BAPE And Star Wars Are Dropping A Collection To Celebrate The Rise Of Skywalker
It's now one of the unspoken rules of pop culture that you can't have a big budget movie release without having at least one or two hype-centric fashion collabs to go with it. The pending release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is no exception, with the iconic movie franchise having already flexed its high fashion muscles in a collection with Swiss imprint Vetements and hit the sneaker world with a new Adidas collab.
In a slightly more accessible release, Star Wars have now teamed up with the folks at Japanese Streetwear icon A Bathing Ape, who are bringing their signature cartoon designs to a fresh capsule to celebrate the final installment in the series' latest trilogy.
While many previous Star Wars collabs have played on fans' sense of nostalgia by harkening back to the characters and stories of old, this collection leans a little more heavily into celebrating some of the characters more recently introduced. Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren are all honoured alongside time-honoured names like R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewbacca.
The collection spans a number of streetwear staples, ready for both summer and winter, from coach Jackets to pullover hoodies, crewnecks, long-and short-sleeved tees, handkerchiefs, tote bags and a range of character keychains.
This is far from the first pop-centric collab to come from the Japanese label. Just a couple of months ago, BAPE teamed up with Disney to produce an exclusive capsule for Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian, while in the last year they've also dropped collaborations with Formula 1, Marvel, Sesame Street, and Ghostbusters. They've also designed merch for the likes of Big Sean, The Weeknd and J Balvin, just to name a couple.
The pending release of Star Wars has seen a flurry of brands emerge to collaborate on collections with the franchise, and perhaps spurred on by Disney, the creatives behind the series have had no hesitation in saying yes to more collaborations than ever.
Aside from the aforementioned Vetements drop, they've also worked with Porsche on the design for a conceptual spaceship, teamed up with Fortnite to bring the weapons and characters of the new trilogy into the game, introduced OLED bottles with Coca-Cola, and released a limited-edition phone with Samsung.