And another one of my multiple posts about my Bape obsession. That’s the trouble with reading a personal blog dear readers, you have to cope with this A Bathing Ape shit as well once in a while. I usually try to share my purchases from japan with you guys (which is just another reason for me to take some pictures of the stuff) but Bape-wise there is still a lot to be shot. Which means that i bought a couple of pieces from the last Bape season. The first after Nigo officially left and parted from the creative side of all things Bape. Much to my surprise there was no shift in production. I heard that a couple of hoodys etc. from the SS14 season were produced in China (with plastic zippers) but none of the pieces I got from the last AW14 season were either cheap nor produced in China. Just to make things clear. Nothing bad necessarily about producing in China. There definitely are a lot of places with poor working conditions etc. but being the huge country it is there are also a lot of high quality factories. Even Visvim (which is pretty much as high end as it can get) is producing some shoes and backpacks there just because they couldn’t find anyone in Japan who was able to produce them the way they wanted.
However the made in Japan label is still a big part of Bape, Visvim and all the other quality street-wear brands from Japan (even if visvim kinda belongs into another category). Consider it a nice touch which makes a product you like even a little sweeter because you can say to yourself “man, this wasn’t made in a cheap ass sweatshop”. Like not discussing Chinese vs. Japanese quality and visvim vs. the rest of the world, let’s not touch on re-imports that time.
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If you want to order A Bathing Ape directly you need a proxy who’ll deliver the goods from Japan to your place. Check my guide on how to order Bape from Japan.