Kanye West accuses retailer Gap over partnership deal

Kanye West
Kanye West

American rapper, Kanye West has accused retailer Gap for failing to honour terms of their deal.

He also stated that the firm also failed to open standalone stores for his Yeezy fashion label and is set to end a partnership with the retailer Gap, which had hoped the collaboration could breathe new life into its brand.

The agreement with Mr West, who goes by Ye, was hailed as potentially transformative when announced in 2020.

That partnership is governed by a separate agreement, according to the letter sent on Mr West’s behalf to Gap.

Mr West also has a partnership with Adidas, which is due to expire in 2026.

Mr West, meanwhile, has repeatedly criticised the company on social media, accusing it of copying his designs, excluding him from meetings and ignoring his requests to join the board.

The first item produced under the partnership, a $200 (£173) puffa jacket, did not go on sale for a year. That led to reports that Gap was frustrated by the slow rollout of Yeezy products, which also included a plain hoodie in bright colours for $90.

The president and chief executive Mark Breitbard said that while Gap and Yeezy shared many values, “how we work together to deliver this vision is not aligned”.

“Important to know is that throughout this partnership, we have upheld our commitments – and the teams have done so with the utmost integrity, navigating obstacles and demonstrating incredible resolve,” he added.

Mr West’s lawyer, Nicholas Gravante, said Mr West had tried to work through the issues with Gap but “gotten nowhere”. He sent a letter on Mr West’s behalf to Gap notifying it of his intent to end the deal on Thursday.

“Gap left him no choice but to terminate their agreement,” he said. “Ye will now promptly move forward to make up for lost time by opening Yeezy retail stores.”

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