Collaborations – they fuse together individual strengths, unique designs and brings together some of the biggest names in the creative industry. Supreme may offer some limited pieces and collectable merchandise, but it doesn’t just keep it’s exclusivity to itself. We’ve therefore taken a look at some of the best Supreme brand collaborations ever.
From just a small store opening in 1994, Supreme has gone on to collaborate with a whole host of brands, artists, photographers, musicians, and so many more. In the 23 years it’s been around, the skateboarding and clothing brand has gone from a cult skate shop to a huge, influential streetwear brand. The Supreme collabs are endless, and with such a global status, founder James Jebbia doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
The exclusivity and long history of big brand collaborations have pushed Supreme up to where it is today. Starting with just a few pairs of customised Vans, it now collaborates with one of the biggest names in fashion. Supreme is a resellers dream and when each collaboration drops, we see the brand-loyalists come out and fuss over the limited-edition pieces that they need in their collections. So, what are the best Supreme brand collaborations?
Supreme x Vans
Supreme’s very first step into the collaboration world was with Vans. Pulling these out of the archives will have any hypebeast jumping out of their seats. This long-lasting partnership is where it all began. Launching first in 1996, the pair have had a on-going creative relationship, not only joining their two forces but bringing in more and more creatives each time. With Vans having such strong skateboarding roots and each skater needing a firm pair of sneakers to skate in, this is definitely one of the top Supreme collabs around.
Supreme debuted their Vans collaboration with a classic Old Skool sneaker. They created a trio of colourways and used the iconic, classic skate design as the base. These first pairs may be over two decades old, but the timeless and classic design is still as appealing now as it was then. With over 20 years of Supreme x Vans collaborations under their belt, the pair have worked on all trainer models including the Chukka Boot, Sk8-Hi and Old Skool, with new and more exciting designs coming out each time.
Supreme x Nike
Another long-lasting Supreme partnership is with the swoosh brand Nike. The Nike x Supreme timeline is full of some of the most crazed and desired sneakers around, from the Nike SB range to the Jordan 5 x Supreme. Each and every Supreme x Nike collab has brought innovation and design along with quite a heavy price tag and resell. In 2007, things changed when it wasn’t just trainers that they were creating. The Air Trainer 2 SB sneaker collection included a matching Nike SB x Supreme baseball jacket. This was the start of both a trainer and apparel mix with Nike, including a baroque all-over printed baseball jersey and shorts to match the Foamposites, plus a Dri-FIR running hat which goes hand in hand with the Air Max 98 2016 collab.
Supreme x Stone Island
The iconic compass badge brand was a popular luxury sportswear manufacturer in the 80s and 90s, but faced a dip in popularity when they started to became associated with ravers, drug dealers and football hooligans. However in 2014, thanks to the rise of urban tech garments and Drake’s new found love for the Italian brand, Stone Island broke through the ‘stoney’ barrier and bad reputation.
Supreme’s Stone Island collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time for the brand. Hitting it off with the C.P Company goggle jacket and the Nero jacket with minimal Supreme branding, purely being on just the back of the lining and the inside neck label. This could be seen as one of the best Supreme collabs of all time because of it’s ability to change the perspective of what is now well respected casual wear brand. As well as producing jackets, other attire such as crewnecks and hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants and camp caps were all part of the branded collaboration with Supreme. In the following seasons (SS15 and a increased product offering in 2016) the collaboration started to show more and more Supreme branding across each piece.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton
As the king of collaborations, it was only a matter of time before Supreme filtered in some top designer houses. Supreme and Louis Vuitton may be one of the biggest fashion phenomenons of our time, with the unlikely pair making their debut in January 2017 at Paris Fashion Week after rumours started circulating the previous year. The exclusivity of both brands increased and made the streetwear and designer world fall in love with a whole new collection. As one of the most expensive supreme collabs to date and potentially the hottest, most hyped collab of the past decade, Supreme x Louis Vuitton crossed the bridge between luxury and streetwear and it surprisingly worked really well.
Kim Jones, the menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton, and James Jebbia have a few unsuspected links when it comes to interests and experiences in fashion. Therefore, it can’t be denied that this top Supreme collab is up there with pieces in fashion that create interest, debate and a whole load of impressive design. Plus, being one of the rarest Supreme collabs so far, it’s taken the small streetwear brand to a whole new level.
Supreme x Levi’s
This, now seasonal collaboration, first came about in September 2011 when Levi Strauss & Co exclusively designed a range of Supreme products for some of Levi’s standard staple pieces. The 505 Zip-Fly Jean, Chambray Work Shirt, Trucker Jacket in both leather and suede, a Denim Down Vest and a Denim Bell Hat were all included in this small capsule collection. From the success of joining with an all American high quality denim brand, the duo began to focus their energy on pieces with more personality and pattern.
The Fall/Winter 2017 collection is a prime example of how they’re pushing pattern and colour boundaries, with the selection of overalls and trucker jackets featuring a snakeskin pattern and buffalo plaid lining. The two signature red logos may be very similar, but the pieces they produce together are always one of a kind.
