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Balenciaga ends relationship with Kanye West

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/21/2022 Jenny Goldsberry
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Fashion house Balenciaga is the latest to cut ties with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

Balenciaga's parent company Kering confirmed Friday to Women's Wear Daily that it "has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist." It did not clarify the reason behind the end of the partnership. However, Ye's recent comments, which have been heavily criticized as antisemitic, could have been behind the move.

Ye most recently opened Balenciaga's show during Paris Fashion Week along a mud runway in an outfit that resembled battle gear. Balenciaga has since removed images of Ye from its website.

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The rapper's own clothing brand Yeezy was made by Balenciaga during its partnership with retailer Gap. Notably, it was Ye that publicly terminated his contract with Gap in September, alleging the retailer wasn't holding up its end of the deal. While the retailer sold Yeezy's blue puffer jacket in a matter of hours in June of last year, it did not sell any other Yeezy products by the second half of the year, which Ye claimed was a violation of its contract.

At about that same time, JPMorgan Chase gave Ye until Nov. 21 to switch institutions, according to a letter. The Washington Examiner was able to confirm its authenticity and its date, which was Sept. 20, long before Ye's recent controversies. JPMorgan Chase did not provide a comment to the Washington Examiner as to why the relationship was terminated but said it came after a "recent discussion" with the rapper.

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As Ye focuses less on the fashion industry, he has sought to invest in media, with news that he would be buying social media platform Parler breaking last week.

 

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Original Author: Jenny Goldsberry

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