Much to the disappointment of New York streetwear fans, the Supreme x Louis Vuitton NYC popup will not be going ahead, sending the long line of campers on 57th street on their way home. In fact, the entire collection is no longer available through any official outlets — at least for now. Eager devotees will have to turn to eBay to track down a piece from the collection, where garments are already fetching prices like $9,950 USD for the Keepall duffle bag and $6,000 USD for the Denim Baseball Shirt.
Yesterday, an email sent to Hypebeast sent Supreme aficionados reeling, as a Louis Vuitton client services representative confirmed that the New York popup was off. In fact, they said the entire Supreme collaboration "will no longer be sold in any stores or online." The news came a surprise to all, given just last week the house announced a slew of North American popups, from Dallas to San Francisco.
However, when GQ later reached out to Louis Vuitton's client services in Texas and California, they were offered very different information. The collection hasn't been cancelled, but the popups have been indefinitely delayed. i-D yesterday reached out to local Louis Vuitton representatives, but our request for comment was not been met by the time of publishing.
The ill-fated New York shopfront was Louis Vuitton's second attempt at staging a popup in the city. In May, the local council denied the luxury house's application to set up on Bond street for fear of chaotic crowds. We can't imagine rejected planning applications were the cause of all the cancellations: it's more likely that supplies are simply running low. After all, popups in London, Sydney, and Paris were wildly successful, and the Tokyo shopfront was even forced to close early after selling out of stock ahead of schedule.
We will update this story as new details emerge.
Text Anastasia McInerney