Supreme (brand)

Supreme is an American skateboarding shop and clothing brand[6][7] established in New York City in April 1994.[8]

Industryclothing Edit this on Wikidata
Founded1994; 26 years ago (1994)[1]
FounderJames Jebbia[2]
(Founder & CEO)
Number of locations
ProductsClothing, shoes, accessories, skateboards
Total equityUS$1 billion[5] (2017)
ParentThe Carlyle Group (50%)

The brand caters to the skateboarding and hip hop cultures as well as to youth culture in general. The brand produces clothes and accessories and also manufactures skateboards. Its shoes, clothing, and accessories are sold extensively in the secondary market.

The distinctive red box logo with "Supreme" in white Futura Heavy Oblique is largely based on Barbara Kruger's propaganda art.[7]

Supreme releases new products through their retail locations around the world as well as their website on Thursday mornings in Europe and America, and on Saturday mornings in Japan.[9]


The brand was founded by James Jebbia. Although he was born in the United States, he lived in England until he was 19.[7] Jebbia was originally the manager of Stussy in New York in the early 1990s.[1]

The first Supreme store opened in an old office space on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan in April 1994.[10][11] It was designed with skaters in mind with a unique design for the store layout: by arranging the clothes around the perimeter of the store, a large central space permitted skaters with backpacks to skate into the store and still feel comfortable.[7] This store had its core group of skaters who served as its team in 1994,[7] which included late actors Justin Pierce and Harold Hunter, and the first employees were extras from the Larry Clark film Kids.[1]

In 2004, a second location was opened on North Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles, California, which is nearly double the size of the original New York City store and features an indoor skate bowl.[12] Other locations include Paris, which opened in 2016, London, which opened in September 2011, Tokyo (Harajuku, Daikanyama and Shibuya), Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka.[13] The additional locations emulate the original Lafayette Street store's design; stores feature rotating art displays, and use videos and music to attract attention.[11][1]

Supreme stocks its own clothing label, as well as other skateboard brands such as Vans, Nike SB, Spitfire, Thrasher and Girl Distribution Company, among others.[14] James Jebbia was quoted in saying that anything that Supreme releases will never be classified as "limited," but notes that they make short runs of their products because they "don't want to get stuck with stuff nobody wants."[7]

On October 5, 2017, Supreme opened their 11th store and second in New York City in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.[15][16] On October 6, 2017, James Jebbia confirmed that the label had sold a significant stake in the company of roughly 50% (around $500 million) to private equity firm The Carlyle Group.[17][18][17] On February 25, 2019, Supreme moved their original Manhattan location from 274 Lafayette Street to 190 Bowery.[19]

Supreme opened its 12th store, on Market Street in San Francisco, on October 24, 2019.[20][21]


Supreme has been granted trademarks in many countries including countries in North America, Europe and Asia. [22]

Supreme lost a lawsuit in an Italian court,[23] and the European Union refused to register its trademark,[24] so "Supreme" items not manufactured by Supreme can readily be sold in Italy and Spain,[25] and Samsung was able to sign a promotion agreement with a European "Supreme" (not Supreme).[26][27]


In 2018, Supreme was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Menswear Designer of the Year Award.[11]

In popular cultureEdit

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has produced some of the brand's most notable photographs, including of Michael Jordan, Kermit the Frog,[28] Three 6 Mafia, Lou Reed, Lady Gaga, Neil Young,[29] Gucci Mane, Nas, and Morrissey. Kenneth Cappello[30] made some of Supreme's most notable photo tees like Mike Tyson, Dipset, and Raekwon.[31]

Notable people who have worn Supreme clothing in public include members of the group Odd Future,[32][8] Odell Beckham Jr, Justin Bieber, Bad Bunny, BTS.

In 2019, then-Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was seen wearing apparel from a Spring 2019 Supreme collaboration with 47 Brand[33] during the Raiders' first day of training camp for their 2019 season.[34][35]

Other celebrities who have been seen on or wearing the brand include Tyler, the Creator, Shane Macgowan, Kate Moss, Prodigy, Slick Rick, Diddy, Lady Gaga, and David Blaine.

The Supreme brand is very popular in China[36] and in Japan.[37]

After being featured in the skate video "cherry", Converse shoes saw a spike in sales at skate shops.[38]

The fifth episode of Netflix talk show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj focuses on Supreme, its influence on street culture, and its link to war profiteering via parent corporation The Carlyle Group.


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  22. ^ Clark, van (5 May 2020). "Supreme Secures Chinese Trademark". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
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  24. ^ "Europen [sic] Union refuses to register Supreme as trademark". nss magazine.
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  29. ^ Cardiner, Brock (October 13, 2014). "Supreme Fall/Winter 2014 Editorial by Terry Richardson for 'SENSE' Magazine". High Snobiety. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  30. ^ "A History of Supreme's Artist CollaborationsKenneth Cappello". Complex UK. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
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  32. ^ "Gallery: Celebrities Wearing Supreme". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  33. ^ Hore-Thorburn, Isabelle. "Supreme Reveals Raiders Spring 2019 Collection". Highsnobiety. Titel Media GMBH. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  34. ^ Oakland Raiders [@Raiders] (26 July 2019). "Float like a butterfly, sting like AB. #RaiderNation X @AB84" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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