BAPE losing popularity discussion

Feb 27, 2012 @ 22:45
never was a big fan of bape, some of their shit is nice but the neon colours dont do it for me. mainstream media isn't wearing it anymore = no one else is.

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Feb 27, 2012 @ 23:59
they were waaaaay over hyped.

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Feb 28, 2012 @ 00:56
might look like its losing popularity but still manages to sell out on jackets and other big ticket items..


...i think its gaining popularity....wale ... wizk....and others are bringing it back.
Mar 01, 2012 @ 23:19
^fuck outta here that's how bape ended up "losing popularity" or its appeal. rappers started to OD on the shit and so did the mainstream public. nigo recently sold bape and started something new called human made which is like super limited. idk if that was before or after he sold it. and it looks like supreme is heading down the same road.

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Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:55
for all the bapeheads still out there, PM ME. i got a lot of OG gear sitting in my closet 4 $ale
Mar 03, 2012 @ 16:25
Q4. To those who have shopped at BAPE, were you more satisfied with their clothes back in its prime than you are with the clothes they give today?
Mar 08, 2012 @ 00:32
Bump :D
Mar 09, 2012 @ 16:15
because they copied the air force 1 and charged double...

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Mar 10, 2012 @ 22:10
Hmmm. I think bapes popularity downfall went something like this....rappers make hype, generates fakes, mak es an expensive brand cheap, which makes it accessible to the masses=overkill. I remember way back in the day (most of you were probably in elementary), i walked around aomori japan for hours trying to find the bape store. Few years later i went home to n.c. And you could buy some fake ass $hit for 10 bucks. That hurt my soul to be walking around town in what i felt was the flyest shit ever at the time, and to see dudes everywhere baped out. Ugh. And for those sayin that bape needs to do something new? I dont get what you guys are talking about. Baby milo t's, camo, and the bright colors are only one side of the brand. They make plenty of stuff you wouldnt have the slightest clue that bathing ape made it.

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Mar 11, 2012 @ 03:34
Counterfeit and Supreme killed Supreme IMO.
Mar 12, 2012 @ 18:39
Bape have been doing products other than the more famous and overhyped products with the camoflauge and baby milo etc.







Q4. To those who have shopped at BAPE, were you more satisfied with their clothes back in its prime than you are with the clothes they give today?
Mar 12, 2012 @ 23:58
No, I prefer their newer clothes. I find the most of the 05-07 shit to be ugly.
Mar 13, 2012 @ 23:14
In my opinion its just a shift in trend, as presently i think subtlety and a 'european' styling is what has come back into style i.e desert boots, tortoiseshell, paisley, clean cut brands such as a.p.c. I don't think its necessarily down to fans ditching the brand, but evolving with the trends and bape is unable to keep up. I used to wear the camo prints, trainers etc when i was about 14 but i feel ive kinda grown out of it (or maybe i have myself been dragged into the latest 'trends'). I agree with the above comment, i think bape needs to keep up and evolve as a brand rather than sticking with what they think the consumer enjoys because it clearly isnt effective presently. Maybe in 5-10 years they could bring back the camo, but right now its just too loud and childish.
Mar 16, 2012 @ 16:51
I still wear BAPE. I think most people who don't anymore but did heavily at one time were just following the trendbandwagon which fell off a few years back. I still like their t shirts and crewnecks, but none of that bright neon stuff though.
Mar 17, 2012 @ 22:41
i hate Bathing Ape now...
Mar 18, 2012 @ 04:45
Once the hood got ahold of it..
Mar 18, 2012 @ 05:47
Fakes killed Bape. I see a shit ton of fake supreme nowadays also.

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Mar 18, 2012 @ 14:40
Q5. Was BAPE’s success mainly based on hype? Or were there other factors that made this brand famous and successful?
Mar 18, 2012 @ 23:55
What makes Bape upscale streetwear?

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Mar 18, 2012 @ 23:58
What makes Bape upscale streetwear?

It's very pricey at times and widely known because it's been worn/refrence by musicians.

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Mar 19, 2012 @ 00:04
Fakes killed Bape. I see a shit ton of fake supreme nowadays also.


Yea, rappers exposing it to the mainstream (no more exclusivity) and endless emulation (fakes and whatever else).

You might as well add economical factors in there as well, Bape was in the spotlight while the world began to spiral economically.

I still wear my Bape tees though.

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Mar 19, 2012 @ 15:09
What makes Bape upscale streetwear?


I don't have the quote with me now but Nigo said himself that BAPE is a High-end fashion brand and not to be seen as otherwise
Mar 20, 2012 @ 00:09
What makes Bape upscale streetwear?


I don't have the quote with me now but Nigo said himself that BAPE is a High-end fashion brand and not to be seen as otherwise

Do you like Human Made more than Bape?

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Mar 20, 2012 @ 16:27
Originally posted by Inactive User
Fakes killed Bape. I see a shit ton of fake supreme nowadays also.


Yea, rappers exposing it to the mainstream (no more exclusivity) and endless emulation (fakes and whatever else).

You might as well add economical factors in there as well, Bape was in the spotlight while the world began to spiral economically.

I still wear my Bape tees though.


I don't think BAPE was portrayed the way is was meant to be. The elegance that was apart of BAPE was pretty much destroyed in it's infancy and the legacy is seen (at least to a western audience) as nothing more than an expensive street brand rather that a high-end fashion label. Still though, I just ordered the CDGxBAPE 1st Camo tee... with excitement.
Mar 21, 2012 @ 03:44
clearly not

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Mar 21, 2012 @ 14:07
A lot of people sound like they are saying that the overuse of BAPE by rappers killed BAPES image but made it famous in the west nonetheless







Q6. Did celebrity endorsement of BAPE help solidify its popularity or do you think otherwise?
Mar 21, 2012 @ 18:56
A lot of people sound like they are saying that the overuse of BAPE by rappers killed BAPES image but made it famous in the west nonetheless







Q6. Did celebrity endorsement of BAPE help solidify its popularity or do you think otherwise?



Only to a western audience. If Pharrell or Jay was never seen wearing this stuff only hardcore hypebeast would know about it, but I have to say that Wayne also had a part in making it popular to the "hood". Think about it, who would wear all of that bright neon shit with monkeys and stars and try to look "gangster" in the trap?
Mar 21, 2012 @ 19:35
Its because Nigo is a dumbass and tried to invest in other ventures way too quickly like BapeCuts, BapeCafe, BapeSounds...etc He even tried to make a BapeHotel. Too early junior.
Mar 21, 2012 @ 19:44
their designs are just not what they used to be
they're beat
i don't know how much is due to the label being sold but its too expensive for mediocre shit

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Mar 21, 2012 @ 20:43
how is the quality on the jackets/shirts/tees. etc though?
at those prices i expect it to be of the utmost supreme quality
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