Did rapper and budding fashion designer Kanye West stole the design concept for denim jacket?
West is currently under fire for the scribbled-on denim jacket he sold at his “The Life of Pablo” popup store in New York City earlier this month. Not only that the jacket cost about $400, San Francisco-based artist Jim Goldberg pointed out that West did not give credit where credit was due: the jacket’s originl inspiration, Tweaky Dave, a well-known homeless teen who passed away in the 90s.
“For the jacket to become sold as fashion—it really put me over the edge,” Goldberg said in an interview. “The spirit and intention of Kanye could be right, but the manner in which he is presenting it is wrong. All meaning has been lost. [He’s] forgetting history — not acknowledging where that design came from is wrong.”
Goldberg shared a snap on his Instagram account wearing Dave’s original jacket.
“Yeezy season – I don’t wear replicas – link in profile #yeezy,” the photographer caption the photo.
Kanye West’s camp has not released any comment yet as of this writing.