Supreme 的「抄襲」事蹟有多少相信應該不需多提，甚至專門揭發 Supreme 抄襲的 IG 帳號 @supremecopies 都曾出過一本書來介紹這些抄襲史，當然究竟是抄襲還是致敬這就見仁見智了。不過這回 Supreme 似乎是踢到鐵板了，與 Champion、Levi’s、Clarks 等聯名項目以及彈珠台同樣在開季後 14 週販售的「字母表」系列相信各位都不陌生。
據了解這些「字母」的發明者正是出生自俄羅斯的知名插畫家 Roman Petrovich Tyrtov的創作，同時他以「Erté」之名聞名於世。密切追蹤的人應該已經發現，目前此系列已全數於 Supreme 官網下架，甚至連開季型錄都消失無蹤，很顯然官方必定受到不小的壓力，不過相信已有不少人已經成功購入了吧？按照過往慣例，Supreme「出包」的單品往往擁有極高轉手價格，有趣的是也多虧此事件，讓這系列單品在眾多聯名陣容出現的販售週也擁有相當高的話題，有興趣的人不妨多加留意。
I posted this on my story upon last Thursday’s release, but things just got a little bit more interesting. This seasons ‘Alphabet,’ series will no longer be available to purchase on the web store, and the remaining pieces (water shorts and towel) have been removed from the online preview and will not be releasing. This is all (assumably) because of a Cease and Desist. From who though? Roman Petrovich Tyrtov was born in 1892 in Russia. He moved to Paris by his late teenage years and took under a pseudonym of ‘Erté,’ as to not embarrass his family name. Erté’s work began at ‘Harper Bazaar,’ magazine, designing costumes and stage sets. Erté’s art spread throughout all mediums however as he was also illustrating for various magazines at the time, Vogue being one of them. It was after a successful exhibition in 1927 that inspired Erté to begin his alphabet, assuming it could be finished by the next exhibition in 2 years. However, the amount of work Erté was contracted to with ‘Harper Bazaar,’ as well as the the theater made this a difficult task to accomplish and by 1929 his goal was not met. He gave the alphabet little of his time in between commissioned works. It wasn’t until a whole 40 years later when Erté finished the set and was asked to exhibit his work in London. While preparing to send images, Erté realized the alphabet was actually 26 letters and quickly went to create the missing letter, ‘L.’ Ironically, the ‘L,’ became the most popular letter the evening of the exhibit. Now, as for why Supreme got a cease and desist: I myself was curious why Erté wasn’t credited for the work in any titles or descriptions. I came to to the conclusion that being that Erté’s alphabet is technically just a font, Supreme simply had to purchase or lease the rights to use it (other brands have in fact used this alphabet before, Hermès being one of them). However, after this whole ‘cease and desist,’ dilemma, I have to only assume Supreme used Erté’s alphabet with no permission granted whatsoever.