i was cruising around kix and the city yesterday, and stumbled on a great interview with jeff staple from back in may. jeff is the founder of staple design as well as disco-not-disco fave the reed space, and is responsible for such iconic nike collabs as the pigeon sb dunk. what really stands out in the interview, however, is his take on bape:
The genius of BAPE and the genius behind Nigo is that he was really able, for lack of a better term, to pull the wool over everyone’eyes. Those are bootleg Air Force 1s. You can walk one block to Delancey and pick up a pair of bootleg Air Force 1s, but he really did it. I give him MAD PROPS for being able to be like “these are bootleg Air Force 1s, stand in line and pay $300 for these joints”. It’s crazy.
and, on bbc:
I don’t know. I think again, I don’t know. Sometimes I look at some of the stuff, like those ICE CREAM shoes, are so bad. They are so bad that I almost wonder if Pharrell is making a social commentary, because he is smart enough to do it, and it would be genius if he did. Like, I am going to take this piece of manure and put a BAPE head on it just to see how much we could charge for it. If he did that it would be cool.
seeing the genius absurdity in it all? hell yeah.
bobby conn and the glass gypsies - the style i need
the streets - let's push things forward
pharrell feat. jay-z - frontin'
belle and sebastian - a century of fakers
the new pornographers - the fake headlines
relaxed muscle - b-real
prefuse 73 - robot snares got no cadence or balance