The Fashion Law Exclusive - Paris-based Colette isn't the only retailer that was interested in the results of Kanye West's controversial foray into womenswear. While Colette may be the only store to have bought any of the rapper's wares (selling a range of Kanye West for Guiseppe Zanotti shoes and those Yeezy nameplate necklaces), it turns out, Ikram Goldman, the owner of the Chicago boutique Ikram, also showed interest in his collections. This hardly comes as a surprise for several reasons; namely, the two parties' common roots in Chicago, Goldman's reputation as a coach to young design talent, and the sheer amount of buzz that surrounded West's Paris Fashion Week debut.
As the New York Times so aptly put it, "the owner of just one boutique in the Midwest, Goldman is nonetheless a commanding presence in New York and Paris," with the power to "jump-start the career of a struggling young designer." According to a TFL source, Goldman met with West following his show, and like many other industry insiders, pointed out that the rapper's collection bore a similarity to that of more-seasoned brand, Givenchy, in price point.
Sources tell us that Goldman was, in fact, impressed by the quality of West's materials but true to form, the notoriously decisive businesswoman was skeptical. While Goldman never sold it in her Chicago store, this is apparently not because she didn't buy, but, instead because, Kanye didn't manufacture any of his garments. Regardless, the fact that she gave West the time of day (and reportedly praised his collection) certainly says something. What that is, I'm not entirely sure, but likely that West has some sort of promise as a womenswear designer.