Kanye West planning a range of stores? | Entertainment
Kanye West looks set to open his own chain of retail stores.
The “Stronger” rapper – who legally changed his name to Ye – and his legal team have filed for the “YZYSPLY” trademark for stores, online ordering services and online retail services, the request covering apparel including shirts, socks, hats, visors, thongs and even tennis apparel, as well as “accessories” including shoes and headwear, reports TMZ.
The ‘Jesus Walks’ hitmaker – who has four children, North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four and three, Psalm with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian – has already sold his limited-edition shoes and clothes from the site Web Yeezy Supply, but the filing suggests the rapper has a longer term plan in mind.
Last month, Kanye released his first collection with Gap, with a range consisting largely of all-black items, including a full face mask, t-shirts and jumpsuit.
The first item made available for YEEZY GAP was a blue no-tie down jacket, priced at $200.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Kanye was being sued for not returning the rented clothes.
The 45-year-old rapper and designer has been accused of failing to return 13 “rare and valued pieces” to David Casavant after he loaned 49 pieces of clothing to the fashion archivist in March 2020.
The David Cassavant archive claimed that Kanye returned the other 36 garments with no problem, but by the end of October 2020 he had stopped paying the weekly fee on the remaining 13 pieces.
The 31-year-old stylist is claiming $221,000 in unpaid rental fees and an additional $195,000 to replace missing items.
Among the 49 items listed in David’s bill to Kanye – whom he has worked with since 2014 – included a distressed vintage blue denim jacket by Helmut Lang, a $5,000 Gucci bomber jacket and a black Dolce and Gabbana mesh tank top .