END x A Bathing Ape “Bowling” Collection Celebrates Heritage Alley Fashions
Marking a milestone moment in END.’s collaborative history, the British retailer partners with the Ura-Hara icon, A Bathing Ape, for the first time. The collection, which is titled “Bowling”, is heavily inspired by the legendary target sport and the fashion, culture, and aesthetics associated with it.
Since the early days, A Bathing Ape has held a deep appreciation for vintage Americana, with its distinctive style codes forming an integral part of the Japanese label’s identity. END. and A Bathing Ape channel that, with their inaugural collection, weave elements of Americana and bowling references throughout the capsule.
Naturally, a 1950s-inspired bowling shirt sits at the center of the capsule, which is colored in off-white and burgundy and detailed with collection-bespoke prints on either side — a bowling ape at the back, embroidered-effect co-branding at the chest. The collection’s varsity jacket takes on a similar approach, with a two-tone, wool and leather construction and a large, bowling-inspired graphic at the back. The playfulness continues with the tees, too, which are printed with everything from bowling balls and pins to the year the Ura-Hara label was founded.
The footwear, meanwhile, sees A Bathing Ape’s legendary BAPESTA brought under the spotlight with a makeover that’s reminiscent of the signature shoes worn at bowling alleys. The most notable feature comes by way of its split-color construction, with burgundy down one half and dark green down the other. Further bespoke details include chrome, END.-branded lace stays, as well as printed co-branding at the insoles. The collection is completed with bespoke bowling balls and pins, which feature BAPE’s ever-iconic ape motif printed on them to really drive home the collection’s theme.
The END. x A Bathing Ape “Bowling” collection will launch via END. Launches on the 3rd of December.
END x A Bathing Ape “Bowling”
Release Date: December 3, 2022