BAPE (“A Bathing Ape”) has been bringing Japanese street style to the world since 1993. Situated in the heart of Tokyo – one of the world’s leading fashion hubs – BAPE has remained a symbol of street fashion for more than 27 years.
In late 2020, the two brands gave streetwear fans a glimpse at what could be, with a limited-edition Vans Customs collection, sold exclusively in China. Fast forward nearly a year, and for their first global collection, it’s only fitting that they bring together their iconic identities for an apparel and footwear range that redefines classic silhouettes.
The first drop of the collection includes two of Vans’ most recognizable footwear styles – the Sk8-Hi 38 DX and the Authentic 44 DX. The Sk8-Hi 38 DX features BAPE’s ABC camo outline, with a classic Vans black and white twist. A custom camo tongue label and statement red Waffle outsole add an elevated touch. For fans of A Bathing Ape’s iconic camo print, the Authentic 44 DX combines BAPE’s first-ever camo and Vans’ ripstop canvas for a more low-key look.
Completing the collection is a statement hoodie available in two colorways – black and heather grey – featuring a mash-up of logos and camo prints.
The Vans x BAPE collection will be sold exclusively at Vans and BAPE retail locations and at Vans.com and Bape.com. The collection will be available beginning November 1st in China, followed by November 13th for the Asia-Pacific region, and will land in the select Americas retail locations and EMEA on November 29th followed by vans.com on November 30th.