How To Spot A Fake Bape T-Shirt (In 2024)

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

The quickest way to spot fake Bape t-shirts is to look at the wash and the neck tags’ quality of printing. Fakes always have their inscriptions either very thin or excessively thick.

Wondering how to spot fake Bape tees? Then you are in the right place because we have prepared this article with the best spots you have to analyze in order to learn how to spot fake Bape College print items.

In this guide, we will link real vs fake Bape College images in order for you to understand what we mean whenever we will point out the flaws of the fake Bape College.

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With all of this being said, let’s move on to the proper real vs fake Bape College printing legit check guide.

How you can tell a fake Bape tee

You can tell a fake Bape tee by looking at the interior + exterior sides of the neck tag. A fake Bape t-shirt always has thicker or thinner inscriptions compared to those seen on any authentic A Bathing Ape tee.

Most of the time, the replica Bape manufacturers manage to flaw the text on the wash and the neck tags due to the poor quality and the improper materials used.

Let’s check it out!

1. Wash tag

In the fake vs real Bape tee image above, we have pointed out two main flaws in the two wash tags:

  • The fake tee has the “NOWHERE CO., LTD” text too thin and small.
  • The lines of text on the second wash tag (in Japanese) are also too small.

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2. Neck tag

  • The first letter “A” is too curvy compared to the “A” on the real Bape tee’s neck tag.
  • In the “BATHING” text, you can also notice how the letter “T” is too curvy and too thick.
  • Not only the “T”, but also the rest of the letters have the same flaw, but it is the easiest visible on the letter “T”.
  • Moving on to the “APE” text, the Bape t-shirt has the letter “A” too thin on the left side of the letter, and on the right side, it looks too thick.
  • The “®” symbol has the letter “R” in the circle too big. It is so big that it touches the edges of the circle on the fake Bape College item.

On the other hand, the authentic Bape t-shirt has the letter inside the circle smaller so as not to touch the edges of the circle.

3. Bottom logo

  1. The fake Bape t-shirt has the mouth of the Bathing Ape logo less curvy than the retail Ape’s mouth.
    • The authentic Bathing Ape’s mouth is supposed to be really curvy, just to point out the fact that the Ape is angry.
  2. The fake ape has its beard looking less bumpy at the bottom, while the authentic ape’s beard is bumpier.
  3. The fake “®” symbol is too boxy and placed too low on the tag.
  4. The stitching on the fake Bape College item is less dense and it has some extra threads hanging.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Front print

  • The fake Bape College t-shirt item has the letters “A” and “T” in the “BATHING” text with two bumps at the top of the letters.
  • All of the letters on the retail Bape College item have the same font-weight all around the letters.
  • The fake Bape’s registered trademark element has the letter “R” touching the circle, while the legit Bape item has the letter small so as not to touch the circle, once again.

5. Golden tag

For this step of the guide on how to legit check Bape College items, we have placed the image and the information from our other fake vs real Bape Golden tag legit check guide, which you can access by clicking here.

With all of this being said, don’t worry – the same flaws apply to the Bape College tee too.

  • We can notice here how the authentic gold tag is thicker and of higher quality.
  • We’ll point out here the fact that the fake Bape logo on the gold tag has different dimensions and different spacing from the edges.
  • Also, keep an eye out for the fake Bape golden tags which sometimes are too shiny.

Shortlist: How to tell a fake Bape t-shirt

  1. Check the wash tags of your Bape tee. Most of the time, the fake Bape wash tags are too thin or too thick.
  2. Inspect the neck tag of your Bape t-shirt. Usually, the fake Bape items have their letters on the neck tag looking too thick and the (R) registered trademark symbol has the letter “R” too big.
  3. Verify the logo on the arm of your Bape tee. Usually, on the fake Bape t-shirts, the stitching at the top has extra threads, the registered trademark symbol has the letter “R” too big, and the beard of the ape is often less bumpy.
  4. Analyze the lettering on the frontal printing. Mostly, the fake Bape College tees have their letters too thick, with a few extra curves.
  5. Look at the golden tag of your A Bathing Ape t-shirt. Often, the fake Bape College tees have their gold tag too shiny and the ape’s face is not centred on the tag.

The 5 detailed real vs fake Bape College steps outlined above might not be so practical when you are in a hurry or when you want to buy the item online.

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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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