15 of Supreme’s Best 5 Panels

by JJ
14 of the best streetwear collaborations ever

Supreme 5 panels are released every week, and they’re some of the most collectable items that Supreme produce. Some are extremely rare and demand huge sums of money on the resell market, and we’ve listed our favourites right here in an easy to read list. 

Back in 2012 or so, Supreme 5 panels were by far the most desirable item that the brand released. Supreme fans had huge collections and would always be eager to get their hands on the latest caps. Those days have surpassed us now – as we all know fashion changes, and 5 panels aren’t too on trend right now. However this hasn’t stopped Supreme producing them, and they still release multiple styles of 5 panel caps (or camp caps as they’re sometimes referred to) weekly. The cap was shot to even more popularity in 2011 when Tyler, the Creator wore a Supreme 5 panel in the music video for his smash hit “Yonkers”.

We’ve rounded up our favourite Supreme 5 panels from over the years, and it wasn’t an easy task as there’s been hundreds, if not thousands since the brand started. Read on to find out whether or not you agree with our choices.

15. Supreme Tree Camo Camp Cap – 2012

Supreme Camels Camp Cap

The 2012 season saw Supreme release multiple items featuring this tree camo print, and it went down an absolute treat. As well as the three camp caps picture (olive, orange and white), Supreme released backpacks, waist bags and duffle bags featuring the same print. As well as all of these, the brand released the notorious field pullover in both olive and orange, which was famously worn by none other than Kanye West.

14. Supreme Chainlink Camp Cap – 2014

Many of the patterns featured on Supreme camp caps are taken from successful garments that have featured the same pattern. For example the chainlink design showcased here was used on sweaters and T-shirts previously, and was a huge success. Three variations of the chainlink camp cap released, a black, burgundy, and a navy edition. They were a huge success and are still desirable today.

13. Supreme Velvet Camo Camp Cap – 2013

Supreme Camp Archive

Camo patterns make constant appearances throughout all of Supreme’s seasons, especially when it comes to camp caps. However in 2013, the brand decided to give the classic camo a new twist – using velvet. Two colourways of luxury “fat patch” (meaning the Supreme patch on the front of the cap is bulkier and more protruding), caps were released – one in grey/black/red, and another in grey/brown/blue. They were both deep colourways which from a distance could even be mistaken for black.

12. Supreme “Hate” Camp Cap – 2013

makes our list, and this time it comes in the form of the Supreme “Hate” camp cap. Once again, it owes the pattern to a previous release, the “hate” sweater, that launched prior in the season. Three colourways were released – pink on black, white on blue and pink on white. They were extremely popular at the time of launch, and then grew in value after the drop due to the later popularity of the hate sweaters. They still pop up on the resell market every now and again.

11. Supreme Dogs and Ducks Camp Cap – 2012

supreme dogs and ducks camp cap

PHOTO CREDIT: Supreme

This release showcases an interesting and intricate piece of artwork. The artwork depicts, as the name implies, dogs and ducks. Two colourways were released – a navy version and a tan version – the latter of which featured a classic red box logo. Supreme also released chore coats featuring the same artwork, so if you’re that way inclined then you can get your matching game on. These were quite limited upon release, so tracking one down in good condition now could potentially prove to be a bit of a struggle.

10. Supreme Alpine Camp Cap – 2009

Supreme White Alpine Camp Cap Size One Size

Some older releases, for example this Alpine camp cap from 2009, are actually quite difficult to find decent images of. This camp cap featured nautical looking artwork and released in a total of five colourways. White, red, navy blue, black, and mint green were all available options upon release. When you start delving this far into the camp cap archive is when it gets more difficult to track down the individual camps. If you wanted to get your hands on one of these today, it could take months of waiting for one to pop up somewhere on the market.

9. Supreme Classic Logo Camp Cap – 2011

Now this release definitely caught our eye. Instead of using the classic Supreme box-logo, that’s featured on 99% of their camp caps, the brand decided to use another one of their well recognised logo’s here. The logo in question is the classic logo, one that is just as loved by fans as the box-logo. The classic logo was embroidered onto grey fleece caps and presented with four different colour options on the bill. We can only imagine that these are pretty hard to track down today as we’ve never seen one for sale.

