January 24, 2013
Mr Bathing Ape started life as a vehicle for BAPE’s founder Nigo to combine the success he has enjoyed from his world renowned streetwear company with his passion for Saville Row’s classic tailoring. The results were phenomenal. In collaboration with design from United Arrows the graphics and signature patterns from his mainline were united with heritage tailored cuts, creating some spectacular pieces. The Spring/Summer 2013 collection continues the success of this approach, showing how Mr. Bathing Ape has matured, bursting out of the great Ape’s shadow.
This collection sees a move toward less formal pieces, maintaining the standards set by the brand’s suiting, but translating them into a polos and crewnecks. Finished impeccably, these pieces feature a highly detailed stitched chest emblem, bearing the brands motto, “Ape Shall Never Kill Ape”. A particular highlight for us here at End is the brands foray into denim. The Rigid Denim Jean is constructed from branded taped selvedge denim, finished with the brands motto and featuring moustache shaped pocket stitch detail. Evidence of how successfully Nigo incorporates his flair for motif design into everything he does.
As ever with a Mr. Bathing Ape collection, suiting is well represented. This time in the form their Type 3 Cotton Blazer and Trousers, constructed from high quality cotton with the many of details which we have come to expect from the brand, such as tonal camouflage lining. BAPE’s famous camo also makes an appearance in the form of the exceptional 1st Camo Seersucker Blazer and on a 100% Silk 9cm tie.
Check out what Nigo has to offer this coming SS13 below.