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Amid reports that Kanye West has dropped Nike and signed a deal with adidas’s Y-3 label, comes news that the rapper has also closed down the Milan office of his own namesake brand. Dating back to earlier this month, it was reported that all 15 employees working for the Kanye West label in Italy were asked not to return the following day, with production being completely shut down. Among those rumored to be involved with the line is shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti. A decision was allegedly made overnight, with the reason given that the wannabe fashion mogul had decided to start an unidentified fashion project from scratch in New York City.

This adds even more fuel to the fire as news of Kanye teaming up with adidas Y-3 has spread like wildfire over the past few days. Only a modest handful of items from the Kanye West label have ever made it to retail making the abandonment all the more controversial. You can read about the rumored partnership with Y-3 here and as always, we’ll keep you posted as more news comes in.

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