If you've been poring over Supreme's Fall/Winter 2016 preview, there's a good chance you paused at a nondescript pullover hoodie and tee, both bound by a few lines of text printed across the chest: "They fuck you up your mum and dad. They may not mean to but they do." The words come courtesy of "This Be the Verse" from Philip Larkin, generally regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the late 20th century. His standing was made all but official in a 2003 survey by the Poetry Book Society that saw Larkin voted as "the nation's best-loved poet." In some academic circles, Larkin is derided for his apparent misogyny and racism; outside university classrooms, he's hailed for a body of work that speaks to the big things in life, ranging from birth to marriage to death.
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.They may not mean to, but they do.They fill you with the faults they hadAnd add some extra, just for you.But they were fucked up in their turnBy fools in old-style hats and coats,Who half the time were soppy-sternAnd half at one another's throats.Man hands on misery to man.It deepens like a coastal shelf.Get out as early as you can,And don't have any kids yourself.
It's unclear if these Philip Larkin-inspired pieces will release with the first drop from Supreme's Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which launches in stores this Thursday, August 18.