i-D recently sat down for a brief chat with Supreme’s latest rumored Design Director, Max Vanderwoude Gross. The New York native – who also runs his own label Proper Gang – was recently tapped by the iconic skate brand following the departure of Brendon Babenzien, who had been with the brand on-and-off since its early days in the ’90s.
Vanderwoude Gross doesn’t delve into much detail on his new position – hardly surprising given the tight-lipped nature of the notoriously press-shy label, but see below for a brief excerpt and read the full piece over at i-D.
“How did you become involved with Supreme?
An early supporter of Proper Gang made an introduction.
Do your responsibilities at Supreme differ greatly from what your role at Proper Gang entails?
My responsibilities don’t vary too much, but I get to focus more at Supreme — at Proper Gang, I wear many hats.
Graphics aren’t featured heavily in Proper Gang’s designs, although they play an important role in many of Supreme’s. Have you given any thought to how you’ll approach graphics moving forward?
Early on, we didn’t use graphics mainly as a reaction to seeing too much of that done poorly. Since then, graphics have found a place in the line that feels authentic to us. If you follow what we do, you will begin to see our approach.
Collaboration is also an important element of Supreme’s oeuvre. If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
Dreams do come true, so no comment.”
Check out Supreme’s Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook here.