Recently we had the opportunity to get together with Dutch A Bathing Ape collector Mike Nieuwstraten. Nieuwstraten has been accumulating rare BAPE pieces for eight years and is unsure how many pieces he actually has in his arsenal.
While the total may be uncalculated, Mike reveals that he has at least 140 BAPE T-shirts, mainly ranging from 1993 to 2005/2006. He insists that he’s predominantly into the older stuff, although he does like the newer Mr. Bathing Ape line.
Nieuwstraten has everything from hoodies and jackets to doorstops, cans, magazines, kids bikes and other children’s pieces, all sourced from Japan via proxies.
For a look at the insane BAPE collection, and to hear from Nieuwstraten on his assortment, favorite pieces and more, press play above.
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