May 5, 2020
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Takashi Murakami’s T-shirt collaboration with Supreme raised $1 million for COVID-19 relief.

Takashi Murakami at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2018. Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images.

Takashi Murakami at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2018. Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images.

Artist Takashi Murakami teamed up with massively popular streetwear brand Supreme to create a T-shirt that has raised just over $1 million in funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. The sales of the T-shirt have been donated to Help USA, a nonprofit that provides resources and support for individuals facing homelessness. The organization shared via Instagram yesterday that the $1,052,040 in sales will go towards their COVID-19 emergency efforts and services.
The T-shirt was released in April at a $60 price point and, following the trend of a typical streetwear ‘drop,’ it ended up on popular resale websites like StockX and Grailed. Uniquely, money raised in sales on both of these sites will also be donated to COVID-19 relief. A spokesperson at Grailed—where listings for the $60 Murakami T-shirts start around $700—told Complex the site would give all proceeds from secondary market sales of the T-shirt directly to Help USA. StockX will donate the proceeds from such sales on their site for a span of 30 days.

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