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, the shoe 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 adidas Basketball x BAPE DAME4 will be launching on Saturday 17th February; ONLINE 00:01GMT and IN-STORE 10:00GMT.
adidas Basketball x BAPE DAME4
Launch: Saturday 17th February; ONLINE 00:01GMT and IN-STORE 10:00GMT