A Bathing Ape 2014 Fall/Winter Gold Face T-Shirt for Selfridges

BAPE‘s ape logo is one of the most widely recognizable graphics in streetwear. It was inspired by the original Planet of the Apes movies and has stuck with the brand since its inception in the early ’90s. The emblem has been printed as a caricature on numerous occasions, and has even spawned the miniature version, Baby Milo. Now, BAPE is bringing the classic design to the U.K. high end department store Selfridges. The exclusive tee features a metallic gold face ape across the chest.

The tee is available now at Selfridges while supplies last.

A look inside the BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS (Japan) London Pop-Up Store

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Last night on Dray Walk in East London, Japanese clothing designer Bedwin & The Heartbreakers opened up their very first London based pop-up store. It will remain inside the current Folk store for the foreseeable future to gazette the brand’s latest “Don’t You” Collection.

Having come a long way following foundation in late 2004, the brand remains true to the aesthetic for which we have come to know them for — presenting the usual range of street-savvy, college prep basics such as sloganed tees and sweaters, shirting and sportingly accented outerwear. Durable, high quality goods that do well to uphold their slogan of “Paramount Quality.”

To view the complete “Don’t You” Collection from Bedwin & The Heartbreakers click here, or head over to the store on 11 Dray Walk.

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11 Dray Walk
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

 

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YR Store x A Bathing Ape Custom T-Shirts at Selfridges

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Customizable fashion brand YR Store has announced its latest collaboration, one that will surely have HYPEBEASTs around the world going apeshit. Running through the holiday season, patrons of London-based clothier Selfridges will be presented with the unique opportunity to customize their very own premium cotton T-shirt with a range of exclusive BAPE designs as well as varsity-styled text and numbers that can be filled with a classic BAPE camo pattern of their choice.

To ensure the best quality, YR Store invested in a state-of-the-art live digital print process where consumers can get their tees printed in a matter of minutes, while visitors to Selfridges Birmingham and Manchester will have their item shipped the next day. With prices ranging from £100 GBP (approximately $161 USD) for adults and £70 GBP (approximately $113 USD) for kids, this YR Store x A Bathing Ape installation will be open for two months, from October 24 to December 24.

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Artist Profile: Kazumi Akao’s “Gumi Chan” figurines at Paul Smith London

 

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Figurine artist Kazumi Akao and set designer Nobuhiko Yoshimitsu make Gumi Chan, a set of handmade figurines depicting the suburban modern jazz era of 1960s Japan. Akao chose the ’60s because of the decade’s particularly optimistic sensibility, trying to bring hope back to Japan where people are still affected by the 2011 natural disaster.
Inspired by her dream of a better life, Paul Smith offered to exhibit Gumi Chan at his storefront in London. See the pieces on view now until February 27 at 9 Albemarle Street.
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China blocks the Guardian (UK) website

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The website of Britain’s the Guardian newspaper has been blocked in China since Tuesday, for no apparent reason. While US publications and journalists have been coming under pressure from Chinese censors for a number of years, this is the first time a major UK publication has been blocked.

A source in Beijing confirmed that theguardian.com was still blocked as of 4.26pm local time Wednesday, and could only be accessed through a VPN service. Another reader confirmed the same from Shanghai.

The websites of the New York Times and Bloomberg have been blocked by Beijing since both published reports in 2012 on the wealth of Chinese leaders’ families. However, the Guardian claimed, “no China-related stories published by the Guardian in the past two days would obviously be perceived as dangerous by the country’s leadership.”

As of Wednesday afternoon there was no sign of the Guardian website being unblocked. Major websites have been blocked temporarily before and later unblocked, so this may be a temporary measure. Last month Chinese immigration withheld visas from some NYT and Bloomberg reporters in what appeared to be an intimidation tactic, before later issuing them.

The censorhip of the Guardian website was initially confirmed by website monitoring site Greatfire.com.

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A BATHING APE® VERY APE UK Lookbook

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Following-up on the recent unveiling of the Very Ape UK collection and the celebration of BAPE STORE London’s 11th anniversary, photographer Christina Paik captures a lookbook set against the streets of London. Referencing the past, Very Ape UK was originally a British-made diffusion label prior to the launch of the London BAPE STORE.

The return of the line features several classic designs, all of which will be available as of November 30 at the BAPE STORE London.

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Sikh contribution to the Army honoured in Sandhurst event

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BBC: The historic contribution made by Sikh soldiers who fought for Britain has been marked by the Army at an event at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey. Many thousands of Sikhs died fighting for the British Indian Army during both world wars.

Today is really about commemorating the Sikh contribution to the armed forces both today and in the past,” said Lt Col John Kendall, who organised the event at the Indian War Memorial room at Sandhurst. “It is a story of loyalty, courage and selfless commitment,” he said.

During the days of the British Empire, Sikh soldiers were highly regarded by British officers for their martial prowess, according to Dr Anthony Morton, curator of the Sandhurst collection.

Sikhs have played an important role in the British Army for 150 years,” he said. “In both world wars Sikh regiments fought for the British all over the world, even on the western front in the First World War and they distinguished themselves very well.

He said Sikh soldiers had won Victoria Crosses. However, it is a contribution which many Sikhs in the UK believe is largely unrecognised, which is why author Jay Singh Sohal believes events like this are important.

British Sikhs, third generation, fourth generation can take inspiration from the fact that their forebears fought for Great Britain,” he said.

Despite this long and distinguished martial tradition, there are only 265 Sikhs currently serving in the British Armed Services Army leaders hope by celebrating the military contribution of their ancestors, more will be encouraged to serve.

Lt Jagjit Singh Mahwara shares that view. He completed his officer training at Sandhurst three years ago and currently serves with the Royal Artillery. He thinks Sikhs may have misconceptions about the armed services.

Parents and children alike see the army as a war fighting machine,” he said. “But there is more – all work we do supporting civilian communities. People need to go out there and look at what we do in more depth.

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