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Stadium Goods Teams With BAPE for Original Sneaker

Stadium Goods is teaming up with A Bathing Ape, the Japanese streetwear label also known as BAPE, for its first-ever sneaker release, it announced Monday.

The collaboration will produce specially branded editions of the classic BAPE STA and this year’s new silhouette, the SK8 STA. Both styles will launch this fall in limited quantities and for a limited time, the Farfetch-owned sneaker and streetwear marketplace said. They will retail for $315 each.

Stadium Goods has built its name curating an inventory of rare, experimental and collectible sneakers. The collaboration with BAPE, it said, will channel this expertise through “familiar” colorways and details designed to resonate with both passionate sneakerheads and casual sneaker fans.

“BAPE is a staple in every sneakerhead’s closet, including mine, and we’re hyped to have the opportunity to work with them on the ‘BAPE STA’ and ‘SK8 STA’ models,” Greig Bennett, vice president of brand creative and head designer for Stadium Goods, said in a statement.

The original footwear collab follows the debut of Stadium Goods’ stand-alone clothing line, Stadium, in March. Bennett, a past merchandise designer for Miles Davis, A$AP Rocky and Billie Eilish, designed the 11-piece collection. The lineup included a rugby sweater tie-dye hoodie, varsity jacket/hoodie combo and casual fleece tracksuit.

Stadium Goods will release special branded versions of A Bathing Ape's BAPE STA and SK8 STA sneakers

“2021 has been a huge year for us with the debut of the Stadium line and the continuing momentum of our overall apparel offering,” Bennett added. “This BAPE collaboration is a preview of what’s to come in 2022. We’re excited to continue sharing our in-depth knowledge and expertise of sneaker history and culture.”

In June, Stadium Goods reunited with the luxury auction house Christie’s to auction off a massive, 90-piece collection of Michael Jordan-themed sneakers. The pair’s second collaboration together included game-worn sneakers, samples and prototypes from the Air Jordan’s early days; rare exclusives; and pairs worn by Jordan’s teammates and rivals.

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