A Bathing Ape

A Bathing Ape (Bape)

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A Bathing Ape (ア・ベイシング・エイプ) was founded by Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao) in 1993. Besides clothing stores, A Bathing Ape also runs businesses like a beauty salon, a gallery coffee shop and a record store.

Born in Gunma Prefecture, Nigo initially worked as an editor for popeye magazine before opening his first store, called ‘Nowhere’ on April 1, 1993 in Harajuku, Tokyo.

The inspiration for his brand name ‘A Bathing Ape’ comes from the movie ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968) and a Japanese saying, ‘a bathing ape in lukewarm water,’ which is a reference to someone being spoiled.

Nigo’s fame –‘confirmed’ by an exclusive CNN interview on February 28, 2006– started when the lead singer of the Japanese band Cornelius started wearing Bape shirts on stage.

Although, A Bathing Ape is especially famous for its t-shirts, the company’s products include a wide range of fashion items from hoodies to footwear.

Contact Data

NOWHERE Co. Ltd., 5-5-8 MInami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062 JAPAN
(+81) 03-5410-4457
Japanese fashion

Review A Bathing Ape (Bape)

I love Bape!

Can you please tell me if the Bapes here are authentic



Jul 22, 2008 (4197 days ago)

Please send updated information on Bathing Ape. Thanks!

Nicholas Lau
Aug 22, 2008 (4166 days ago)

cool design!

Jan 7, 2009 (4028 days ago)

how i find this band in thailand.

Apr 12, 2010 (3568 days ago)

@Pang-Pang: I don’t know…

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 12, 2010 (3568 days ago)

why is it banned in Thailand ?

Japon Style
May 24, 2011 (3161 days ago)

how can i find the about bape?

Jul 30, 2015 (1633 days ago)

@vicky: I don’t understand what you mean. Please explain.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 30, 2015 (1633 days ago)