LA///FASHION///BAPE HOLLYWOOD OPEN FOR BUSINESS…

April 24, 2008  |  Fashion, KAWS, LA, News, Next Big Thing, Street Life

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OG streetwear homeboys Nigo & Takashi Murakami flex their street cred...

Love it or leave it, NIGO's LA branch of the legendary Tokyo streetwear brand BAPE (aka: A Bathing Ape)—the brand that launched a thousand imitators—opened for business on Melrose Ave this Thursday nite with a star-studded media frenzy of a debut party. Two years too late? Yep, but remember this is LA, Ed Hardy and Crooks & Castles are still "cool" brands here. HAVE A LOOK:

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The wall of Bape featuring the brand's newest rapper-friendly size XXL jeans...

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Nigo goes undercover while Takashi Murakami blings out (we're gonna assume the Louis headband is real)...

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Laughing all the way to the bank...

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Nigo's personal teleportation chamber allows him to check in on the LA branch from Tokyo at a moment's notice...

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The treadmill theme is an apt metaphor here...

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The real billionaire boys club: KAWS & Skateboard P run shit...

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The sweaty masses...

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Iron Mike drops in with Jermaine Dupree...

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And gets personal with Nigo...

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It wouldn't be LA without neon...

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DR Romanelli & N.E.R.D.'s Chad Hugo...

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It's gonna take a lot of funny purple sneakers to pay for this buildout...

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Miguel de la Barracuda & OG homie Rick Ross reunited at last...

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The endless photo op...

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Starry night...

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A 12-year-old Hong Kong boy's dream room...

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Art gangsters: Takashi Murakami & KAWS...

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"MC Murakami" contemplates the merchandising opportunities...

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It's Nigo's world, we just shop in it...

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