Fashion: Kanye West Has Signed A 10-Year Deal With Gap

by Duke Magazine

American rapper, Kanye West has for a long time been itching to have a clothing line, thereby making different clothes available for all masses irrespective of their socioeconomic class. However, West’s dream came into fruition on Thursday, June 25, when he appended his signature to a 10-year deal with Gap to produce a new clothing line called “Yeezy Gap,” and which will start being distributed to stores in 2021.

The line is expected to sell for typical Gap prices of less than $100 per item, according to Business of Fashion, which means it will be far more accessibly-priced than the Yeezy clothing line that West first presented at New York Fashion Week in 2015. The partnership will showcase “modern, elevated basics for men, women and kids at accessible price points,” according to a statement from Yeezy.

The partnership looks like a plus from both quarters, with West speaking about his desire to work with Gap for years, telling in 2015, “I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap… I’m not talking about a capsule. I’m talking about full Hedi Slimane creative control of the Gap.” West also worked at a Gap store as a teenager in Chicago. 

Meanwhile, Gap’s slipping sales in recent years will leverage on the infusion of hype that West has been able to accord to his sneaker partnership with Adidas in the past. The retailer has shut over 3,300 stores and furloughed 80,000 employees due to the pandemic, reports Business of Fashion. It has also canceled the collaboration it had announced with Telfar in January. 

“We are excited to welcome Kanye back to the Gap family as a creative visionary, building on the aesthetic and success of his Yeezy brand and together defining a next-level retail partnership,” Mark Breitbard, Global Head of Gap Brand, said in a release.

Yeezy Gap will just include clothing for now, while Adidas will still produce sneakers under the Yeezy name. Yeezy’s value was estimated at $2.9 billion in April, according to Forbes.

West has announced via the microblogging platform, Twitter, that Mowalola Ungesi, the Nigerian British designer of the eponymous label ‘Mowalola’, will be joining Yeezy Gap as a design director. Ungesi’s designs were recently worn by West and his family in a photo posted to Kim Kardashian West’s Instagram.

Yeezy Clothing Line Logo.

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