Ten years ago Japanese streetwear brand BAPE® opened an outlet in London. On Tuesday the crew behind the cult clothing label celebrated becoming a decade old, with Joey Bada$$.
Mark Ronson, Semtex, Alison Mosshart, Jamie Reynolds, Carri Casette Playa and Alfie Allen all scaled the steep staircase, hidden behind a black door, located just off Kingsland Road to enter The Alibi for A Bathing Ape®’s birthday party earlier this week. Booking 17-year-old Brooklyn born hip hop artist Bada$$ to entertain a select crowd of Bape friends and family, a heavy army of hypebeasts then descended to catch a rare and intimate performance from the pint sized, entirely BAPE® clad badman. Raising a glass to the epic success of label founder NIGO®’s self built empire, Seb Chew and Leo Greenslade joined bearded legend Fabio Busy Workshop behind the booth for a high NRG all nighter that got hot and stayed sweaty until the free bar ran dry and dawn drew closer. i-D online watched the whole thing play out and caught stills with the best looking boys in the building, look right to see who came and what went down.
With thanks to sponsors Red Stag by Jim Beam, Tiger Beer and Magners.