It’s not a secret that Supreme is one of the most valuable labels in streetwear (and, for that matter, clothing in general). Valuations from the Carlyle Group aside, the brand’s ability to expand from branded skater-centric gear into a full on lifestyle and apparel giant is a feat unto itself, and frankly, damn near unparalleled. Of course, to create its staggeringly diverse roster of garments, the Supreme team relies on a select group of suppliers and outfitters to bring its designs to life. One of Supreme’s earliest manufacturing partners—Brents Sportswear Inc.—has stepped into the spotlight as interest around the label and its history has swelled. But even with all the hype that swirls around Supreme, back during the brand’s early years, working with the now-infamous bogo was hardly something to brag about.

Brents was in the trenches making goods for Supreme, there was not notoriety in the early-to-mid-‘90s being a manufacturer for Supreme. It was just hard work,” notes Brents co-owner Aaron Brents.

However it was Brents combination of good taste, high quality and good luck that aligned them with Supreme founder James Jebbia. It was Jebbia, following a chance meeting in 1993 at New York’s Stussy store (which Jebbia was managing at the time) who would go on to tap Brents’ expertise in crafting US-made vintage reproductions and military surplus-style garments for his then-young brand. Brents’ ability to create items to Jebbia’s strict and exacting standards made for a fruitful, years-long relationship, ultimately ensuring that the humble Arkasas-based sportswear company would secure a spot in the history of one our culture’s most iconic companies.

To shine a light on some of Brents’ earliest productions for Supreme, Grailed is teaming with Brents Sports Inc. to offer up some rare samples and ‘90s era Supreme. For more on Brents Sportswear Inc. and its history with Supreme, read our interview with the company down below.