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Name: Gold Foil

Time: 2007 to Present

Details: Can be found attached underneath the tags of nearly all Bape items.

Comments: Should not be used to determine authenticity.


 

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Below you will find various Ape head tags from over the years.

Note: Older tags may have very slight differences, but all retain the iconic Ape head shape.












Name: APEE (women's)

Time: - 2007

Details: All women's items now use the usual brown head tag since APEE was discontinued in 2007.






Name: n/a

Time: Early-mid 2000's

Details: Sewn on a little higher up the sleeve.






Name: n/a

Time: Early 2000's

Details: Features registered trademark ® on the left side.






Name: Black Label

Time: n/a

Details: Used on items released exclusively at the "Bapexclusive" Aoyama and NYC stores.

Comments: Has been used on some non-store exclusive releases in recent seasons.






Name: Pirate Store

Time: n/a

Details: Used exclusively on Pirate Store branded items.






Name: Baby Milo

Time: 2005 to 2007

Details: Used exclusively on Milo branded items.




Backside:

 

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Name: BAPE

Time: 2005/6 through 2007







How to determine authenticity:

Be sure that..
  • Letters are not too bold
  • Correct spacing, ie. no excess white area
  • Small shadow exists where the curved pieces of the "B" meet (circled)
  • BAPE shadow extends all the way to the lower left corner leaving no white border
  • BY *A BATHING APE is indented to halfway below the "B"
  • Approximately 1.5 inches in width





Alternate version used on reversible items:

Attached to the side hem instead of the neck.



 

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Name: Bape Classics

Time: 2008 through 2010

Details: Classics stitched in gold foil.



 

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Fakes may not be apparent until you check the details. Small things like tags are usually overlooked and full of mistakes.


Below you will find pics of real authentic Bape tags. This is how all tags should look.


If you have pics of tags for an item in question, closely compare them with the pics in this guide.
 

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Name: A Bathing Ape

Time: 2010 to Present




In 2011, it was updated with changes to..

  • larger overall size
  • different font
  • larger ape head size and shape
  • World Gone Mad motto

 

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Name: FrankenApe

Time: 2005 through 2007

Details: Used exclusively on shark and tiger hoodies.

Comments: After 2007, all monster hoodies use the usual brown head tag.

There are three exceptions which use the FrankenApe tag:

  • (2010) BapeLand 1st Anniversary shark

  • (2010) neon color shark (red/sax/yellow/green)

  • (2010 AW) shark with camo on the back of left sleeve





Backside: "CITY OF THE WALKING BIOHATERS"

  • Be sure there is white space between L and K in "WALKING". Those letters are commonly connected on fakes.


 

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Name: MADEWITHGENERAL

Time: Early-mid 2000's

Details: Can be found in an assortment of colors, with and without a gradiant.



 

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Name: Ape Shall Never Kill Ape

Time: Early 2000's through 2005

Comments: Take note of the ape head shape surrounding the motto, font size and shape, and stitching.



 

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Name: IDEOGRAPEGH

Time: Early-mid 2000's to 2005

Sizes: XSmall - XLarge





Backside:




Women's tag:

 

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Name: APRIMAL APEAREL

Time: 2005/6 through 2007

Sizes: XSmall - XXLarge

Details: Color-coded based on size.


Women's X-Small = Yellow




Small = Red





Medium = White




Large = Blue




XL and XXL = White

  • Bape did not make sizes 3XL or 4XL, however they do appear on the tag.

 

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Name: Newest

Time: 2008 to Present

Sizes: XSmall - XXL

Details: Since late 2013, some tees are made in China. These tags will say "A Bathing Ape" instead of "Made In Japan".

Comments: Limited production of size 3XL in 2013.



 

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Name: Baby Milo

Time: 2005 to 2007

Details: Only used on Baby Milo branded items. The letters held by Milo correspond to the size.


This tag was used only on T-SHIRTS




Alternate version used on tees and cut & sewn:



 
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