Bruce Lee, born 1940, was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, filmmaker and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27th 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens.
Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. He initially trained in Wing Chun, but later rejected well-defined martial art styles, favoring instead the use of techniques from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).
His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei's The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Warner Brothers' Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1973), both directed by Robert Clouse. Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20th 1973 at the age of 32. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
This Fall, Supreme has come together with the Bruce Lee Family to release a capsule collection. The project will feature a Coaches Jacket, Button-Down Shirt and three original graphic Tees made exclusively for Supreme. There will be featured a Vans Authentic and Sk8-Hi that will come in three colorways.
Available in-store NY, LA, London, and online October 24th.
Available in Japan October 26th.