Blast From The Past: A Bathing Ape Los Angeles Flagship Store Opening.
The cult Japanese streetwear brand with a rabid following and a single U.S. outpost, in Manhattan — have been burning up the blogosphere for years, speculating on where and when the first L.A. boutique would appear.
Well, here’s the answer: Construction on a boutique at 8001 Melrose Ave. is in its final phase, and the first West Coast Bathing Ape is expected to open mid-April. “We’re planning a big grand opening bash,” spokeswoman Amanda Silverman said. “Nigo [the line’s designer] will be in town, and we’re hoping Pharrell [Williams] and Kanye [West] will both be there.”