Do you know your fashion trends? It is rather an arduous task to memorize each and every fad that comes into play, since these trends can change within a matter of weeks. With all these great new styles coming out, you will notice that a lot of young and hip fashion designers are also stepping into the spot light. One of them is Nigo Nagao, the famous founder of the cool fashion line of A Bathing Ape. Read on to learn some history on this brand, and what you can do to spot the fake items from the original ones.

What is Bape anyway? Nigo Nagao is a young Japanese DJ and fashion designer who was inspired by the 1960’s film Planet of the Apes to create this brand, which is short for A Bathing Ape. The famous star of the Bape clothing line is Milo, whose face is seen in various motifs, even in a cartoon form Baby Milo. Bape is a specialty line for hip urban men and women of Japan and other countries, with items like shirts, hoodies, vests, jackets, bags, shoes, and more. The first store Nagao opened was “Nowhere” in the famous Tokyo Harajuku district in 1993. At present, there are nearly 20 stores all over Japan, with some outlets in Hong Kong, Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles.

Now that you know what Bape is all about, it is time to discern the real ones from the fake ones. Some people would call them Fape, or fake Bape, and there are tons of these being distributed across the web. You won’t be getting good quality if you settle for imitations of the real thing. Here are some tips to note to ensure that you are getting only real Bape items.

Bape does not manufacture sizes for XXXL and 4XL, so check the tags carefully. Furthermore, the face of Milo on each tag of Bape is brownish in shade, and not a bright orange as in most imitations. Though a lot of internet stores are selling Bape items, do remember that only two stores in the US are official dealers of the fashion line, and those are in New York and in Los Angeles. There is a noticeable difference in the brightness of colors when comparing fakes and originals, as well as how prints are made, and how studs are sewn.

Don’t be fooled if some websites offer to sell you Bape apparel for cheap, because the original ones really cost a lot more. Take for example one ladies tank top, which retails for about 6,000 yen, equal to about $60. Some sites will sell this for half the price, so they are likely to be fake Bapes. Hoodies and jackets are well over $400, so take note of these rates when you shop online.

Don’t settle for the fakes just because the prices are enticing. Fake Bape accessories and clothing are of low quality, and are nothing like the originals. Be more careful when you view auctions on eBay and other sites, so you won’t end up with a Fape.

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