Kanye West is no stranger to controversy, as he recently gave an explanation of his slavery comments, and even opened up on his relationship with Nike, and how he almost ended up at PUMA.
Now, the artist is getting criticized for stealing designs. In April 30, Kanye published a tweet with a sketch, seen below, saying “This is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts, I’m so excited about out new design team. Yeezy is no longer a fashion company we should be referred to as apparel or clothing or simple YEEZY.”
this is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts. I'm so excited about our new design team. Yeezy is no longer a fashion company we should be referred to as apparel or clothing or simply YEEZY. pic.twitter.com/0hcy4yHvO2
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 30, 2018
Apparently, the sketch was by Tony Spackman, an ex-Nike designer from 2000 to 2009, who is now the Design Director at Givenchy. Spackman took to Instagram to address the theft of his 13-year-old designs by Kanye West, and not only are the sketches Kanye tweeted the exact same one by Spackman, but someone in Kanye’s team, or maybe even Kanye himself, edited out the titles on Spackman’s original design sketches, as featured in the images below.
Ever-controversial Kanye is no stranger to digging in the far reaches of the internet for inspiration. Is Ye just showing his creative process with inspiration images or claiming the work to be his own? Photoshopping out the title of the sketch in the top left corner is pretty much a dead giveaway lol. The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called "Living Apparel" which eventually became "Nike React", a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort. Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴 • #yeezy #kanyewest #kanye #kimye #theft #inspiration #illustration #design #fashiondesign #sportswear #streetwear #athleisure #nike #streetstyle #running #nikerunning #hypebeast #highsnobiety #snobshots #wiwt #ootd #copycat #knockoff #wtf #dietprada
The images posted by IG account @diet_prada further shared in the caption, “The original by designer @tonyspackman was done in 2005 for a @nike collection called “Living Apparel” which eventually became “Nike React”, a running collection grounded in freedom of movement and human comfort. Can we just call it Yee💤y now? 😴”
Since being called out, Kanye has yet to respond, but stay tuned for more.
Next up, the internet has a brilliant theory about Kanye West’s recent behavior.