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7 Strangest Supreme Accessories

Supreme New York has the hottest, and strangest, accessories in the game.

Yukio Takahashi's nearly complete accessories lineup on display at Jason Vass Gallery, 2018

Supreme is famous for being esoteric— maybe to a fault.

Its cult-like status and devoted loyalists have drawn speculation and many attempts to pin down the brand's appeal. What is Supreme, really? And why are all these kids lining up around the corner for a Hanes T-shirt and … a brick?

Founded in 1994 by James Jebbia, Supreme New York was a haven for skaters and Hip-Hop aficionados. While the brand is most famous for its box logo hoodies, T-shirts, and skate decks, it couldn't have become the streetwear giant it is now if that's all it did.

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Supreme's Sale Makes One Thing Clear: Streetwear Has Left Behind the People Who Built It

Supreme's $2.1 billion sale to VF Corporation, owner of Vans and North Face, is only part of the gentrification of streetwear culture.

Original Supreme 274 Lafayette Store, NYC

Streetwear as we know it now was built in SoHo.

When I moved to New York City in middle school, I was immediately infatuated with SoHo. What was hiding in these unnumbered streets? Who were these endlessly cool people in sneaker heels and hi-low dresses (it was 2012)? But mostly, who were the kids lining up all the way down Lafayette? I wanted to be them, their skateboards, their sneakers, their Supreme.

I dove into streetwear culture from a distance. I followed skate blogs on Tumblr, I bid on Vans x Supreme sneakers on eBay during high school study hall, and, on my trips to SoHo, I watched for any sign that someone else was like me, obsessed with this underground community. Seeing a logo flash on a T-shirt or a sticker on the backside of a skateboard made me feel like I was in on something that no one else knew. A kinship with the boy across from me at the crosswalk. A blood bond with the girl at the restaurant.

But then the game changed.

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Shonda Rhimes’ Anna Delvey Netflix Series Promises to Be the Next “Fyre Festival”

There's a peculiar satisfaction to watching a scam crash and burn.

Producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes has just finalized the main cast for a new show about Soho scammer Anna Delvey, and fans are already obsessed.

The show will follow the years-long scam led by Russian-born Anna Sorokin, a woman who told everyone her name was Anna Delvey and ingratiated herself into the New York social elite by pretending she had access to a fake trust fund. She convinced people to lend her indefinite loans and spent exorbitant amounts of money that she gained through a series of intricate lies. Of course, like the best scams, it fell to pieces; in May 2019, she was convicted to four years in prison.

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Delvey will be played by Emmy-winning Julia Garner, who starred as the fiery Ruth on Ozark. Judging by her performance on that show, she'll be able to perfectly embody Delvey's trickster mentality and charm.

Veep's Anna Chlumsky will star as a journalist determined to capture Delvey's story. Her character will probably be based on Jessica Pressler, the journalist who wrote the definitive New York Magazine story about Delvey's endeavors. Laverne Cox plays a celebrity trainer who gets sucked into Delvey's world. The show will also feature Alexis Floyd as a hotel concierge whom Anna tricks with her charm and Katie Lowes as a woman whose relationship with Anna becomes an obsession.

Another Day, Another Scammer

"It started with money, as it so often does in New York," Pressler's essay begins. In the era of Donald Trump, the Kardashians, and Fyre Festival, it seems like we collectively can't get enough of scammers. We love to learn about people who force their way into the spotlight through non-traditional mechanisms and webs of lies.

But why does Anna Delvey need a TV show that gives her even more fame and attention, one that promises to glorify her high-flying lifestyle even as it portrays its inevitable combustion? Perhaps it's because Delvey is living a new sort of American Dream (or maybe she's living what the American Dream always was—a scam).

Regardless, Delvey's story is very much of the moment, very indicative of what it's like to live under late capitalism in a world where money and confidence are keys to success. "The way Anna spent money, it was like she couldn't get rid of it fast enough," reads the article. "Her room was overflowing with shopping bags from Acne and Supreme, and in between meetings, she'd invite Neff to foot massages, cryotherapy, manicures." This could be excerpt out of a postmodern novel, as could the whole story, full of unnecessary products that no one really needs. It's going to look beautiful on TV.

Just like we can't get enough of products, it seems we can't get enough of scammers and their stories. "Anna looked at the soul of New York and recognized that if you distract people with shiny objects, with large wads of cash, with the indicia of wealth, if you show them the money, they will be virtually unable to see anything else," the seminal article finishes. Apparently the same goes for us, and TV: Distract us with an intoxicating scam, make us think we're outsmarting the capitalist system we're actually buying into, and you have a hit, or possibly a president. I, for one, will inevitably be tuning in.

Skateboarding daredevil Lady Gaga pimps for Supreme in a series of pics for Purple magazine, shot by Terry Richardson. More safety don'ts, and Gaga heiney, below.