8. Supreme Donegal Wool/Suede Visor Camp Cap – 2011

Here we have one of the most loved (and most faked…) Supreme camp caps of all time. The donegal wool just works perfectly here. These caps are easily matched with any outfit and the clean suede visor finishes the look off perfectly. Four colourway options were made available – purple, red, green and blue. The red was of course by far the most desirable of the four, and is still highly sought after in this day and age. These pop up fairly often across various online marketplaces, but make sure you get the cap legit checked by a reputable source, as there are a lot of fakes of these flying around.

7. Supreme Tech Tape Camp Cap – 2014

Here we have another recent classic, and one that doesn’t stick to the traditional camp cap rules. Of course, we’re sure you’ve noticed the absence of a box-logo on this design. It is instead replaced by a black strip that runs down the centre of the camp, reading “Supreme” in block capitals. It gave the camp cap a refreshing modern look, and was even famously worn by UK grime star Skepta. These pop up fairly often and won’t break the bank either – a good investment if you ask us.

6. Supreme x Stone Island Camp Cap – 2014

It’s rare for collaborations to touch the camp cap – it’s usually territory reserved strictly for Supreme. However, when the box-logo brand teamed up with Stone Island for their first capsule collection in 2014, the camp cap was used as part of the collection and proved a huge success. The Stone Island badge took pride of place on the front of the cap in the place the box-logo usually resides. The Supreme branding was more understated, printed in a thin font across the top of the cap. Four colourways were released – black, white, camo and red. All were a huge success and sold out instantly.

5. Supreme Croc Camp Cap – 2012

Here we have a classic block colour set of camp caps, however with a twist. During their 2012 season, Supreme launched a line of products featuring faux crocodile skin material. Backpacks, camera cases and other accessories were all given the crocodile treatment. Camp caps also came as part of this collection, releasing in blue, red and black. The material suited the camp cap perfectly and all colourways are still very much desirable today.

4. Supreme Chip Camo Camp Cap – 2012

Another camo camp cap makes the list, this time in the form of 2012’s “Chip Camo” pattern. It released in two colourways – a deep olive and a desert camo. The desert camo was by far the most desirable of the two colourways, as it featured the iconic red box logo. It’s a popular pattern and has featured on many Supreme items since, however this desert camo camp cap is by far the most prolific chip camo Supreme item.

3. Supreme x Visvim Camp Cap – 2008

Supreme x Visvim Camp Cap

2008 saw Supreme collaborate with legendary Japanese streetwear brand Visvim. As part of the collection, the duo launched four different colourways of a camp cap featuring iconic Visvim “V” branding on the side. White, baby blue, brown and black colourways were all made available. This collaboration is one of the rarer team efforts that Supreme have taken part in, and these caps are notoriously mythical to track down, not to mention the high price tag that they demand.

2. Supreme Balloons Camp Cap – 2008

Supreme cap, Men's Fashion, Accessories, Caps & Hats on Carousell

Although they aren’t considered fashionable in this day and age, these bright balloon camp caps are some of the rarest and most collectible Supreme 5 panels of all time. They feature crazy all over print branding, depicting hot air balloons sailing the skies over a snowy paradise. Three colourways launched and rumour has it that each pattern is slightly different, therefore you won’t find one exactly the same as another. If you’re trying to add one of these to your Supreme collection, you’ll have the to tackle the task of tracking one down first.

1. Supreme Loro Piana Camp Cap – 2011

Supreme Camp Archive

Without a doubt, the most classic and wearable Supreme camp caps are their collaborations with Italian brand Loro Piana. They’re recognised around the world for their high quality wool, and Supreme have utilised the material many times throughout their history. They’ve created trench coats and other items using the materials, however it’s the camp caps that are truly timeless. They’ve released in pretty much every colour under the sun too, so you won’t have to worry about finding the right match for your outfit.

On That Note

We hope we’ve covered some of your favourites in this list – we know ours are there. Whether camp caps are in fashion or not, they’ll always be a staple part of Supreme’s seasons, and if you’re a real collector you’ll no doubt have one, if not many 5 panels in your collection. A cap is the finishing piece to many outfits, so make sure you’ve got your supply well stocked. If you’re new to Supreme, we hope this article has pointed you in the right direction to picking up your first of many camp caps.

Feature image from Pinterest

You may also like