Brand: Louis De Guzman x BAPE

Model: ROADSTA

Release Date: November 19

Price: ¥30,800 (approx. $221)

Buy: Louis De Guzman and BAPE’s websites

Editor’s Notes: BAPE is bringing out ROADSTAs for the holidays again, having tapped visual artist Louis De Guzman to issue a spin special on its famed shoe model.

Guzman essentially brings his artwork the 2000s classic — which received a metallic “rebirth” in December 2021 — with his signature shard-like shapes taking over the insole and the upper’s STA motif.

Muted colorblocking comprises the leather and suede upper as hints of blue supply a pop of color, which again speaks to the artist’s vibrant style.

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Guzman has never been on to shy away from color, as seen in his previous New Balance collab and art pieces.

The creative’s work — trippy, geometric takes on pop culture characters like The Simpsons and Astro Boy — often boast his signature palette, a combination of pinks, blues, and purple hues.

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In addition to the ROADSTA, Guzman’s BAPE offering also includes items like tees, pullovers, hats, and, erm, a towel, riffed with the artist’s abstract designs and BAPE characters like the APE HEAD.

There’s also a collaborative BABY MILO® Figure up for the taking, which sees the BAPE’s famed figure reimagined through the artist’s distinctive lens. Figurines are certainly nothing new for the artist, whose paths with BE@RBRICK in the past.

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Louis De Guzman and BAPE’s collab hits the road soon, landing on the brands’ websites and in-store at BAPEXCLUSIVE™ Aoyama, DOVER STREET MARKET Ginza, and COMME des GARCONS Osaka.

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