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Bape Backpacks – What to Look For When Buying

The trends and transitions of specific fashion houses are documented while still constantly evolving. Of those, Urban Wear is one of the pages of history. If there is one thing, the early 2000s begrudged the 90s for-it’s the revolutionary touch to coming-of-age hip-hop wear, from clothes to accessories.

Plunged right into the chaos of new streetwear, a small brand in the heart of Japan rose to fame. The Battle for the Planet of Apes inspired pioneer and designer NIGO (a rapper and musician) to name his brand BAPE- A Bathing Ape. Soaring high above the mediocre repetitions of fashion houses that were, frankly, scared to tarnish their gate-kept lifestyle, BAPE defied them all and set its first footprints in 1993, restoring the contemporary street look with an indelible print.

Once this guide reaches far and wide into the world of BAPE backpacks, it ought to transcend the nominal and look beyond. Recall its products to point out that they are more than just investments. They are a culture.

Latest Edition of Solo BAPE Backpacks

Firstly there are Shark BAPE Backpacks. A peculiar design of underjaw, wide and mid-snap of a shark, dominates the look of the backpacks. Dissected by a zipper right down in the middle at the front, these backpacks come with a bordered rim, with enough space in the solo compartment between the printed front and a plain black back to carry bulky items.

Two side zippers for small items have printed on them a set of white canines, gray gums, and red outline, all resembling a shark post hunt who has just devoured its prey. But the shape of the backpack reminds people of an ape’s head. These bags mainly hit the store in camouflage, initially from French soldiers’ uniforms as far back as World War 2.

BAPE is known for its trope of heavily camouflaged and artillery-sharp looks. But the shark ones are a comical genius, with the top half of the bag punctuated by white eyes and red iris. It says they stick to the theme of ‘eat or be eaten, reminding everyone why they are synonymous with the street.

However, they are comfortable too. Fiber-coated bottom panel to reduce wear, padded shoulder straps, adjustable webbings, finish the look with an ape logo sewn in monochromatic black-white to assure its buyers of the authenticity. And they are keeping the channels transparent.

While there might seem to be a lack of variety because camouflages are limited, BAPE later introduced other print patterns, including violet to blue descending tint with patches of shimmering silver/ white-violet and khaki-orange combination. There is no lack of choices.

The second one has camouflaged canvas and is a One-Shoulder backpack. In timber green, this pouch-styled but spacious backpack features an opposite side sling-strap with a BAPE logo patch on the face of a small compartment designed like a bullet right at the end. The bag sits square, but its single strap goes diagonal from the left shoulder to the right waist or vice versa.

Now, there are two straps, namely, one from shoulder to waist and another which goes around the middle for different weight distribution. Because carrying nearly 15 pounds, which the bag can withstand, on one shoulder is tiresome. Buckles and adjustment flips are easy to use. At last, the chromic silver band on the straps blends with black adding to the cheeky look.

The third one to make it to the list is the Silver Foil Ape Head Backpack. True to its name, the bag is broad at the top and narrow at the end, a perfect mimic of an ape’s head, with its framework, covered front to back, top to bottom in silver foil.

Notoriously flashy, its release to the stores reminded industry and BAPE fans of how BAPE never forgets its roots. It appears flat, small, and concise but holds enough space for a bag of its size. There are no logos on the outside, but there is the same old black and white one on the inside, although at the very top, imprinted in the center, is an outline of their labeled ape head in bold silver.

The smooth texture, black handle, and pale silver straps with a front pocket and one compartment are perfect for carrying small items. It’s not meant for heavy items. All pockets and bag compartments are zippered with elegant black and silver chains.

To span its wings wider, BAPE declared a fourth edition, one of its kind appealing to the contemporary audience. Introducing the Happy New Year line meant curbing the ‘survival of the fittest’ aura and infusing a sophisticated touch to their name.

Slight at the top, broader as it descends, this design, too, is a replica of an ape’s head. But clad in smooth color palettes, they make a non-conforming impression, juxtaposing their natural style with suburban polishing. These come in stark androgynous colors of raven black or dark blue, and yes, just the color-covered fabric with zero prints. With only one exception, checkered patterns of red, peach, and white, which were later introduced for women.

The logo is smack-dabbed at the very top, with only one compartment and a front pocket that stretches horizontally to cover the lower front while its zip is hidden underneath a flap. This pocket is comparatively square and not flexible. Since these bags have an office look they adhere to, the bag’s spine is pretty rigid. Its straps are black, and one handle, therefore, looks like that of a suitcase.

And the last mention goes to Retro Punch Backpacks. BAPE comes full circle with this one. With all said and done, NIGO put a hold on his bold culture of statement-making and jaw-dropping creations, and gradually after the year 2000, which re-birthed the unexpected since the industry was rarely privy to the stability in BAPE’s designs, he brought forth quirky yet minimalistic ideas.

Therefore, the new style was serene, with two main compartments, a zippered side pocket, and bumpy-textured straps, enhanced by striking colors in the 80s movies- warm tones, a faraway feel, and fabrics curated without visible seams to mark the subtlety of simpler times. The logo is printed like Word Art liquid; the letters are hollow inside, highlighted in the same color as the bag. Say, if the load is gray, the BAPE written across it would be a darker shade of gray, which one can make out from the borders of the letters alone.

Instead of sewing a rectangular patch, BAPE chose to keep it simple. Only zips had extra leather pulls, and everything, from the shoulder hulls to extra straps, was the same color as the front of the bag. The wear was more inclined to be worn with a wardrobe that screamed elusive strength of character.

