Dr. Martens x BAPE® is here. The exclusive collaboration with the legendary Japanese streetwear brand features classic DM’s styles, reworked with an embossed BAPE camo print.
Japanese clothing brand A Bathing Ape, also known as BAPE, was founded in 1993. Since then BAPE has garnered a cult following around the world and their playful designs have spawned a legion of die-hard fans. Their logo is inspired by the original Planet of The Apes movies and now their iconic camo print has been used to transform the classic Dr. Martens 1460 boot and 1461 shoe.
We caught up with Mina Kitsos of Dr. Martens to find out more about our latest collaboration…
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Mina Kitsos. I’m the Global Product Line Manager for special projects and collaborations. By working with brands, I help develop and bring special projects to life.
Why did you choose to collaborate with BAPE?
We partnered with BAPE back in 2012 and with 2018 being their 25th anniversary year, we wanted to reignite the relationship. We’re good friends and big fans of BAPE and the team over in Japan and the opportunity and timing is right for us. BAPE are a streetwear heavyweight and we respect what they’ve done as a brand over the past 25 years. Their influence on a street culture level is massive.
Can you tell us a bit about the collaboration?
The design process with BAPE is always interesting as both teams bring so many ideas. The idea of the emboss was very simplistic – we wanted to blend the very best iconic features of both brands in a contemporary fresh manner. Iconic Doc’s boots and shoes, in iconic leathers and colours, with the ever-iconic BAPE camo. The hidden discovery detail element is important to both brands.
When and where can we get our hands on the Dr. Martens x BAPE collaboration?
The release is 27th of January in selected Doc’s stores and online. The collab is also available in all BAPE stores globally.
The Dr. Martens x BAPE 1460 boot:
The 1460, named after the date of its creation, 1st April, 1960, is synonymous with punk, ska and grunge music as well as being adopted as a symbol of rebellious self-expression by individuals from all walks of life. This incarnation, in collaboration with BAPE features the famous BAPE camo embossed into Smooth leather.
The Dr. Martens x BAPE 1461 shoe:
Originally sold as a durable working man’s shoe, today the 1461 is worn as a statement of self-expression by trendsetters from all walks of life. This incarnation of the 3-eye shoe, in collaboration with BAPE, features the famous BAPE camo embossed into Smooth leather.