solid array of familiar items such as checked shirts, T-shirts, and jackets along side some new additions that include mugs and bags.

The STAND TALL collection will release today, Wednesday 1st October at 1pm GMT.


THE MOVING DEVELOPMENT 2014 FALL/WINTER "STAND TALL" COLLECTION