Inside Supreme: A Collector's Perspective with Sean Wotherspoon

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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. Starting the series off with Sean Wotherspoon, co-owner of Round Two Vintage and designer of Nike’s “Vote Forward” Air Max 1/97 hybrid.

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Name: Sean Wotherspoon
Location: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Co-Owner of Round Two, Design/Creative
Instagram handle: @sean_wotherspoon

When did you first hear about Supreme and what first got you interested in the brand?

I first heard about Supreme, I think in the early 2000’s. Maybe 2002-03 or so. That’s when I was about 12 or 13 and getting heavy in to skating. I just remember seeing the stickers on dudes boards or them wearing the shirts in old skate vids. Never thought much of it. I got interested in Supreme when I started wearing and skating Nike SB’s more and eventually wanted their SB Dunk Lows because of the elephant print pattern. At the time that was easily the dopest print out, you were literally cool if you had it on your clothes.

These are beautiful together @roundtwonewyorkcity

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Did you consciously start collecting Supreme or did you just find yourself with a large amount of stuff?

Back then it wasn’t about collecting anything. I just had this thing for sneakers and always wanted a new pair to skate in. Eventually, it turned to a collection. As far as Supreme, I skated a few pairs of the dunks and blazers and never got in to the clothes much. I just wanted Diamond, Crooks or 10 Deep. I started to find myself actually collecting Supreme (or having more than a handful of pieces) around 2010.

What is it about the brand you like so much?

I never loved Supreme when I was younger, it was just another skate shop but with some dope Nike collabs. I didn’t care about much outside of going to skate every day so what Supreme and other brands were doing with their product didn’t interest me.

Now, I love Supreme because I feel like they are the BEST at catering to specific niche interests. Look at all the collabs, or the references for inspiration on their pieces. They absolutely kill it with being authentic and organic to the roots of what they’re recreating. Everything always makes perfect sense and is done beyond tastefully. I personally really love vintage, and Supreme constantly puts out product (whether denim, flannel, graphic tees, etc.) that are extremely comparable to the quality of a vintage item. To me, this is the win, and this is why Supreme is the best. Everything we are buying from their store now, will be beautiful “vintage” pieces in 20 years. It’s perfect.

No way possible was I passing on a NAS shirt

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I love how Supreme references an older time, and makes it relevant. The knowledge being spread to the younger generations is great, Supreme forced them to do research and learn more about what they would never usually look in to. Shedding light on old brands via their collabs, that’s huge. Lots of kids these days wouldn’t know half the brands they do if Supreme didn’t help put them out in a relevant way. I love watching them work.

If you like a certain product do you sometimes buy multiple colour variations?

I’m not usually one to double or triple up on Supreme just for the colour variations. With shirts, I prefer them to be super worn and dirty so having multiple makes that tough. I can’t stand having tees stashed away and not worn so I wear everything. For accessories, I may grab a couple of something if I’m worried about it breaking. For example the Supreme dog bowls I need at least two back ups! Outerwear is where I get a little crazy, I can’t have enough The North Face, or flannel zip ups. If I was a billionaire I would want 1000 each of flannel zip ups, TNF Denali’s in all colours, the no-show socks from a few years ago, and white pocket T’s with a large back graphic.

What lengths have you gone to acquire a certain product from Supreme?

Fortunately, since I have the Round Two stores so most of my grails walk right in! I do have one really good story though.

2011, Richmond Va, a new “thrift boutique” store was opening and they had a preview day where we could see their inventory for the grand opening. They had a Supreme “1994 plates” tank, and a OG Charles Barkley Nike shirt that I was freaking out over. Next day I’m skating up the road to be first in line, car runs a stop sign and right in to me. I deflect off the hood and hit the ground. The car dips out, person behind stops and starts freaking out so they call an ambulance for me. I get up, try to leave and they make me stay. I convince the ambulance I’m okay because I didn’t want to miss out on the tank and T-shirt. Ended up getting a ride from the couple who saw me get hit, got both pieces. Still have the Barkley shirt, and pics of the tank exist somewhere!

That being said, I’m more than happy to hop on a plane, train, skateboard or whatever to meet up for a deal!

@flo_goods 🔫💸

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How have you sourced the majority of your collection?

My current PERSONAL collection has been carefully sourced from people who I’ve met with interesting connections to Supreme, or ‘90s/early ’00s skateboarding. For me, I love pieces with a story and character so either they have to be beat up or from an interesting background. I like to think I’m “flexing” history, not a material item. I also do a lot of sourcing from Japan, and other countries.

What are some favourite picks from your collection?

A few favourites from my collection include a Purple/White Box tee, Bape Box tees, Zoopreme Box tees, a Central Park Track Club crewneck from Sal Barbier, Everlast boxing gloves, a super beat up olive box tee, the Stevie Wonder tee, TNF Denali Fleece, and the flannel zip-ups. Honestly, I’d love to have my whole collection this list, being as it’s super small and each piece means so much to me. Thank you, everyone, who has contributed thus far!

Having some fun in this pool today!

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What are your thoughts on Instagram collectors who seem to flip their grails a week later?

I hate the idea of collecting without wearing, can’t stand it. I use everything, I wear everything, otherwise, why have it?! I’m a hoarder of cool things, don’t get me wrong, just take your shit for a spin once in a while!

I talk about it all the time, anyone these days can spend any amount of money and get anything they want. How can you ever compete? Make what you do unique, figure out how to flex in a different way, use the social platforms in a different way.

Round Two is a store, we obviously collect and post for other consumers or collectors to purchase. One thing I can say, Round Two doesn’t have a collection, or a warehouse full of archived pieces. We are putting as much back into the world as possible, I feel like that’s what it should be all about for a real collector or someone who loves Supreme, keep it going!. I hate the idea of saving product and waiting for the perfect time to charge people the most. Sell it now, sell it fair, keep the world moving, everyone will have way more fun, way more shit to “flex” and way more friends!

OG Supreme

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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?

If I could go back to any time in Supreme history, I’d say 1996-1998. Not for anything specific, but just to be around during that golden era of skating. Maybe I’d pick up a shirt and sticker for my board! 

What do you think of my decision to exhibit and sell off a large portion of my personal collection on The Idle Man?

My opinion on what you’re doing with your collection? YOU ARE THE FUCKING MAN! This is exactly what the world needs, thank you for making the decision to educate and spread history! Can’t wait to see everything!

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.


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