XLARGE Paid Tribute to Japan's Notoriously Handsome Gorilla

By: Riley von Niessen - Aug 17, 2016
References: cnn & hypebeast
Back in 2015, news of what was deemed a "surprisingly handsome gorilla" surfaced in Japan, where zoo-goers became entranced with Shabani -- leading to the story's viral spread over the Internet.

As a means to commemorate this strange time, XLARGE, a Los Angeles-based streetwear brand, included screen printed images of the handsome gorilla on a selection of shirts. Although Shabani remains in the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, his legend remains in tact -- at least in the eyes of the designers at XLARGE that is.

The collection includes black and white t-shirts that are made to the size of adults and children alike, allowing everyone to express their fandom of the handsome gorilla freely. The XLARGE brand name is supplied on the graphics along with Shabani's imagery, as well as the name of the primate.