Tremaine Emory Reportedly Steps Down As Supreme’s Creative Director
The iconic clothing brand Supreme is without a creative director after reports that Tremaine Emory has stepped down from the role.
Sources say Supreme’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection will be the last under Emory’s vision, Complex reports. Emory joined Supreme as its creative director in February 2022.
There’s no update on what caused the split but the report comes months after the public took notice of Supreme’s silence to Emory’s health scare. Puck highlighted the lack of press around the lower aorta aneurysm Emory suffered last October that left him hospitalized for two months.
In May, Emory discussed his health status.
“I’m recovering,” Emory said on the ‘Started From the Bottom’ podcast. “So I had an aneurysm. I had a lower aorta aneurysm and I’m recovering.”
“You know, eight of 10 people pass from having it, so I was fortunate enough to survive it,” he added. “I went in the hospital in October and [by the] end of December, right before New Year’s, got out.”
Despite how dire Emory’s health scare was, there has yet to be a public statement from Supreme, where he made his creative director debut with its Spring/Summer 2023 collection. His standout additions to Supreme include varsity jackets featuring art by Cactus Plant Flea Market founder Cynthia Lu, durags made in collaboration with Coogi, and a photo T-shirt featuring popular rapper NBA YoungBoy that Emory dubbed a “love letter to the block.”
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In an interview published last week, Emory seemingly encouraged fashion lovers against seeking “validation” from major brands since they’re just “conglomerates” and “banks.”
“I would caution kids who care about the validation of these big conglomerates and media giants because these conglomerates are banks,” Emory told Just Smile.
“LVMH is a bank. Kering Group is a bank. Paramount’s a bank. This is late-stage capitalism.”
He continued. “These institutions will finance a designer, an artist, a band, a director, a writer or whatever to make something to get more money than what they put in. That’s what it’s about for them.”
“If you seek their validation because so and so made you creative director, you’re losing. In fact, you’ve already lost.”
“But if you seek validation, firstly, in yourself and secondly, in the community that you care about and who cares about you, you’ve got a chance to live a life without regrets,” he added.
Emory’s Instagram bio lists him as the co-creative director/owner of No Vacancy Inn and Denim Tears. There is no mention of Supreme.