Writing this list was far more difficult than I thought it would be. What does “best” really mean, anyway? There are a lot of angles you could take on that. Being the co-owner of 3peat, a business whose existence is essentially based off of the success of Bape, makes for a unique perspective.
In the end, I decided that the pieces that needed to make the cut were the ones that were the best and/or most important for Bape itself. This list does not reflect my personal favorites. It doesn’t only consist of the most coveted Bape items. These aren’t just Bape founder Nigo’s crazy one-off pieces; every single product here was available to consumers. Instead, these are products that I feel impacted the culture in the most significant ways or went beyond what had previously been accomplished by a streetwear brand. We may be living in the “collaboration generation” right now, but Bape, under Nigo, pioneered and set the bar for what seems like commonplace for brands today.
In no particular order, here are the 25 best Bape items of all time. Let the debates begin.