I've been really hard on Kanye in the past, but some recent developments suggest that I may have underestimated him and his ability to design accessories. First of all, he caused quite a bit of bizz with the $6k shoes he designed with Guiseppe Zanotti and, now he is experiencing what has unfortunately become a designer's right of passage. The rapper-turned-fashionisto is being knocked-off. Kanye's Yeezi necklaces just barely made it to Colette Paris (the exclusive retailer of all things Kanye) in time to have a lovely little online shop called RSVP Sweatshop, already selling them. Is this site an authorized retailer of Kanye couture? I don't think so.
Not only is RSVP Sweatshop, which also stocks some questionable Kenzo, Givenchy, Celine, and YSL pieces, selling an inferior version of Kanye's design, the site is representing it as the real thing. Anyone who is familiar with Jacob and Co., Kanye's design partner for the Yeezi necklace, knows that Jacob has never made a piece of jewelry for less than a few thousands dollars. So, Colette's $1300 price tag is a bit more fitting than RSVP's $120 version. However, based on quite a few online threads, the price difference isn't a dead giveaway, and consumers are confused about the authenticity of the necklaces. So, I'm here to tell you: Kanye, you're being knocked-off. Consumers, those necklaces are not real, and RSVP Sweatshop, you're committing trademark infringement. West (via Mascotte Holdings, Inc.) filed a trademark application for the name "YEEZI" in numerous classes of goods and services, one of them being jewelry, in March of 2011. So, actually, you are potentially committing trademark infringement, my friends. Do better.