10 of Supreme’s Best CollaborationsOur favourites
Over the past 25 years, Supreme New York has dropped some of the most hotly anticipated collaborations in streetwear in history. The small Lafayette Street store founded by James Jebbia has worked with some of the biggest brands on the planet, epitomising what it means to create highly sought after limited-edition streetwear pieces in the process.
For FW19, the New York skate store has already managed to cause quite a stir, dropping some of the weirdest Supreme items in its two-decade-long history. However, some of the best Supreme items have also dropped this year, ensuing unparalleled hype and a lot of attention in the process.
Here at KLEKT, we thought it was about time to rank our favourite Supreme collaborations from the past quarter-century. We’ll be looking into Supreme’s artist collaborations and Supreme’s clothing collaborations, giving a retrospective look at how important these collabs are in Supreme’s brand history.
Disclaimer: This is our opinion! We realise that there are A LOT that we could have chosen from, but in terms of importance, cultural shock and overall hype, these are what we think are the coolest Supreme collaborations. Enjoy!
Supreme x Stone Island (2014)
Back in 2014, Supreme was celebrating its 20th anniversary. The brand had unveiled a string of re-releases, such as the classic box logo, Taxi Driver T-shirt and a whole host of Supreme clothing collaborations. The likes of Supreme x Nike, Supreme x Commes des Garçons and Supreme x Vans were all highly coveted. However, one collaboration caught the eyes of streetwear aficionados more than any other.
Supreme announced it would be working with none other than Stone Island, the brainchild of classic designer Massimo Osti and younger brother of C.P Company. It was Supreme’s first foray into working with the Italian fashion brand, but it would not be it’s last. A number of items were released, with delicate Supreme touches throughout. Some of the biggest hits were the Raso Gommato Jacket, hooded sweatshirts and crewnecks.
The collaboration sold out almost immediately and it really helped Supreme integrate with higher-priced utility-focused garments. Five years later and Supreme x Stone Island has continued to thrive, with releases every year since.
Supreme x The North Face (2011)
What has become one of the most sought after Supreme drops year on year started almost a decade ago. Californian outdoor wear manufacturer The North Face has long created jackets that are designed to embrace the elements. In 2011, Supreme had collaborated with The North Face for the first time on three exclusive Nuptse Jackets.
Featuring a leopard print in three eye-catching colours, the jacket was a big hit with streetwear kids and, for many, the first time that they had come across the brand. This collaboration spawned some of the most sought after Nuptse’s in history, kick-starting the likes of mastermind WORLD, Junya Watanabe and more working with the San Francisco outdoor brand. Supreme clothing collaborations don’t get much better than this.
This is definitely one of the best Supreme collaborations purely because of what it spawned. Who would have thought that you could scale a mountain and flex while doing so?
Supreme x Mo Wax (2014)
Limited edition Supreme clothing can come in many forms, but this box logo is without a doubt one of the most exclusive. When it comes to rare Supreme items, fewer come close than the Mo Wax box logo T-shirt. In 2014, Mo Wax was celebrating its 21st anniversary, with founder James Lavell putting together an exhibition to celebrate the record labels history.
Featuring artwork by legendary graffiti artist Futura, as well as a commemorative date and the location of the gallery on the back, the Mo Wax bogo is one of the rarest on the planet. Only 50 were produced and those who happened to be at the launch of the exhibition managed to get their hands on one. There are rare box logos and then there are rare box logos. The Mo Wax is one of the rarest Supreme box logos ever.
Supreme x Fender Stratocaster (2017)
If you’ve ever wondered “why is Supreme so hyped?” then you don’t need to look much further than this. 2017 was a monumental year for Supreme’s accessories arsenal. Chopsticks, chairs and cordless razors were some of the most popular from the FW17 release, however, there was one accessory that caught the eye of almost every hypebeast and musician on the planet.
Skateboarding and music go hand in hand, so when Supreme unveiled its collaboration with world-famous guitar manufacturer in 2017, it was an instant hit. The all-white Fender Stratocaster was made in the Fender Custom Shop in select numbers. It featured some unique details, such as a custom white strap with Supreme branding as well as a red box logo on the pickguard while the neck plate features an engraved box logo on the rear.
To finish the whole thing off, the Supreme x Fender Stratocaster came in a black leather case with velvet lining. A large Supreme logo could be found across the entire length of the box so there was no second-guessing who the custom guitar was for. As expected, these sold out pretty quickly and hit the resell market for almost double the retail cost. This is one of those Supreme items that is a serious collectable.
Supreme x RIMOWA (2018)
All Supreme collabs have a story but this one we can’t explain. Whilst suitcases may not be one of the most exciting things to talk about, brands such as RIMOWA have often found ways to make them interesting. The German luggage manufacturer has gained a reputation for being the leading suitcase maker on the planet. When Supreme announced that it would be launching unique suitcases with the brand, hypebeasts around the world quickly became interested.
The custom cases were Supreme’s take on the classic cases, featuring all of RIMOWA’s expertise with the New York skate stores flare. The cases featured a silver “Supreme” logo emblazoned from top to bottom and came in two sizes and colours; a simple red/silver and black/silver. When the cases dropped, they quickly became one of the most hyped items from the year, selling out instantly.
In 2019, Supreme dropped an updated version featuring an all-black case with cobweb detail across the entire thing. However, the OG is still the best.
