Kanye West Accuses Gap of Copying Yeezy Gap x Balenciaga

Kanye WestWants to know the truth. Gap was accused by the rapper of copying designs from his Yeezy Gap Engineered By Balenciaga collection.

The Chicago native, aged 45, shared a screenshot from a conversation he had during the week on Instagram. In the message thread, West’s pal sent the Grammy winner a link to a navy blue Gap T-Shirt. “This is Gap copying — YGEEB,” the unidentified person said of the design, which featured the Gap logo plastered across the bodice. The hitmaker agreed, responding: “Exactly.”

He continued: “Do you want me to post this text message?” Alongside the screenshot, West wrote: “But they canceled the photo shoot with my kids in Japan without me knowing.” Gap has not yet publicly addressed West’s accusations.

The “Graduation” artist teamed up with Balenciaga’s creative director and longtime friend, Demna, on the eight-piece Yeezy Gap line. Two drops were included in the line, which were revealed in February and May, respectively.

The collection includes hoodies, sweatpants, long sleeves, sweatpants, and denim. The collection is available in a variety of colors: light grey, grey red, black, blue, brown, and so on.

According to a press release, each piece was designed with the partners’ “shared vision of utilitarian design” in mind. The pair also wanted to “pay tribute to Gap’s timeless American icons rendered anew in wash, hue and silhouette.” In addition to select Gap stores, fans can shop the label on farfetch.com and yeezygap.com.

West’s beef with Gap comes after he recently fired back at critics who slammed him for selling Yeezy Gap out of trash bags.

“I’m an innovator, and I’m not here to sit up and apologize about my ideas,” the hip-hop star said during an August 18 interview with Fox & Friends. “That’s exactly what the media tries to do. Make us apologize for any idea that doesn’t fall under exactly the way they want us to think.”

The “Famous” musician also shared that he didn’t like the term “trash bags.”

“This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is not just some celebrity collaboration,” he said. “This is my life. I’m fighting for a position to be able to change clothing and bring the best design to the people.”

After a customer posted photos of clothes stuffed into large waste bins at the Gap storefront, West was in hot water with his fans.

“The sales associate said Ye got mad when he saw they had it on the hangers and this is how he wanted it,” the social media user alleged. “They won’t help you find ur [sic] size too, you just have to dig through everything.”

The photo quickly became viral.