Balenciaga drops Kanye West

According to a report from Women’s Wear Daily quoting a statement from Balenciaga’s parent business, fashion giant Balenciaga has formally cut relations with rapper Kanye West following a string of antisemitic postings and other contentious remarks by the artist.

The parent company of Balenciaga, Kering, said in a statement to WWD, “Balenciaga has no longer any contact with this artist nor any intentions for future projects associated to this artist.”

CNN emailed Kering for comment, but they didn’t get back to them.

Earlier this year, Balenciaga and West worked together to create the highly successful Yeezy Gap collection. West later officially changed his name to Ye. In June 2020, Gap originally disclosed its 10-year agreement with West for the Yeezy Gap line. However, West revealed last month that he was canceling his relationship with the retailer due to “serious noncompliance.”

Gap Brand’s president and CEO, Mark Breitbard, stated in an internal email that the decision was made to “wind down the cooperation” because their “vision is not matched.”

Adidas added that it is reevaluating its collaboration with West after their relationship turned heated.

According to the New York Times, West and Balenciaga have a strong connection, and he and creative director Demna Gvasalia text “many times a day.” West donned one of Gvasalia’s contentious “White Lives Matter” shirts to the disastrous Paris fashion show, along with Balenciaga CEO Cédric Charbit, according to reports.

Ye’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were suspended earlier this month for breaking the rules with regard to posts with antisemitic material.

Records from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine that CNN retrieved show that West said in a since-deleted tweet that he was “doing death con 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE”

In order to avoid having to “fear being banned from social media again,” Ye recently declared plans to purchase Parler, a far-right social network.

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