Yesterday, KAWS announced that he will no longer be producing items under the OriginalFake brand with MedicomToy, via his Instagram account.
Brian “KAWS” Donnely sincerely spoke to his fans and collaborators, writing:
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!
The two began their 7-year partnership in 2006 and have since come out with a collection of clothing, accessories and of course, the vinyl toys that have become instant collector’s items among fans of the brand.
We know that KAWS will obviously continue to produce artwork, however whether or not he will continue producing things more readily available to the mass market remains to be seen. Until then, farewell OriginalFake, you had a good run.