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How to buy from BAPE Japan (A Bathing Ape)

BAPE, also known as A Bathing Ape, is a Japanese clothing company known for its modern streetwear and lifestyle attire. What makes BAPE so unique are their collaborations with brands such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Marvel, Hello Kitty, Pepsi, and more. The only problem is the A Bathing Ape online shop can’t ship outside of Japan. Luckily, Japan Rabbit is here to help. Keep reading to learn how we help you get the exclusive goodies that you won’t find anywhere else.

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What is A Bathing Ape (BAPE)?

A Bathing Ape specializes in graphic tees and attire with their iconic camouflage print. Along with their popular t-shirts, you can expect to find knits, jackets, pants, footwear, and a number of other accessories. In order to understand why A Bathing Ape is such an icon in the fashion industry, you have to go back to 1993. Nigo, also known as Tomoaki Nagao, founded the BAPE brand after studying fashion editing in college. Each week, Nigo created upwards of 50 t-shirts and worked to sell half and give the other half away to friends and family. This unique marketing style ultimately led to the brands' success.

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Nigo’s passion for lifestyle attire leads him to produce one of the most popular streetwear brands in Japan’s history. In 2011, the brand was sold to one of Hong Kong’s largest fashion conglomerates for approximately 2.8 million U.S. dollars, and it hasn’t stopped there. In fact, A Bathing Ape only continues to gain in popularity today partnering with modern artists like Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Kid Cudi.

Why use a proxy to buy on the Japanese A Bathing Ape online store?

If you want to buy one of the trendy streetwear items from the BAPE website you’ll need to use a proxy buying service like Japan Rabbit. Many Japanese brands, such as A Bathing Ape, will have an online shop that only ships locally. While there may be BAPE locations in the United States, their selection often varies from what they carry in Japan. To gain access to exclusive styles and collaborations, you’ll want to use a proxy buying service, like us! Japan Rabbit ensures you get your item without worrying about customs, overseas shipping fees, and more. Not only do we make buying items abroad much more affordable but we also do it without the headache. After all, we know how overwhelming it can be to try to navigate a checkout process in another language. Let us handle all of the details to make things quick and hassle-free.

Japan Rabbit can help you buy in Tokyo’s BAPE stores

Have you ever seen a picture of something online that says “in-store only”? Japan Rabbit is the only proxy buying service that will travel to physical retail locations to purchase these in-store-only items. It’s not uncommon for stores like A Bathing Ape, to put on promotions at flagship locations that offer a limited selection of exclusive merchandise. If you want access to one-of-a-kind collaborations such as the Tiger Shark Collection, Japan Rabbit is your answer. What makes us unique is that we can purchase from almost any store, pop-up shop, or event in Tokyo. Check out this page to learn more about the additional fees included for pickup. To explore BAPE stores in Tokyo you’ll want to check Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza, and Aoyama.

What are the other places where you can buy Japan-exclusive Bathing Ape products?



Are you looking for more A Bathing Ape products? Zozotown is another website where you can buy exclusive BAPE products that are only offered in Japan. Zozotown has a huge selection because it’s Japan’s largest online clothing store. You’ll find a wide variety of international brands and collaborations on the site. Shop on Bapeland (Zozotown)

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If you’re looking for some of the rarer BAPE items, we recommend checking out Rakuten. Rakuten Ichiba is known to carry a lot of limited-release merchandise from A Bathing Ape and other renowned brands.

What to buy on BAPE Japan website?


If you’re not sure what to pick up from the BAPE website we recommend a classic t-shirt. The A Bathing Ape company started by making t-shirts, so what better way to honor the company's history than with a t-shirt? There are a wide variety of graphic styles available for men, women, and children. Buy BAPE T-shirts

BAPE Shark Jackets

Shark jackets are a classic piece of attire from the BAPE streetwear brand. Available in many different styles, patterns, and colors the shark jackets feature a one-of-a-kind style that’s sure to turn heads. The best part is, the shark jackets are available for both men and women. Buy BAPE shark jackets

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One of the many things that A Bathing Ape is known for is their shoes. BAPE not only has several unique styles and designs of their own but they also have some great collaborations. On the BAPE website, you can expect to see partnerships with Adidas, Dr. Martens, and more in styles you won’t find anywhere else. Buy BAPE shoes


Where are the BAPE stores in Japan?

There are a number of A Bathing Ape store locations such as Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Hiroshima, Osaka, and more. You can find the full list of BAPE stores on their website: Explore the Full List of BAPE Stores.

Is BAPE cheaper in Japan?

You may be wondering if you can afford BAPE clothing directly from Japan. Well, the truth is, BAPE products are much cheaper in Japan. In the United States, prices for A Bathing Ape items are definitely priced higher than they are in Japanese stores. If you want to go directly to the source and avoid paying more, you’ll want to work with a proxy buying service like us, Japan Rabbit!

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