Nigo (Tomoaki Nagao), a fashion designer from Japan, established A Bathing Ape (BAPE) in Ura-Harajuku in 1993. The company operates 19 stores in Japan, including Bape Stores, Bape Pirate Stores, Bape Kids Stores, Bapexclusive Aoyama, and Bapexclusive Kyoto, and is known for its lifestyle and street apparel for men, women, and kids. The Bape Gallery, a location utilised for various events and art exhibitions sponsored by Bape, is also located in the Kyoto store. Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenyang, Seoul, Jakarta, Dubai, New York City, Kuala Lumpur, London, Paris, Miami, and Los Angeles all have stores as well.