Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nigo Stepping Down as President of A Bathing Ape

WWD Fashion is reporting that one of the industries most influential people, Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao), is stepping down as president and director of A Bathing Ape (BAPE). Nigo founded BAPE in 1993.  It is reported that the Japanese music producer, DJ and creator of Bape, will continue to be the majority owner of A Bathing Ape's parent company, Nowhere Co., Ltd.  The brands subsidiaries include Bape Cuts hair salon, Bape Cafe and Gallery and Bape Sounds records.  Nigo will also continue as the designer of the brand as well as co-owner and head designer of the BBC and Ice Cream brand.   

Highsnobiety is all suggesting that "next seasons Bape collection is actually designed entirely by Tet from WTAPS. Tet is taking over the Creative director position for next season. We are definitely looking forward to the new season and can only imagine the best to come out of it."

Talk about April 1st paranoia...I'm just waiting for this to be a AFJ.

(via. WWD + Highsnobiety)