Is ordering bootleg Balenciaga from AliExpress our only recourse against the despair of late capitalism? Probably not... but it's better than lining up for Supreme. Sally Thurer, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer, educator and founder of the Instagram account BootlegWiki will share her research and lead a discussion about bootlegs, hype-beasts, and the merits of each as a critical response to the pressures of the market. The event is the first in a series surrounding VAULTE X-XII, a conceptual project and installation by Composite Co., whose mission is to examine the relationship between design and capitalism.

Note: Limited space is available so please RSVP in advance

about the speaker

Sally Thurer is an independent art director, graphic designer, illustrator and animator in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from The Yale School of Art and is the former co-founder and creative director of Missbehave Magazine. For more than a decade, Sally has been doing design and illustration work for clients like Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times and Nike. She is the only employee ever to hold the title "Head of Experiential Methodology and Critical Theory" at MTV. Sally is best-known on Instagram for an account called Bootlegwiki which functions as a casual research project and an informal platform for the endorsement of appropriation and piracy. Like everyone else, her work has been knocked-off and sold at Urban Outfitters but she's totally cool with it. She teaches graphic design at Pratt and Parsons.

about vaulte x-xii

VAULTE X-XII is a conceptual project by Composite Co. that takes the form of a hype fashion brand, pop-up shop, publication, and event series to examine branding’s role in glamorizing the consumption of otherwise uninteresting products. For more information, subscribe for updates at and follow along on Instagram @vaulte.xxii


This project has been sponsored by the Kraft Initiative, HapstakDemetriou+, and Dhruva Rajendra, with in-kind support from JBG Smith, freedom, and Design Within Reach. WPA is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Saturday, March 2, 5-7pm