After I heard that San Francisco-based online retailer RSVP Sweatshop was selling some interesting lookalikes, I decided to check it out, which proved interesting since to access their site you need an invitation code. So, after I requested an invite and got one a day later, I stumbled upon a haven for people who like counterfeit Givenchy, Celine, Hermes, Kenzo, and ... Wil Fry. Yes, Wil Fry. We told you about this NYC-based artist earlier this year and since then, he's only become more well, famous. Between his Air Yeezy shirt that hit eBay for $90k and his latest work, the one of a kind Birds of Paradise Nets Jersey, he's come full circle. He's been knocked-off.
Now, I know it's hard to say that Fry can be copied in the first place, since it is he who notoriously co-opts the names and likenesses of others' brands. That's why this is actually an interesting opportunity to look at Fry's work for a moment. What distinguishes his jerseys from those that RSVP is currently offering for sale? Not much on the surface, especially since one of the images that RSVP is using is actually a picture of someone wearing one of Fry's jerseys - a telltale sign that the design for sale is a cheap fake. But what Fry makes is more than just blatant copies of someone else's garment. He gains quite a bit of attention due to his knack for getting to the heart of some of our consumerism-based issues. For instance, label whoring and the ridiculous lengths we'll go to for sneakers. He's even poked fun at some of the utterly unwearable high fashion accessories.
As many of you know, Fry rarely says much about his designs, but he did give me a bit of insight into his overall view of his work. He said: "This is all just for fun and mostly my ideas serve as satire in one way or another. It is just commentary from me. I guess it's much like your blog really." You know what I think, but what about you! Tell me ... does Wil Fry's work bear the touch of a creative satirist, or is he just riding Givenchy's coat tails?