A Bathing Ape, also known as BAPE, is a Japanese streetwear brand founded in 1993 by NIGO. It encompasses men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as a variety of accessories and lifestyle items. Learn more about BAPE Hong Kong below.

Where to buy A Bathing Ape in Hong Kong? | What does A Bathing Ape mean? | Is Bathing Ape cheaper in Japan?


BAPE’s Most Memorable Collaborations Hong Kong

From its early days as a small streetwear brand customizing vintage garments with patches and left-over fabrics, A Bating Ape is now one of the largest streetwear labels in the world with a reach that transcends the vast landscape of popular culture. Between furniture manufacturers, soft drink companies, television shows, musicians, graffiti artists, and video games, BAPE’s archive of partnerships is all-encompassing.

BAPE x Barbie

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, BAPE HK collaborated with a number of high-profile brands ranging from UGG to G-Shock. A pop culture icon in her own right, there isn’t a plastic glass ceiling she hasn’t broken. Combining BAPE’s classic Camo patterns with Barbie’s signature pink colour, the collection includes apparel for women and children, and of course, a small offering of Barbie dolls with interchangeable garments and accessories courtesy of BAPE.

BAPE x Dr. Martens

BAPE showed in 2018 that it’s not all about sneakers, partnering with the iconic English footwear brand Dr. Martens on a range of golden steel toe boots and shoes. For this one, BAPE’s cloud camo was subtly embossed across the premium leather while gold eyelets and ape head lace deubrés matched the toe.

BAPE x Paris Saint-Germain

A year after opening its storefront in the Le Marais district of Paris, BAPE teamed up with football club Paris Saint-Germain on a lifestyle collection for PSG’s diehard fans. With 13 limited edition pieces (and three pieces exclusively available for supporters of the capital), the collection included full-zip hoodies, T-shirts, sweats, gym bags, neck warmers, and a highly sought-after long down jacket.

BAPE x Medicom Toy

In 2016, Medicom Toy—best known for its BE@RBRICK figure—teamed up with BAPE to create 100%, 400%, and 1000% BE@RBRICK figurines boasting the 1st Camo shark pattern. BAPE and Medicom Toy collaborated again in 2017 on an apparel collection inspired by the BE@RBRICK silhouette. In 2018, BAPE and Medicom Toy released another BE@RBRICK, this time with READYMADE featuring the brand’s familiar army green and a recreation of the iconic Shark Hoodie in military fabrics with a functioning zipper, ribbed hems, and 3D patches.

Where to buy A Bathing Ape in Hong Kong?

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in Tokyo, buying BAPE at an actual store can be a real task. Since I.T’s takeover, however, there are loads of options for where to buy BAPE, with the added luxury of trying it on before you buy. Asian heads have the best deal, naturally. You’ll find a BAPE shop in every corner of Japan, with myriad outposts dotted around China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Taipei, and Thailand.

Head to the BAPE online store for a full list of brick-and-mortar retailers.

What does A Bathing Ape mean?

The brand’s full name is A Bathing Ape in lukewarm water and has two meanings. The first and most obvious is a reference to the film Planet of the Apes. The second meaning refers to the Japanese method of bathing which typically involves water at a temperature above 40 degree celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Is Bathing Ape cheaper in Japan?

BAPE products are much cheaper in Japan. In the United States, prices for A Bathing Ape items are definitely priced higher than they are in Japan stores.

How did BAPE start?

BAPE was founded by one man- the legend that is Nigo, with a little help from his friends. Like most of Japan’s streetwear brands, the label emerged from the underground Harajuku scene. Nigo opened up a clothing store, ‘NOWHERE,’ with his contemporary Jun Takahashi of Undercover, and subsequently started designing his own clothes in collaborating with the elusive designer Sk8thing. Launching a label on a shoestring budget led to the unintentional invention of the two elements that form the backbone of today’s streetwear model- hype and scarcity.

Who owns BAPE?

BAPE was sold to Hong Kong fashion conglomerate I.T in 2011, after struggling to combat the counterfeit market. Although Nigo stepped down from the company a few years later, the brand is still going strong and the streetwear crowd continues to go ape for BAPE.