- The Curatorial
Human Made was founded in 2010 by Japanese streetwear icon Nigo (the guy behind A Bathing Ape and ICECREAM) and Sk8thing (the guy behind Cav Empt), who is also known for designing the iconic logos of "A Bathing" Apes" and "Billionaire Boys Club."
Tomoaki Nagao, better known as Nigo, was born in Japan in the 70s. His first exposure to fashion was at the prestigious Bunka Fashion School, where he started as a fashion editor and later became an editor and stylist for Popeye magazine. Nigo got involved in Tokyo's nightlife as a hip-hop fanatic and met Jun Takahashi and Hiroshi Fujiwara. The latter is also known as the "Tokyo Godfather" who appointed Nigo as an assistant. Due to Nigos's close resemblance to Fujiwara, he was nicknamed "Nigo", which means "Number Two" in Japanese.
In 1993, together with Takahashi, Nigo opened the international streetwear boutique “Nowhere” in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, marking the beginning of a trailblazing journey across the creative industry before Human Made.
Nigo’s next chapter after selling BAPE and moving on from Billionaire Boys Club was Human Made. The transition from ape to human. Human Made is what he describes as his attempt to selfishly create the clothes he felt like wearing. Human Made is a reinterpretation of pre-1960s Americana clothing, specifically workwear, with a more mature tone for Human Made in comparison to his previous projects. Human Made stands out as a more personal project. Human Made goes against the current flow of trends within fashion, using a secret recipe that includes the right amount of craftsmanship and nostalgia.