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Takashi Murakami and Supreme worked together to sell shirts for coronavirus assistance. They have raised more than $ 1 million

Takashi Murakami and Supreme worked together to sell shirts for coronavirus assistance. They have raised more than $ 1 million

Written by Jessie Yeung, CNN

Famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami teamed up with the Supreme fashion brand to raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic – and eventually raised more than one million dollars.

Murakami, founder of the “Superflat” movement which blurs high and low cultural boundaries, helped create T-shirts with original artwork. Print the Supreme logo feature on the artist’s signature flower.

All proceeds will go to non-profit organizations Help the USA to support young people and families facing homelessness during the pandemic, said The highest, a US cult streetwear brand.

The shirt originally sold for $ 60. But whenever Supreme released new items, they were quickly grabbed and resold at a much higher price online, with fans all over the world screaming for coveted items – and this time not different. T-shirts are resold for up to $ 1,750 on the Grailed streetwear site.

Supreme is one of the most sought-after fashion brands, offering collaboration with people like Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Nike and Timberland.

On Tuesday, Help USA posted a photo of the shirt on Instagram, thanking the brand for donating $ 1,052,040 in sales.

“This extraordinary gift comes at a time of our clients’ greatest needs and supports our work nationally to provide the most vulnerable places for victims to call home, food and important services during this crisis and beyond,” the post said.

Related: Takashi Murakami’s artistic influence

The fashion industry has assisted relief efforts during the global pandemic, especially stepping in to help produce masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) in some of the hardest hit countries.

Top image caption: Artist Takashi Murakami attends FIAC 2019 – Press Preview of the International Contemporary Art Exhibition at le Grand Palais on October 16, 2019 in Paris, France.

Takashi Murakami is a person CNN Style guest editor in 2019.
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