As previously speculated, Kaws has now officially announced that OriginalFake is shuttering.

““May 2013 marks the seventh year anniversary of OriginalFake, and it is at this time that Medicom Toy and I have chosen to close the shop and company. It’s been an amazing opportunity to work with Medicom Toy on this project as well as working with Masamichi Katayama of Wonder Wall to create the interior of the shop and Konno of Nexus7 who’s incredible talent really added sophistication to the clothing that we produced. I really want to thank the staff in production as well as in our shop. If you ever entered our shop you already know how awesome they are! I would also like to thank all the companies that collaborated with us, your friendship and support has always really meant a lot, and to everyone who has supported OriginalFake,THANK YOU! and I hope to see you all in the next chapter! #kaws #originalfake””

As long time fans and supporters of the label, this is slightly disheartening news, however we are looking forward to the next chapter of KAWS and will of course keep you updated with future projects from the New York based artist.

Further UPDATE from Medicom Toy: OriginalFake is closing the brand entirely at the end of May 2013. The 2013SS COLLECTION which will start delivery on January 19th, 2013 is the final season.

Editor-In-Chief, Highsnobiety Magazine

I am Pete Williams. Editor-in-Chief at Highsnobiety, founder of clothing label Raised by Wolves and resident of Montreal, Canada. For more, check me out on Instagram @petewilliams.