Supreme x Timberland
Footwear partnerships for Supreme seem like second nature to them, meaning the Supreme x Timberland collaboration is yet another well established creative relationship. The two brands have worked well together for a while, with takes on the Euro Hiker, Field Boot and Waterproof Chukka model. The majority of the designs are kept tame, with the logo and classic Timberland structure simply incorporated, but not everything is always so subtle. American flags, leopard print motifs, snake patterns and a huge variety of colourways have all been seen on the worker shoes. The Supreme x Timberland archive is therefore never dull.
Supreme x The North Face
Supreme x North Face collabs are longstanding and are getting better and more creative with each new season. The North Face is yet another unlikely partnering for the streetwear brand to collaborate with. Not everyone out there would think of mixing technical utilitarian outerwear with a skateboarding, youth orientated brand. But never the less, it works. Launching two 90s inspired ‘Snow Beach’ versions of The North Face Summit Jacket, complete with leopard print lining in 2007, the collaboration gave The North Face a youthful edge.
Continuing to produce some of the best designed technical outerwear on the market, the past ranges have gone on to include the Nuptse, Denali, Expedition Pullover, Venture, Dot Shot, Fleece jackets and plenty more pieces. It’s now not just outerwear that’s getting some Supreme x North Face attention, as backpacks, rolling luggage, sweatshirts, T-shirts, trousers, gloves and sleeping bags are all in the mix. The reworked, classic designs have a sense of wit and countercultural spirit intact, as well as bold and bright colours, technical aspects and designs that don’t shy away from distinct branding.
Supreme x Lacoste
The French tennis apparel brand collaborated with Supreme earlier this year to produce a collection that was long awaited. The Supreme x Lacoste collab features a classic Harrington jacket, tennis sweater, track jacket and pants, pique crewneck and shorts, a long sleeve jersey polo, camp cap and a two-tone 90s style track suit. The arrival of the collaboration had a nostalgic tribute to Lacoste’s retro history and was a hypebeast’s favourite. The drop for this SS17 collaboration had a massive buzz when it hit London, as it combined edgy streetwear with preppy French-inspired pieces. Not just for the skate kids, this range uses both the iconic alligator logo and Supreme box to fuse together the two brands for a contemporary sportswear range.
Supreme x Aquascutum
A 2016 Supreme collab that has a different vibe to many of it’s previous works is when Supreme joined up with London tailors Aquascutum. The tailoring brand may have had the Royal Family’s seal of approval, but it went into bankruptcy administration in 2012. Recovering the following year when it was bought by a British owner, the Supreme collab for Fall 16 reworked some of their classic pieces. This pairing has more of a gentlemanly take on streetwear, with the Supreme x Aquascutum collab consisting of three Filey rain jackets, three track jackets, a checked scarf, flannel shirt, polo shirt and utility vest, all in the brown and beige check.
The infamous Club Check pattern is plastered across each product, with the Filey rain jacket and track jackets also being available in black and beige. The rain-proofers produced the first-ever waterproof wool and went on to make trench coats for soldiers in both World Wars. This 10 piece Supreme collaboration may be one of the smallest but it’s definitely one of the smartest and most technical.
Supreme x Commes Des Garcons
Any CDG collaboration is big, so when the Supreme x CDG collab came around it was destined to be a good one. Avant-garde designers Commes Des Garcons debuted their collection with Supreme in March 2012. A lot of super fans suspected that Supreme would go for CDG’s entry level label ‘PLAY’ to be the chosen style, but as always, Supreme pushed the boundaries and surprised the hypebeasts by collaborating with Commes des Garçons SHIRT line. This debut collection consisted of a camp cap, button down shirt and two styles of Vans sneakers. These all used the CDG signature shirting fabric. As well as this, a CDG polka dot pullover hoodie and T-shirt had the Supreme box logo printed in reverse across the front.
This signature collaboration hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down. The digi-camo and polka dots also took centre stage in 2013. Pinstripes were big for 2014 and a tartan collection emerged for 2015. The most recent Supreme x CDG collab includes a eyeball/crumpled box logo design that’s plastered across T-shirts, suits, shirts and a new addition to their collaborative history, a pair of Nike Air Force 1 Low. They may be one of the best collaborative duo’s around, but the pair often triple up with other brands such as Timberland, Nike and Vans in order to finish of each range with a unique pair of trainers.
Supreme x Clarks
The Wallabee® and Wallabee® Boot are Clark classics, so what better way to celebrate them than by collaborating with a top streetwear brand? Supreme x Clark’s launched this collab in the Spring of 2016 in three colourways – rose, navy and maple. The shoes feature suede uppers, woven suede vamps and crepe soles, and they’re kept fairly classic, with only the colours varying. These boot silhouettes are created exclusively for Supreme, with their signature embossed hangtags and matching colour laces adding to the design. The only noticeable Supreme element is seen on the hangtags, with the classic box logo embossed underneath the Clarks name.
On That Note
For Supreme, there’s no such thing as an unlikely partnership. Supreme collabs are full of innovative, unique and boundary-pushing designs, with each and every piece being tailored to incorporate their own and the collaborative brand’s roots. More often than not, hypebeasts rejoice when Supreme come out to announce another new and exciting brand collaboration.
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