Supreme x Damien Hirst (2009)
Supreme is no stranger to the world of art. The list of Supreme’s artist collaborations features the likes of Jeff Koons, Kaws, Larry Clark and Peter Saville. However, one Supreme artist collab sticks in the mind of KLEKT more than any other; Supreme x Damien Hirst.
Back in 2009, Supreme announced that it would be working with Hirst on a collaborative set of decks. Hirst, known for projects that include severing animals in half and placing them in formaldehyde tanks, has always provoked the art world. His famous dot paintings can fetch thousands at auction and have become a trademark. The Supreme x Damien Hirst collab was one of the most hyped drops of the year for skaters and art collectors alike.
These are some of the most sought after Supreme decks around, with prices regularly hitting €2,000 per deck. It’s safe to say you won’t see anyone shredding one of these on the rails any time soon. On the long Supreme collaborations list this is up there with one of the best.
Supreme x Stern Pinball Machine (2018)
This definitely one of the weirdest Supreme items to release but then again, when you compare it to the brick, is it really that weird? Supreme has a knack for dropping unexpected collaborations and has done for the past 25 years. The brand’s ability to keep its fans on their toes is what makes Supreme so popular.
The 2018 collaboration with famous pinball manufacturer Stern was one of the most hyped Supreme items of the decade. Supreme put its signature twist on the pinball machine in a genius way. The backbox featured a large ‘Sup’ logo which then made its way into the playfield. Unique Supreme branding applications helped drive the hype of the machine with a white case and red box logo finishing the whole thing off. All Supreme collaborations are individual but this is like nothing ever seen before.
With only 100 rumoured to be produced and with a €9,000 price tag, the Stern Pinball Machine was one of the rarest Supreme pieces for serious collectors with deep pockets. Prices on the resell market range anywhere from €40,000-€60,000 and shown no signs of coming down.
Supreme x Nike SB Dunk (2002)
Supreme Nike collabs are now one of the sneaker community’s biggest talking points. However, back in the early 2000s, the two were just getting acquainted.
In 2002, Nike SB was launched with the late great Sandy Bodecker at the helm. After a failed attempt to get its foot in the door of skateboarding in 1997, Nike had to ensure that it was getting everything right in order to succeed with the picky skate community. Nike gave several riders and stores the opportunity to work on the Nike SB Dunk.
Supreme’s first collaboration with the Swoosh was, and still is, one of the greatest Nike SB Dunks in history. The shoe came in two colourways; white/blue and red/black. Both shoes were comprised of premium leather and came with a white midsole. However, the real star of the shoe was the use of the elephant print that was found on the Air Jordan 3. This was the first time that Nike had used the elephant print on another shoe.
The sneaker was an instant hint with both the sneaker and skating community. It was for many sneakerheads the first time that they had come across the small New York skate store, but it would certainly not be the last. Supreme’s Nike collaboration would launch a long illustrious relationship that spanned shoes like the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Max 98, Nike Air Uptempo, Nike SB Dunk High, Nike Flyknit Lunar and the Air Jordan 5.
Supreme x Honda CRF 250R Dirt Bike (2019)
Although this may be the newest item on this Supreme collabs list, it’s undeniably one of the greatest for a number of reasons. Supreme is no stranger to motorsports, regularly dropping pieces that are reminiscent of jerseys, trucker jackets and the classic Coleman Mini Bike.
However, the 2019 collaboration with Honda Fox Racing will go down in the brand’s history as the strongest motorsport contribution. When the dirt bike was unveiled in Supreme’s FW19 preview earlier this year, fans were immediately drawn to it. The bright red frame with a Supreme logo across the entire thing had fans crying out for more. A US exclusive release, the Supreme x Honda CRF 250R dirt bike was the most expensive Supreme item at retail, fetching a cool $10,998.
With limited numbers, and with even more limited people able to cop, the Supreme x Honda collab is without a doubt one of the best of all time.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton (2017)
Whether you loved it or hated it, you cannot deny the sheer greatness of Supreme’s Louis Vuitton collaboration. After leaked images appeared towards the end of 2016 that showed a Louis Vuitton T-shirt with a Supreme logo featured throughout, the world began to get excited.
Kim Jones, then Menswear Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton, had been a fan of Supreme since he worked in a London streetwear store which carried the skate brand. After collaborations with the likes of fragment design, Jones had suggested the idea of working alongside Supreme to release a collection. What ensued was hype that had not been seen before.
The collaboration, which covered everything from bags, hoodies, box logo T-shirts and trunks became the undoubted winner of 2017’s fashion collaborations. It had set the fashion world alight, bringing Supreme to a luxury market and making it a name that every industry magazine and international newspaper was speaking about. Queues were seen outside Louis Vuitton stores around the globe, with many lining up to get their hands on anything they could.
Even now, two years later, Supreme x Louis Vuitton is widely considered the collaboration of the decade. And for the small skate store on Lafayette Street, it marked how far they had come in its two decades of running.
We hope you enjoyed a look at some of Supreme’s best collabs at KLEKT. We’ve covered everything from Supreme’s Louis Vuitton box logo to some of the best pieces of old Supreme clothing. There is no denying that clothing brands like Supreme have managed to create a name for themselves based on the unique approach they take to collaborations. All Supreme’s collabs have enabled the brand to go from strength to strength.
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