Legendary BAPE Designer NIGO’S Starts New Line HUMAN MADE
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Having revolutionised streetwear in the late 90s and made Japan its centre point through the birth of A Bathing Ape®, Nigo is now two seasons into a new, very personal project. Human Made is less about logos, attitude, and loud colours – it’s a sartotrial deep dive into the wonderful world of vintage. Continuing his own obsession, and just about every Japanese teenagers it seems, with vintage American workwear, Human Made looks closer at the craftsmanship – and the intricate detailing that ensues- of a bygone era.
The era of clothes that inspires me for Human Made represents lost technology: the machines don’t exist anymore to make some of the fabrics and stitching we admire in old clothes
The result is clothes, as Nigo says, that he wants to wear himself… a more grown up version of BAPE. Human Made isn’t designed for mainstream succes – at least not in a BAPE® kinda way – but that just makes the project more heartfelt. Here we exclusively premiere images from Human Made’s S/S12 lookbook and talk to Nigo about his plans for the brand…