Nigo, Pharrell, and Kanye West at a pre-VMA party in 2006.
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Twenty years ago today (exactly!), A Bathing Ape designer Nigo opened his very first store “Nowhere” in Harajuku, Tokyo. Since then, BAPE has risen to legendary status as a streetwear mainstay. Over the course of the past twenty years, the label has collaborated with a laundry list of entities from iconic characters (Hello Kitty, SpongeBob Square Pants) to mega brands (Pepsi, MAC) to artist heavy-weights like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In celebration of this major 20th anniversary, a select group of 20 artists, including Skateboard P and the (former) Louis Vuitton Don, will collaborate with BAPE on a range of T-shirts and art.
The works will roll out over the course of three days starting on April 27. We’re assuming a series of collabs this big will kick-off with some sort of physical celebration, and, conveniently, April 27 is a Saturday. We don’t mean to put words into people’s mouths, but if there is some sort of commemorative soiree for this thing, we also hope Pharrell and Kanye team up for a rare performance of “Number 1” dedicated to Nigo. That “We gon’ party like it’s our anniversary” line is just too appropriate to overlook.
+ WATCH PHARRELL’S ’NUMBER 1’ MUSIC VIDEO