SKECHERS USA Inc. said Ye, also known as Kanye West, showed up unannounced and uninvited at its corporate offices in Los Angeles and engaged in unauthorized filming.
Two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation, the company said in a statement.
The footwear company said it’s not considering and has no intention of working with Ye. “We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of hate speech,” it said.
On Tuesday, Adidas AG ended its partnership with Ye, joining Gap Inc. and Kering SA’s Balenciaga fashion label in cutting ties with the rapper. The management group Creative Artists Agency has also ended its relationship with him.
The widespread distancing comes after the rapper and designer debuted a shirt that said “White Lives Matter” at a fashion show in Paris and made antisemitic comments. Advocacy groups condemned the language and urged companies to break their relationships with Ye, and Adidas employees also publicly implored the footwear brand to end the collaboration.
Adidas plans to sell the designs associated with the Yeezy line under its own name, analysts said. Gap has already pulled items from its New York City flagship. Some resale sites are seeing a 10% rise in prices for existing Yeezy sneakers, while the consignment website The RealReal said on Oct. 25 that it would no longer accept pieces associated with Ye or his brand — though existing items will still be available for purchase.
“We represent consignors not brands, and since we have already accepted and listed these items, we will not accept any future items,” a spokesperson for the resale company said.
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