Kanye West’s A.P.C. collection debuted online yesterday and, unsurprisingly, it was a big to-do in the #menswear world. So much so that, according to Complex, the retailer’s U.S. site crashed and everything sold out.
But all hope is not lost. A.P.C.’s site is back up and running and the whole collection is “available for pre-order for the next delivery of the A.P.C. X Kanye collaboration.” So for those of you dying to score a completely plain Kanye West-designed white t-shirt for $120, now’s your chance to get one–eventually. West’s jeans ($265), long-sleeve hoodie ($280), and short-sleeve hoodie ($250) are also available for pre-order–or just ogling–right now. One of the items, the Trippy Symphony t-shirt ($140) was made in collaboration with streetwear brand Been Trill.
And even though the collection is sold out right now, it sounds like there will be plenty to go around. Jean Touitou told Style.com, “Production hasn’t been so limited.”
While the collection may be a hit at retail, it sounds like it was a bitch to produce. Four-Pins is reporting that, according to a source, the West collab was “the most frustrating project [A.P.C.'s] worked on. [West] wanted to make changes up to, and after, the last minute.” The collection was supposed to be larger, but West’s perfectionism got in the way–and items, like a chambray shirt, were scrapped at the last minute because they didn’t meet his standards. “Basically, Jean [Touitou] issued an ultimatum saying SOMETHING needed to be released or he wouldn’t work with him, so they compromised.”
Touitou himself has commented on the difficulty of working with West. “When you deal with a guy who wants to redesign just about anything so it could fit [into the] kingdom of dopeness, it takes some time to just sit and say, ‘Okay, agreed, but let’s get start on something limited, and we’ll see,’” he told Style.com. “I just love the guy, so whatever,” he added. “He could want a piece to be baggy and skinny at the same time… [but] oh well, you just find a way.”
Or, as Touitou put it to W magazine: “When we finally finished this collection, I felt like, Okay, if I made this happen, then I can achieve peace in the Middle East.”
So will Touitou be embarking on another
headache collaboration with Yeezus? “Only time will tell,” he told Style.com.
And then he cryptically concluded: “Fashion killed rock and roll. Fashion killed contemporary art, and turned it vulgar. And if hip-hop artists are not careful it will also kill hip hop.”
Interesting words coming from a guy who just collaborated with a hip hop artist on a fashion line…
Click through to see the whole collection.