Toronto-born singer, songwriter, and record producer The Weeknd, who is well known for hit songs like “Coming Down” and “Starboy,” has had ongoing partnerships with many fashion companies. From fast-fashion powerhouse H&M to athletic company PUMA, he has paved roads in fashion for many R&B and rap artists. However, out of all the clothing line collaborations, A Bathing Ape (BAPE) has been the most sought out by hypebeasts and fashion enthusiasts alike.
BAPE x XO has been a relatively recent running collaboration, which started back in 2018, when first announced by the Japanese clothing brand on their Instagram.
In their first launch on August 4, 2018, they released a collection that sported custom BAPE x XO camo patterns on t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, sweat shorts, a work jacket and even a rug. The most notable and iconic item in the collection was a full-zip shark hoodie that used the XO slogan “XO til we overdose” and bright camo print.
On the BAPE website, The Weeknd gives his thoughts on the brand: “Bape has always been one of my favourite brands growing up. The quality of their product and longevity of their company have made them iconic and it’s something we aspire to be. It’s been more than a year since we started developing this collection so I’m excited to get it out to the world.”
To no surprise, BAPE x XO released another collection the following year, which included a varsity jacket, jean jacket, long-sleeves, and BAPE STA™ tracksuit. Most recently, in December 2020, the duo released a shoe collection featuring the iconic BAPE STA™ in black and white-based colourway, both including bright green accents and metal XO lace lock.
I am always excited to see what the new year has in store when it comes to fashion, primarily when it comes to exclusive collaborations like BAPE x XO. I have high hopes for 2021 fashion especially after seeing the releases that dropped in December 2020.