Nigo is the undoubtedly one of the forefathers of streetwear. He left Bape over two years ago to focus on other ventures, and the brand is still thriving today. One of his most notable projects to date is his new label Human Made. It is a unique situation; Nigo, native to Japan, has created a line centered around Americana graphics and motifs.
While Bape was more true to streetwear’s rugged reputation, his new line’s offerings propose an antithesis to the common aesthetic. Still irrevocably cool, Nigo injects his 50’s era adoration into Human Made’s graphics with whimsical illustrations. This season is marked with signature style graphics and highlighted by Nigo’s take on the classic striped tee.
The collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.
At the risk of sounding like a geriatric, I remember the Bape website before there was an online shop in the United States. I remember grabbing an AOL dial-up disk from Target and logging on to geek over the new lookbooks. Most importantly, I remember that jam that used to play when my 56k modem finally reached the site.
When we saw all of the new Bape at the Gallery, we decided to feed our nostalgia. The result: an insane amount of fits to pay homage to the beloved streetwear giant, set to Nigo’s iconic Year 3878. Check out the video above for camo, neon, and nonsense.
The full collection is available in store and online at RSVP Gallery. For more information or to place an order email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666
Neon and Nonsense has been busy. For the 11th installment, we traveled to Florence, Italy, Tampa, Los Angeles, and the rainforest. Right at home in Chicago we were blessed with the presence of Young Thug and Lil Yachty, along with the rest of their associates at RSVP Gallery. In Italy, we headed to the legendary Pitti Uomo showcase to get an inside look at the newest collections from Raf Simons and Gosha Rubchinskiy. In LA we took to Tyler, the Creator’s extravagant Golf fashion show. While down in Tampa, we partied with YesJulz, as she brought out Robb Bank$ and Playboi Carti to join the festivities.
Watch the episode above for a full dose of the Nonsense™ and stay tuned for more rare footage. If you haven’t already, check out episode 10 when we tackled Tokyo.
Bape has entrenched itself into history with its undeniably discernible camo colorways and graphics. Since 1993, the streetwear juggernaut has towered above its competition, creating some of the most iconic pieces in recent memory. The Shark hoodie and its slew of successors have been at the pinnacle, holding grail status since their introduction. Twenty-three years and counting, there is no sign of slowing down for the Japanese powerhouse.
RSVP Gallery took to the rainforest to capture Bape’s newest season in its element. With the continued motif of camo variations, it was necessary to get to the core of the brand’s identity. Our team hung out with the gorillas, crocodiles, and snakes while swathed in this season’s most covetable pieces. A fresh grip of classic shark hoodies, camo pants, swim shorts, and graphic tees are at the center of this season’s exhibition. With the debut of their newest ‘Tropical’ camo variation, Bape is back at it again in rare form.
The newest season is available in-store at RSVP Gallery with select pieces online. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-6666.
If you have ever stopped by the Gallery, you’ve inevitably peeped into the glass case. Always filled with accessories, toys, and other necessities, we like to keep a constant rotation of essential goods on display. For this series, we head to the case and highlight the most coveted items available right now.
Just Don Keychain: By now, it’s well known that Don C. only uses the highest quality materials. He continues here with premium python leather and lambskin with logo embossed gold hardware.
Human Made Mug Set: Nigo enjoys his coffee; he opened his own café in 2014 and Human Made’s web store is titled ‘COLDCOFFEE.’ It only made sense that he collaborated with Pacific Furniture Service to created these stackable mugs.
RSVP Gallery Pin Set: Small enamel pins donning our debossed logo. An essential for anyone’s collection.
Alexander Wang Zip Wallet: A lowkey piece in premium bovine leather with Wang’s signature styling. Features two cardholders on the exterior, zip pouch, and rhodium stud details.
Bape Phone Case: Bape’s formula is tried and true. Simple clear plastic shell case with signature branding. Enough said.
APC & Robert Geller Bracelets: Wristwear goes beyond a nice watch. If you can’t quite afford the gold Rolly, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the luxury of nice accessories. APC and Robert Geller are known for their quality and there are no exceptions in these bracelets.
mastermind Japan x Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses: This collaboration only makes sense; Oakley and mastermind Japan are known for their unrivaled quality. These shades come correct with mirrored lenses and mastermind Japan’s signature skull and crossbones details on the lenses and arms.
Bape x Medicom Metallic Gold Bearbrick: This year, Bape celebrated their 23rd anniversary. Few streetwear brands have experienced that type of longevity, and even fewer have come close to their success. To celebrate, they released this Bearbrick, which features the Ape Head logo on the front and the number 23 on the back.
In the second offering of our ‘Staff Picks’ series, RSVP Gallery’s Creative Director Zach Coffman gives us a unique insight into his favorite items around the shop. Coffman has been a member of the team since 2011 and has had his hand in a number of iconic designs and collaborations over the years. Check out his picks below.
Readymade Duffle: This is an ill new brand. I really dig their craftiness and use of premium materials. I especially like that some of their items even come with stuffed animals 🐸💩⛺️
Bape Belt: This is pure nostalgia from the golden age of Bape. I might have to do this with a Louis belt, or better yet the Swarovski jawn with a Gucci belt. I’ve got some hunting to do… 💎🐒🚿📝
Just Don Hat: Don makes the go-to snakeskin cap. The buck-fifty. You can’t go wrong, natural or dyed. I have an affinity for the Larry Legend green brim special since I’m from Indiana 🐍🏀🎮
Despite BAPE being in existence for more than two decades, each seasonal drop is proof that BAPE stays true to its DNA. Renouncing trends, particularly this era’s affinity for minimalism, BAPE continues to deliver the bright and bold patterns we all know and love. This time around, get your dose of the iconic 1st Camo pattern on an insulated varsity bomber jacket or the Ape Head graphic on a classic coach jacket silhouette. If accessories are more of your thing, BAPE delivers with their BAPE Sta rendition of a hunter beanie and a mix-and-match patterned cap. Pieces like the large logo belt buckle prove that when it comes to BAPE, the label transcends both time and trends.