In a true meeting of worlds, storied Japanese label A Bathing Ape has partnered with Munich-based luxury brand MCM to present a first-of-its-kind capsule collection.

With both having risen to become icons of luxury across the contemporary fashion landscape, MCM BY BATHING APE sees the release of a limited-edition range of accessories, clothing, and leather goods. Conceived to celebrate music and mobility, the capsule speaks to each brand’s core design cues, combining their most historical moments with a calculated vision for the future. To learn more about the drop head over to the Highsnobiety Shop via the button below before its official release on October 26.

Founded in 1976 during the height of Munich’s disco era, MCM was greatly defined by the cultural zeitgeist of the time. As the brand grew, it began carving out its own interpretation of style in mobility, ultimately going on to form parts of the fashion zeitgeist we know today. As a testament to its worldwide appeal, MCM has been able to create valuable stylistic synergies worlds over. As a result, its bold and rebellious spirit found commonality in the ethos of A Bathing Ape.

Grown out of the backstreets of Ura-Harajuku, BAPE played a pivotal role in the development of Tokyo’s street culture scene, transcending nearly three decades of change to become a symbol of Japanese fashion and luxury.

MCM by A Bathing Ape
MCM by A Bathing Ape
MCM by A Bathing Ape
MCM by A Bathing Ape

Channeling the shared influences of both brands, the collaborative capsule focuses on four central themes: opulence, the street, music, and pop culture.

Through the combination of two astute knowledge sets, MCM and BAPE have successfully created a collection that is indicative of today’s fashion and pop culture zeitgeist. Rooted in luxury, all design speak to each brand’s affiliation with status symbols; for MCM, this is its now-iconic Visetos patterning, and for A Bathing Ape, this is its emancipation from conservatism and wholehearted embrace of ’90s indulgence.

Characterized by a bold combination of graphic arrangements, the release merges BAPE’s iconic shark motif and unique camouflage patterning with MCM’s Visetos. Next to such foundational design elements, the collection also plays host to a never-before-seen interpretation of BAPE’s archetypal Ape Head logo, rendered in MCM’s classic cognac and brown tones. Building off the aforementioned synergies, MCM and A Bathing Ape have been able to speak to the rich design language of the 1980s while effortlessly encompassing the feeling of elegance indicative of this particular decade.

MCM by A Bathing Ape
MCM by A Bathing Ape
MCM by A Bathing Ape

The capsule collection takes on a selection of streetwear staples including sweaters, jogging pants and graphic T-shirts. Complimenting such staples, the duo has released a pair of PVC slides and a collectible Monkey Charm, both of which represent the latter’s knack for turning even the simplest of accessories into luxurious consumer items.

Last, but certainly not least, the capsule sees interpretations of some of MCM’s most iconic accessory and bag styles; the Backpack and Weekender Bag, as well as its Large and Mini Wallet. Pieces combine MCM’s Visetos patterning with a selection of signature BAPE graphics, including its widely-recognized shark mouth motif and collegiate lettering, seen here in the form of rubber stamps and embroidered insignias. Accompanying these goods is a Backpack and Belt Bag constructed from BAPE’s signature camouflage patterning, highlighted by gold metal detailing and a collaborative plaque.

The first-ever MCM BY BATHING APE collection is dropping on the Highsnobiety Shop on October 26. Here’s how you can shop it.

Words by Adam Mark
Weekend Editor
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