Japanese streetwear institution turned global icon is continuing their busybody ways as A Bathing Ape announces a full collaborative capsule with skate-lifestyle brand Vans. At the center of this partnership are established entities of the respective brands – the famed ABC camouflage pattern of BAPE and the Sk8-Hi 38 DX and Authentic DX 44 of the Californian company. The Sk8-Hi sticks to the classic black.white colorway, with outlines of the pattern adorning the canvas portion of the upper, while white contrast stitching, laces, outsoles, and racing stripe embody the SK8-Hi look down to a tee. Just a touch of the standard camo is seen on the tongue label, off-set by the red Off The Wall board logo.
The Vans Authentic opts for an inverse route as it hinges on the streetwear/military aesthetic with the recognizable olives and browns on a full rip-stop nylon upper. Black piping and laces alongside a gum-bottomed honeycomb soles further add to the combat-driven look, while the BAPE head logo sits on the insole. In addition to the footwear is a statement hooded sweatshirt in either black or grey, both with a co-branded design.
The release schedule is as follows: the collection first drops on November 1st in China, and on November 13th in the APAC region. It will land at BAPE chapter stores, BAPE online, and partnering retailers on November 29th, and finally on Vans.com on November 30th.