DUMB LOOKIN SHOES THAT COST WAY 2 MUCH THAT ONLY NEGROS WEAR, CAN NEVER COMPARE TO JORDANS ----A Bathing Ape or BAPE is a Japanese clothing company founded by Nigo (real name Tomoaki Nagao) in 1993.1
The company specializes in urban and hip-hop fashion, operating stores in Japan including BAPE, BAPE Store, Foot Soldier and the Bape Exclusive store which is located in Aoyama, Tokyo. The company also operates Bape Cuts hair salon, Bape Café and gallery, Bape Sounds records. There are stores located in Hong Kong, London, New York, Taipei and Los Angeles. Nigo also founded the women's clothing lines "APEE" which is the female version of BAPE, and "BAPY" which is the female "couture" clothing line.
In January 2005, Nigo and Pharrell Williams, an American producer, singer, rapper, and songwriter, launched the first "Bathing Ape" store in New York.5
Nigo is also co-owner and head designer of Pharrell's Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear.6
In 2006, Nigo and N-Kei Enzaki started a record company, Ape Sounds, with help from James Lavelle, a UK DJ and owner of the Mo' Wax label. He serves as a producer and director for his CDs, blending Western hip-hop with Asian sounds.3