A Bathing Ape picked by Heineken for capsule collection
Hong Kong-owned A Bathing Ape has been chosen by brewing giant Heineken as its partner for this year’s #Heineken100 program, its eighth collaboration with a retail fashion brand.
The two companies have created a capsule collection of four co-branded fashion items: a hoodie, coach jacket, t-shirt and a six-pack bottle carrier.
Unlike previous years – when the creations were gifted only to the 100 most influential beer drinks around the globe – this year consumers can buy the merchandise at a one-day only popup in New York. The store will be open in Japanese gastropub Izakaya in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood in New York on Tuesday (December 12).
Last year, Heineken collaborated with luggage brand Tumi to create a series of essential travel products. Other previous partners include Public School, Garrett Leight, Union Los Angeles, Parabellum, Mark McNairy, Kith and Neighborhood Japan.
“The goal of the #Heineken100 program has always been to connect the brand with people who drive culture forward,” said Coltrane Curtis, founder and managing partner of Team Epiphany, the marketing agency behind the initiative. “This year, we listened to the fans. By opening up #Heineken100 to New Yorkers, we’re able to directly engage with consumers in one of the most influential cities in the world.”
“This year’s #Heineken100 campaign brings together two brands with global ubiquity, whose consumers have a taste for luxury and innovation,” added Raul Esquer Lopez, Heineken USA brand manager. “We’re thrilled to partner with Bape, an iconic brand that shares a history of inventiveness through creating highly-aspirational imports for the man of the world.”
The half-zip pullover hoodie will sell for US$399, the camo coach jacket for $413, the t-shirt for $112 and the cooler for $115. All feature dual branding.
Bape is owned by Hong Kong’s I.T. Group.