According to Randy Dawkins, the creative director of the fashion label ‘Infinity G8ds’, Kanye West (44) would have stolen their logo for his new album ‘Donda’. The logo can be seen on t-shirts and hoodies, among other things, but does not come from Kanyes. This reports ‘The Daily Beast’.
“As black artists you have to support each other, which has not happened”
The company is run by black entrepreneurs, making Kanyes ‘playing borrowed neighbor’ extra hard. “It’s disappointing. We have nothing against him at all and even think he’s a good artist, but there are a few things wrong in business,” said Randy.
Randy says he was approached at the end of July by Kanye’s personal chef Willie Wallace, with whom he was friends, after which he got to speak to the singer himself. “He said, dude, I absolutely love your design, when can I meet you to talk about this? Then we drove from Miami to Atlanta to talk to him. That conversation was great, we explained to him what we do and he thought that was cool. Then he invited us to dinner together, which was really nice. But we haven’t heard anything since, and not long after that dinner we suddenly saw our logo on his merchandise.”
He continues: “Obviously I misjudged the situation. As black artists you have to support each other, which has not happened. He could also have helped me create some visibility, but that’s not how it works. I am very sorry to be treated this way and others are showing off your work.”
Kanye sold the shirts and hoodies with the ‘stolen’ logo at his listening sessions in Atlanta starting at $85. Spokespersons for the singer declined to comment.