A big part of the charm and aura of the Bape brand derived from its founder and Teriyaki Boyz member Nigo. Even if he’s not that much of a talker there is something about his personality that catches on to you and if it’s not that, there is still his keen sense of style. Many claim that Bape is dead and they’re completely right about this in terms of creativity, but there is still so much to love about the brand. Even if it’s just about everything that A Bathing Ape once was. I’ve been interested in Nigo for quite some time now and already own the book Atelier by Nigo which shows a big part of his collection and former house, which was now used by NOWHERE to host this special exhibition. If you are interested how it looked like a couple of years ago, when Nigo was still designing Bape and dressed like a true Hip Hop Boy, watch this two part video on youtube: Larger Than Lifestyle Part 1, Part 2. He shows his “warehouse”, a penthouse in Roppongi, as well. The place where he stores parts of his several collections and likes to work.
I didn’t know that Nigo sold his house to the I.T. group as well but he obviously did so. Would be interesting to read some more details about this deal especially considering that there is a very valuable collection of toys, art and everything else stored in this house. For the 20th anniversary of A Bathing Ape, the Nowhere group transformed Nigo’s former crib into a Bape museum. Not much work to be done except keeping everything safe for a public opening. If you’re around in Tokyo you definitely shouldn’t miss this. No matter if you’re a Bape-fanboy or not.
The Japanese blog fashionsnap.com visited the exhibition and made even more photos of the Bape 20th Anniversary exhibition!
BAPELAND – Till November 24th
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 19:30
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 2-28-12 Jingu-mae
Entrance fee: 1,000¥
Photos by Brendan Shigeta/hypebeast