Coinciding with one of the most exciting sporting weeks of the year, this month adidas Basketball teams up with iconic Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (BAPE) to create a head-turning take on the Damian Lillard 4 signature silhouette. Born from a mutual desire to reimagine basketball footwear and co-create with those who inspire us from sport, fashion and entertainment, adidas and BAPE® teamed up to fuse streetwear and on-court style through the lens of one of the game’s most elite creative point guards.
The Dame 4 BAPE® Collection offers a glimpse into Damian’s personal style and affinity for BAPE®’s signature design aesthetics. A longtime fan, Damian’s visit to BAPE®’s Tokyo Flagship during his 2015 adidas Asia Tour sparked the idea of collaborating with the brand.
“I became even more inspired by the brand when I visited BAPE®’s store in Japan,” said Damian. “From that point, I knew I wanted the first major collaboration for my signature line to be with BAPE®.”
Complementing the Damian Lillard 4’s aggressive design language, the collaborative model takes inspiration from BAPE’s coveted iconic Shark design and its distinctive decorative elements. Offered in green, black and red, each colorway features BAPE® CAMO on the upper with BAPE®’s shark tooth design displayed along the shoe’s full-length BOUNCE midsole. WGM, symbolizing World Gone Mad, and the classic tiger ‘a’ icon are featured on the ankle piece. YKWYTII, Damian’s You Know What Time It Is moniker is printed on the heel tape while adidas, BAPE® and Damian’s signature marks are highlighted throughout.
The Good Life will be releasing the latest collaboration between BAPE and adidas Basketball on a week where the world’s eyes are fixed on the court, bringing a streetwear perspective to the stage where all-stars make their name.
Release Date:17th February