If we’re talking about valuable streetwear that generates hype, it’s impossible to do so without mentioning A Bathing Ape, aka BAPE. The brand was born 1 year before Supreme, making it perhaps the first big name in streetwear. Many BAPE items have solid resale value and are sought after on the hype aftermarket which includes both sneakers and clothing.


Let’s dive into what makes this brand so great and we will finish up with a list of four of its hottest items on the market right now.

BAPE: Nigo’s brainchild

Founded by streetwear mogul and design mastermind Nigo in 1993, BAPE remained underground hype for about a decade before being picked up big time by hip hop culture in the early 2000’s.

Nigo, although not widely known by the general public, is well connected in the celebrity realm: he’s good friends with fellow designers and music superstars Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, just to name a few. The come up of the brand was partially fueled by rap lyrics and music videos.

BAPE_ Nigos Brainchild

Soulja Boy’s smash hit “Crank Dat” likely brought the greatest awareness to the public of the brand with the mic drop line right before the hook: “Haters get mad cuz I got me some Bathing Ape”

Other hit songs and their music videos in the early 2000s which heavily featured A Bathing Ape include Chris Brown’s ‘Run It’, Lil Wayne’s ‘Fireman’, and The Game ft Kanye West’s ‘Wouldn’t Get Far’.

After this hype train, BAPE remained in the spotlight and still holds that place in a big way nearly 30 years after its founding in 2021.

Let’s go over some of the best BAPE you can buy today.


Here is a list of some of the top BAPE streetwear that’s available today, based on popularity and cultural relevance.

Kanye West x Bapesta FS-001 Low ‘College Dropout’

  • Release date: January 2, 2007
  • Retail Price: $200
  • Resale Price: $10,000+
Kanye West X Bapesta FS 001 Low College Dropout

BAPE Color Camo Detachable Shark Full Zip Hoodie ‘Blue’

  • Release date: April 2020
  • Retail Price: $459
  • Resale Price: $800+
BAPE Color Camo Detachable Shark Full Zip Hoodie Blue

BAPE College Tee ‘Black’ and ‘White’

  • Release date: April 2020
  • Retail Price: $99
  • Resale Price: $150+
BAPE College Tee Black And White

BAPE Hanes White Tees

  • Release date: 2020
  • Retail Price: $99
  • Resale Price: $110+
BAPE Hanes White Tees

Unlike some brands that simply come and go (remember True Religion anyone?), BAPE has established itself as a streetwear staple with longevity that will likely be the same as Nike and other greats. Hats off to Nigo for creating such a masterpiece of a brand.

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