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Sad news for brand-fans of the KAWS x Medicom project Original Fake today…. In an announcement (that a few had predicted may have been on the card) the artist made via his Facebook and Instagram just over an hour ago, accompanied with the above graphic, KAWS notified fans that Original Fake has officially come to an end…

“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!”

While there’s been no official reason given for the end of the brand, it’s been speculated that the dwindling designer toy market could be a factor. I find this hard to believe given how much people seem to froth over his figures but with the bootleg market going strong, and the general interest in the toy/figurine market seeming to have tapered off substantially in the last couple of years, perhaps it is a factor. James Jarvis did end his Atmos Toys project last August. Maybe the designer toy genre has just seen its natural end point.

At any rate, if you’ve got any figures or tees I’d hold onto them. And if you don’t, I’d be hitting stores and ebay tonight and seeing what they’ve got in stock as this is truly the end of, some kind of era.