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 Joe Migraine who’s unrivalled collection of Supreme accessories has transformed his bedroom into a Box Logo museum.
Name: Joe Migraine
Location: Washington, D.C.
Instagram handle: @JoeMigraine
When did you first hear about Supreme and what first got you interested in the brand
I first got into Supreme in 2011 – I actually happened upon the LA store while I was traveling. The accessories were always what interested me most. When I started collecting, they weren’t producing near the amount of accessories they do today. It’s cool to see Supreme constantly outdo themselves every season with interesting new accessories.
Did you consciously start collecting Supreme or did you just find yourself with a large amount of stuff
I started collecting the accessories with the goal of getting one of every item Supreme ever produced, although I never imagined my collection being what is today. I have always treated my collection as an investment, but I hadn’t envisioned getting 6-figure offers for it.
What is it about the brand you like so much?
As a whole, Supreme has operated impeccably since I’ve been following them. They have chosen the right collaborations, worked with the right people, and stayed true to their roots.
There are a handful of brands making good apparel and accessories right now, but Supreme is really the only one that has had the foresight and restraint to continue limiting their quantities in meaningful ways. This essentially ensures their old stuff becomes collectors’ items and their new releases will become a good investment shortly after they come out.
If you like a certain product do you sometimes buy multiple colour variations?
Of course – I always try to get as much product as I can. I’ll wear and use some items, display others, and tuck the rest away in my collection. I think week-to-week reselling is a really short term view – I treat my collection as a long-term investment.
What lengths have you gone to acquire a certain product from Supreme?
I drove several hours to pick up my Coleman Mini Bike from a UPS warehouse after they refused to deliver the box because it was too big. I do what I have to do to keep up with my collection. Fortunately, I am able to get pretty much everything I need from the Supreme web shop, and I have a big network of friends that will help me get something if I really need it.
How have you sourced the majority of your collection?
For the past eight years I’ve been able to get almost everything from the Supreme web shop. I’ve supplemented that with purchases from eBay, Instagram, and Strictly Supreme back in the day.
What are some favourite picks from your collection?
My sticker album is probably my favourite item. It has taken me years to collate and I have almost one of every sticker ever produced. The iconic accessories are obvious picks – the red Spalding Basketball, Coleman Mini Bike, and Louisville Slugger Bat come to mind – although some of my favourite items are the small pins and keychains that never come up for sale.
What are your thoughts on "Instagram collectors" who seem to flip their grails a week later?
Instagram has definitely changed the way things are, but I think it’s inevitable in today’s social media driven world. Most people don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to put into a long term collection. So they buy a few thousand dollars’ worth of inventory, take pictures in it, and flip it to get their money back. I haven’t been one to do that. I often wear what some people would consider collectors’ items to the gym. It’s best to enjoy and appreciate your items.
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?
Frankly, I’ve been able to get my hands on pretty much every item I’ve ever wanted. I’d be more interested in going back to the mid-90s, and just experiencing the Manhattan store long before the lines were around the block. I wouldn’t be concerned about picking up piles of items to add to my collection, but just to be there in the beginning would be more satisfying than anything.
What do you think of my decision to exhibit and sell off a large portion of my personal collection?
All I can say is thank you. Not only for your support over the past few years but for constantly sharing your knowledge and experience with others. I’m excited to see everything and the stories that go with each item, and I hope the people who are lucky enough to get their hands on some of your pieces will appreciate them just as much as you do.
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.