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Emilio Pucci Bets on Supreme Collaboration

The luxury-meets-streetwear tie-up could help the floundering LVMH-owned label reclaim the spotlight.
A look from the Supreme x Pucci collaboration. Courtesy.
A look from the Supreme x Pucci collaboration. Courtesy.

Supreme’s collection of looks featuring archival prints from Italian luxury brand Emilio Pucci is set to be released this week, the streetwear giant said.

The spring drop, which confirmed recent reports of an impending collaboration on streetwear blogs, will be sold by Supreme in stores and online, while Pucci will only sell the collection via e-commerce.

The move comes as LVMH-owned Pucci tries to relaunch with a new creative direction and a clearer focus on resort wear and selling in vacation destinations. The brand, which hasn’t had a creative director since 2017, has lined up a series of partnerships with outside designers to generate buzz, as well as hiring a new in-house team.

After collaborations with small designers like Koché and Tomo Koizumi, the tie-up with Supreme will see the Florence-based label test its strategy with a major brand.

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Supreme’s large and obsessive base of fans, who are often willing to stand in line for hours or pay steep markups for limited-edition items on the secondary market, have made it the most sought-after brand for collaborations, especially following the runaway success of its one-off collection with Louis Vuitton in 2017.

Supreme is currently trying to maintain its exclusive image and sway over streetwear fans while adding new stores and growing sales. North Face-owner VF Corporation bought Supreme last year for $2.1 billion.

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