In the lead up to my personal collection being sold on The Idle Man, I speak to some of the most prolific Supreme collectors around the world for a series of interviews. Today is the turn of Instagram sensation Eric Whiteback who’s themed content has earned him a huge online following.
Name: Eric Whiteback
Instagram handle: @EricWhiteback
When did you first hear about Supreme and what first got you interested in the brand?
My first experience with Supreme was about eight years ago when I stumbled into the LA store one day. I was initially drawn to the brand because of its underground roots and unique business model.
Did you consciously start collecting Supreme or did you just find yourself with a large amount of stuff?
I definitely accumulated my collection over time. I honestly don’t even really consider myself a collector – I don’t have a checklist or a specific collecting goal. For me, it’s as simple as buying the items I like and enjoy.
What is it about the brand you like so much?
There are a lot of things I really appreciate about the brand, but the thing that keeps me coming back season after season is Supreme’s unrivalled commitment to limiting quantities while producing quality garments and evocative graphics.
If you like a certain product do you sometimes buy multiple colour variations?
When the item is right, yes. For most items, I’ll usually just pick up my favourite colour. However, I have multiple variations of some of my all-time favourites.
What lengths have you gone to acquire a certain product from Supreme?
I don’t have any particularly crazy stories. However, there are certain items that have taken me years to track down. For some more rare pieces, I’ve had eBay searches saved for years to no avail. My patience usually pays off.
How have you sourced the majority of your collection?
The wide majority of my collection has come directly from the Supreme web shop and Manhattan store. I’ve also purchased quite a few items from eBay, Grailed, Instagram, and a few other small online marketplaces. Some of my close friends have also helped me along the way.
What are some favourite picks from your collection?
I appreciate a lot of the “grail” items just as much as others do, but some of my personal favourites are lesser-known items. For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed Supreme’s overalls and coveralls. Some of the older outerwear pieces have also become favourites of mine.
What are your thoughts on "Instagram collectors" who seem to flip their grails a week later?
On the surface, I have no problem with this. I just think people need to check their intentions. If someone does this out of appreciation for the history of the brand and to share some of the classic pieces with others, then I think it’s great. However, if this is an attempt to convince others of your status, then I think this warrants a long hard look in the mirror.
When possible, the best alternative is buying, wearing, and keeping the items. However, I recognise this is not always an option. For example, I worked with my good friend @bkthegod to shoot pictures in every Supreme x TNF jacket ever made. As a full-time student, spending over a quarter-million dollars to buy all these jackets to wear was not a realistic option, but I still wanted to share this history with others.
If you could go back in time to any era of Supreme in the past 23 years what would you pick up to add to your collection?
I think I would have to go back to the earliest days of the store. Experiencing that history at ground level would carry much more significance than any individual item ever could. That’s not to say I wouldn’t pick up an Afro Skater tee while I’m there though.
What do you think of my decision to exhibit and sell off a large portion of my personal collection on The Idle Man?
I think it’s awesome that you’re selling off a large portion of your collection. It’s not every day that items as rare as yours become available on the market. I know this will serve as a great history lesson for those that are new to the brand.
Ross Wilson’s Supreme Archive will be available to purchase exclusively on The Idle Man from Thursday 1st February 2018. To access the sale please register your interest at the link below.
An exhibition of collection highlights will be open for public viewing at The Idle Man, 97 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TS on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February. Admission is free and will be open from 11am - 7pm.