Yeezy creator Kanye West is in hot water for failing to return a number of high-value apparel items borrowed from a New York stylist’s collection.
David Casavant Archive on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in an Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that the rapper-turned-fashion-mogul owes the rental service more than $416,000 after skipping out on monthly fees and neglecting to hand back 13 “rare, esteemed pieces,” a report from Billboard stated. West took possession of the pieces in February 2020, and the plaintiff said he halted payments in October.
According to an invoice from the Archive obtained by TMZ, the items in question include a Miu Miu suit with a replacement valuation of $9,000, a Raf Simons ripped mesh tank worth $8,000, Gucci python pants valued at $6,500, and numerous vintage pieces. The Archive’s lawyers wrote that the items are “valued for their scarcity,” and are “not fungible commodities.”
“The replacement fees reflect the loss of future rentals, loan opportunities, publicity, and the lost value to the Archive as a whole,” they added, “as each lost item is part of a greater collection that derives its value from its completeness.”
The filing said that the group enjoyed a productive relationship with West dating back to 2014, when the Archive began renting out pieces to Yeezy Apparel LLC as well as the artist himself. West would regularly extend rentals on certain items and continue to pay monthly fees, and when an item was occasionally lost, Yeezy was billed for the replacement.
West and his business enterprise have since shirked responsibility for the missing garments, the Archive’s lawyers wrote. Attempts to resolve the situation have led to West’s camp “referring plaintiff to individuals without knowledge or authority to resolve the dispute, or advising plaintiff to send inquiries to inactive email accounts.”
The Archive, curated by stylist David Casavant, is made up of work from conceptual menswear designers, and claims to loan its unique wares to “significant leaders in contemporary culture” like Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Solange and Lorde.