Earlier this week beloved graffiti artist, Brian Donnelly also known as KAWS announced on his Instagram OriginalFake, the clothing/accessories label he founded in 2006 with Japan’s Medicom Toy, is closing its doors for good. One fan suspicion is that this is a ploy to save his dignity and not end up like Shepard Fairey or Banksy, and prevent his art from being plastered on discounted tees & mass-produced canvases; however, they have actually fallen into bankruptcy and will continue operations through May, 2013. Below is his more formal farewell:
“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”
KAWS has been a real inspiration to us and will be truly missed in this industry.