Balenciaga is the latest fashion brand to drop Kanye West after he went off the rails with startling anti-Semitic statements this month.
Balenciaga’s parent, Kering, said in a statement to WWD: “Balenciaga no longer has any relationship or plans for future projects involving this artist.”
The French company did not provide more detailed information, according to WWD.
The rapper, who changed his name to Ye last year, is fast losing major fashion houses – and even his bank JP Morgan – who have clamored to partner with him in recent years as sales of his Yeezy brand soared, according to reports New York Post.
They are now under pressure to convict him as he leans back on his offensive comments, including a threat on Twitter to declare him a “deadly swindler of the 3 Jewish people”, claiming that the Jews were “toying with me and trying to bring down anyone who opposes your agenda.”
The heated rhetoric followed the backlash to his controversial surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris this month, which featured “White Lives Matter” T-shirts with the Pope’s face on the front.
West has also been locked out of his social media accounts, Instagram and Twitter.
In September, West ended his 10-year deal with The Gap, saying the retailer had not followed through on its promises to release certain styles and open Yeezy Gap specialty stores.
But over the summer, Gap executives told their employees that the company was not a “fit” with West and that the company had decided to “discontinue its partnership” with West.
West, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, could also lose his partnership with Adidas, which said a deal with West was “under review” following his White Lives Matter show.
But for some, the condemnation of the German brand is not coming fast enough.
Watchdog group StopAntisemitism sent a letter to Adidas honchos on Friday, saying: “It’s been two weeks since Ye started spewing hatred against Jews, and Adidas’ continued partnership with him — worth more than a billion dollars — is testament to his behavior.” Group Executive Director Liora Res.
“Although the Dassler family is no longer associated with the brand, Adidas’ history is filled with the same hatred of Jews as Hitler and Nazism,” Rees added. “Honor Holocaust survivors and all they had to go through by taking a stand to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.”
This article originally appeared in New York Post and was reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Balenciaga ends relationship with Kanye West amid ongoing scandals