Fashion News: Timberland cuts off A.P.C over designer’s racial remarks.
Paris Fashion Week has been exciting so far; we will talk more about the amazing designs walking down the runway after we talk about Jean Touitou’s troubles. Jean Touitou is friends with Kanye West and they have collaborated together. For the recent A.P.C men’s collection, he paid homage to his friendship with Kanye by pairing his dandy designs with Timberland boots. Which was a brilliant idea until his mouth got him in some troubles.
“The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain," He made a statement. He also named the segment "Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS”. Although he got the approval from Kanye himself because they are on a texting basis, his creative ideas got him into hot water triggering Timberland to cut ties with A.P.C.
Timberland’s president Stewart Whitney issued a statement that the company will not be going forward with its relationship with A.P.C so it’s official. I understand that there is so much racial tension everywhere right now but I can’t help but feel the need to defend Touitou. He was only inspired and I could feel the vibe that he was trying to describe with the Timberlands. I was only bothered by his use of the word “ghetto” but this is very provocative and the collection is actually dope. He just made it acceptable to wear Timberlands with dress pants and got fired for it.
This is also a cry for more Fine ass black men on the runways, would it have been less offensive if he had used black models? Just a thought!!
I wonder if Kanye West will publicly defend him. What do you think? Check out Reginah’sRunway Backstage to see the full collection.