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 my good friend Franky B who’s been an avid fan of the brand since the early days. Coming from Paris he’s had to travel worldwide to pick up some of his Supreme gear over the years.
Name: Francky B
Location: Paris, France
Occupation: Head of ‘La Tete dans les Nuages’ and ‘Sneakerness’ France
Instagram handle: @Franky.b
When did you first hear about Supreme and what first got you interested in the brand?
I first pushed the door of the Supreme NY store in the mid 90’s. I was in a French summer camp and was a skater at that time. I was looking for a pair of Axion Kareem Campbell sneakers during my trip to the city, and that’s how I ended up visiting the shop. I got my shoes that day and some red Box Logo stickers that I directly stuck on my board. That was the beginning for me!
Did you consciously start collecting Supreme or did you just find yourself with a large amount of stuff?
I won’t say that I did it consciously, I think it was more of a very natural progression season after season. Of course now I can say that the amount of certain type of products I have from Supreme consist in a collection: hats, tees, accessories, etc...
What is it about the brand you like so much?
What I really liked with Supreme until couple years ago, was that it tasted of New York for me. Supreme products were so hard to get in the early 2000's for us here in France that every time I had the chance to travel to the States (or had some friends going out there) I would ask for a hook up at the store as there were no lines outside at this time. What I really appreciated was being able to wear a different style of products than my friends here in Paris. The coolness of the brand was a real sign of recognition when the all street culture movement began to grow in Paris. Not as much anymore, unfortunately.
If you like a certain product do you sometimes buy multiple colour variations?
Of course! I have some tees and hats in five or six different colours sometimes. Same with accessories like the boxing gloves and key rings.
What lengths have you gone to acquire a certain product from Supreme?
Oh my! Planes to NYC, trains to London.
How have your sourced the majority of your collection?
Most of it has come from the Lafayette Street store in New York. When London opened up it of course helped me to buy items more easily, but that’s also when Supreme became more popular so it became hard to source the rarest items as the market in Europe started to explode.
What are some favourite picks from your collection?
For sure my Sopranos Box tee is one of them. I also cherish most of the artist collaboration decks I have on my walls and the red boxing gloves they made with Everlast.
What are your thoughts on "Instagram collectors" who seem to flip their grails a week later?
No offence to anyone out there but I personally find it ridiculous. To show off on Thursday out of the store just for the ‘gram - Come on dude! Some people really want to enjoy those products so just let them grab it!
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?
Hard question… I think I would go back to get every skateboard set they made in collaboration with artists over the years. The DNA of the brand is skateboarding so even in many years from now this is probably what I will remember and still like to have.
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 a great opportunity for the younger generation to discover the path you / we “collectors” came from. It’s the products that made us love this brand, and this movement, so much over all those past years. I will always be grateful to you for that Brooklyn Box Logo tee you gifted me man, so cool of you.
It’s also great to see older products on display and available again for those who really want to add OG pieces to their actual collection. I will end by saying that I think you are right - now is the right time to let it go. Good luck and congrats mon ami!
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.