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.”
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.
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.