Closure of OriginalFake and Mastermind Japan

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Well it’s been confirmed, after 7 years OriginalFake will be closing. KAWS announced:

“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”

Pretty self-explanatory, but definitely a disappointment for some. Personally I have a bittersweet feeling about it. OriginalFake can be considered a huge success for their presence and innovation in the fashion industry, and the idea to close their doors before becoming stale is one I approve of. When a label has run it’s course you can decide to leave the doors open until the last possible day, or close them early and leave the game with love. This move isn’t exactly new. Mastermind Japan’s founder Honma Masaaki has made the same decision earlier this year to close his doors at the end of 2013, following the label’s 15th anniversary. Before that, (N)umber (N)ine chose to disband while still very popular, citing similar reasons. 2013 will be a pricy year for me, as I look to buy a few pieces from each company before it’s too late. Check out some of my favorite pieces from each label’s archives after the jump, and let me know how you feel about the choice in the comments.

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