Before the guide departs further on collaborations, it’s important to mention other pointers. Like, all backpacks are made of polyester, nylon, or polymers fabric, straps consisting of carbon fibers, the inner lining of leather, or insertion of canvas between the inner and outer fabric, coupled with Cordura But these details keep changing based on production scale and demand. Hence they are subject to fashion house policies and must be cross-checked as to which bag contains what.

Sports Range BAPE Backpack

BAPE doesn’t provide a dedicated line for the sports backpack range, but the waterproof, tear-resistant, and ripstop fabric ones can be classified for extreme outdoor use. Equipped with numerous pockets, the backpack is familiarized in first camp print, a carry handle, and haul straps with extra padding. Chronically it infuses leather and high-density fabric for inner material with well-sewn craftsmanship giving it the durability necessary and beneficial for sports and other such activities.

It features a front compartment with zips that only open halfway and the main middle compartment like all the other bags. But the prints and colors are limited to military-style camouflages only, which might be advantageous considering the adventures or camping lifestyle.

BAPE Backpack collaborations with other Brands

Top of this inventory is the BAPE Sprayground backpack. Nothing pulsates the street vibrancy more than graffiti sprayed over walls, be it brick walls or fabric ones. This is why BAPE dove right in to print a backpack with ill-patterned miscellaneous spray paint canvas. They decorate the front and back, completing the graffiti.

The straps have extra slings to increase or decrease how this bag hangs over the shoulders. To make matters more comfortable, their zippers are curved more than 180°, easily accessible from the sides without removing the backpack.

Fashion-forward and available in primary color schemes- ideal for schools, picnics, and evening events. Mostly it’s the funk and subdued colors that demand a thorough look. The boulder-like straps are also sturdy because their fundamental appeal lies in carrying a good weight load, where the owner can spend a whole day outside with necessary items fingertips away. It has extra inner space with permeated categorical chambers for electronic gadgets.

The second one is Academy x BAPE. From the backdrop of the multicolor patent to red, green, yellow, and blue ovals scattered over the pure white canvas, these bags look the part and play the part of the irreverent studious charm.

The space from one main compartment to the other, and even the chains, are golden-brown. Two rooms, leather crafted carry handle, featuring ventilation mesh pockets with extra lining to make it airy and protective for books and other such items.

Original BAPE featuring Stussy Skull Camouflage backpack was the hallmark of incorporating Stussy Skull since they, too, are well-renowned streetwear. In this, BAPE’s signature Ape Head meets thick leather skull patches in a retrofit Y2k (2000) design accompanied by a blurry pastel brown-green color and a rough texture bottom fabric.

The straps are the same camp print of black, gray, and malt green, commonly known as Frog Skin or Duck Hunter uniforms from the early 60s. Since it is only available in camouflage, the product is scarce, and its materials have changed over the years from leather to polyester.

MCM and BAPE teamed up, once again, to produce edgy backpacks in the wake of the ‘bring back 90s’ era, which influenced the fashion trends not long ago. These backpacks have a single large compartment and two side pockets, all zippered, and the flagship is reiterated with the ape head label.

MCM uses monogram jacquard, a woven fabric, and leather to signify its presence. Thus, the bag has one straight and other inverted human skulls sewn in the middle, clearly visible with their English bridle tan. For those who don’t know Bridle tan, imagine a woodland brown color but darker. That said, the backpack has gold-tone studs encircling the sides, and believe it or not, they beckon a second look.

BAPE for toddlers and children

Baby Milo is the franchise of the original BAPE in collaboration with Sanrio- another Japanese company famous for bringing “The Adventures of Hello Kitty and its friends” to life in plush soft toys. Few other 3D animated characters of theirs made it to the big screen.

As such, its collaboration with BAPE is selective for a wee audience. Unlike the usual style, Milo Backpacks are stamped with a child monkey in plain terry cloth with a yellow face and brown fur, imitating the real-life common squirrel monkey.

Since children love various colors, BAPE’s overtures are worth it.

For starters, Faux Fur backpacks wherein bulk fibers are consistently made of acrylic and polyester. Bulk fibers are hard to tear or break apart, no matter how children fiddle with the bags.

Parallel safeguards such as good breathability and non-toxic paints are chosen because regardless of the strict eye, toddlers tend to chew or ingest materials they aren’t supposed to. Faux fur gives the same feel as actual fur- minus animal cruelty or animal diseases if the skin isn’t processed correctly.

Given their one-zippered compartment and interchangeable, adjustable straps to carry minimal weight, just as much as a toddler should. While their designs range from simple brown with a giant baby monkey head to multicolor monkey faces stamped on an off-white background, the style remains standard.

Size, durability, and international relevance

BAPE backpacks follow the same rules as other brands regarding sizes and dimensions. Their stores are in different cities in different countries, like almost every other state of the US, Australia, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Iran, and most of Asia; the size chart is converted to respective places and units people understand best. Generally, they come in small to extra-large sizes, except the Baby Milo branch.

BAPE didn’t reach where it is today, with an international presence and NIGO’s early collaborative enterprises with HipHop artists on global platforms, without ensuring a hundred percent of what they offer. BAPE backpacks last for at least ten years and longer if properly cared for. BAPE is currently rumored to collaborate with Marvel as well.

One can search for BAPE backpacks and order them online, but in-store purchases are preferred because BAPE’s online presence is sporadically spread over third-party online sellers. And their home in Japan isn’t always a feasible option for shipment overseas.

By pioneering collaborations between brands, keeping product runs tight and exclusive to create scarcity and foment intrigue; aligning itself with

rappers and DJs at a time when luxury companies were still anxious about any association with hip-hop; establishing clear, concise iconography that was instantly recognizable; bringing together the worlds of youth fashion and high-end luxury, BAPE became the blueprint for desire. A rag-tag crew of loyal like-minded misfits swam continents to make a household name for themselves. They have carried the same kinship over the years and continue to do so.

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