Former Nike Designer Accuses Kanye West of Copying His Design For Yeezy

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Kanye West has taken to Twitter to, presumably, handle accusations that he copied a former Nike designer for his Yeezy assortment. Within the tweet, he alleges that it was a brand new designer that copied the work and that particular person has been let go. The tweet reads, “Today I learned that a newly hired designer on the Yeezy team presented work that was not of their own. This person has immediately been let go from the Yeezy brand.”

Teen Vogue has reached out to Adidas for touch upon this tweet and can replace if we hear something.

From displaying his support for Donald Trump to claiming that slavery was a choice, Kanye West has made no scarcity of contentious statements these days. Now it appears like even his Yeezy model isn’t immune from controversy.

Earlier this week, Kanye tweeted a sketch to, presumably, give everybody a behind-the-scenes take a look at his workforce’s design course of. He described the sketch as “where a YEEZY study for base layer starts,” and added that he’s “so excited” about his new design workforce.” The one drawback? That sketch may not be what Kanye says it’s, in keeping with Tony Spackman, a former Nike designer who’s now the design director at Givenchy.

Posting to his Instagram Tales, Tony shared a comparability of his sketches subsequent to Kanye’s. “When Kanye rips your 10-year-old Nike sketch and claims it,” he wrote, in keeping with Individuals.

Tony’s design dates again to a 2005 Nike assortment known as “Nike React,” which was grounded in freedom of motion and human consolation, in keeping with the Instagram account Diet Prada. The sketch is even nonetheless up on Tony’s website.

Kanye has had a rocky relationship with Nike, ever since severing ties with the corporate and leaping ship to rival Adidas again in 2013. He even wrote what some think about to be a diss observe directed at Nike. In “Facts,” Kanye raps, “Nike, Nike treat employees just like slaves” and “Tell Adidas that we need a million in production. I done told y’all all I needed was the infrastructure.”

However possibly Kanye’s determination to maneuver to Adidas will find yourself paying off. Despite his current Twitter tirades and headline-making antics, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told Bloomberg TV Thursday that the corporate had not thought of dropping West as a designer and movie star ambassador.

Teen Vogue has reached out to each Tony Spackman and Adidas for remark and can replace if we hear again from them.

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