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Gap sues Kanye West over alterations to former Yeezy store in LA

By | Published on Wednesday 24 May 2023

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Gap is suing its former business partner Kanye West over alterations that were made to an LA building it rented in 2021 and 2022, that building having been used – it seems – as a place to sell the Yeezy products that were created by the rapper in collaboration with the retailer.

According to a lawsuit filed last month, it was West’s team that instigated the alterations, putting Gap in breach of its agreement with the building’s owner.

According to the New York Post, the alterations included “erecting an exterior ramp in the east side parking lot; installing a tunnel in the lot; removing ceiling lights; building a wall; and nixing three bathrooms”.

The building’s owner sued Gap over the alterations last year, seeking to hold the retailer responsible for the costs of restoring the property back to how it was prior to West’s meddling. Unsurprisingly, Gap is now seeking to hold West responsible for those costs.

The Yeezy Gap partnership between West and the retailer collapsed last year, with a legal rep for the rapper stating at the time: “Gap left Ye no choice but to terminate their collaboration agreement because of Gap’s substantial noncompliance”.

Of course, pretty much all of West’s business and brand partnerships subsequently fell apart as he courted ever more controversy in the latter part of 2022 due to his frequent racist and antisemitic statements.