The story behind BUILT is both simple and inspiring. Heeding the need of a friend, then design school graduates Aaron Lown and John Roscoe Swartz created a purpose specific carrying tote for wine. While beautiful and functional, its fine Italian leather construct was simply too expensive for the duo to produce on a larger scale. Then the idea to incorporate the lowly Neoprene to their designs and the company BUILT was born. 9 years and numerous accolades later, Lown and Swartz not only kept the synthetic Neoprene as their go to material. Its becoming BUILT's signature as well. Because of their expertise, A Bathing Ape (BAPE) recently partnered with the New York-based design firm in creating a capsule collection of accessories. From camera cases, laptop sleeve, to water bottle tote, a total of 13 designs are available, each with BAPE's 1st Camo pattern. While on sale in Japan for sometimes, the items just became available here in the U.S., through BAPE New York storefront and its online store. In addition, there might be a giveaway contest soon to a few fortunate BAPE fans.
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