Well, it sounds like Louis Vuitton's new plans to push out "hyper-luxury" merchandise aren't going to work on Kanye West.
The rapper, who once designed a line of shoes for the luxury house, and even referred to himself as the "Louis Vuitton don," publicly denounced the company during an interview with Power 106′s Big Boy Neighborhood. Despite the fact that West has, as far as we know, not been asked to work with them since that first partnership, he explained what would happen if they did ask him:
“If I had the opportunity to design for Louis Vuitton now I wouldn’t, because the prices are just too extreme,” said West. "I don’t want to use my message to have kids saving up that much to be a part of what the ideas are. That’s the problem to me with luxury.”
Interesting. Not only does West wear nothing but luxury brands like Margiela, Céline, and Givenchy, insist fiancé Kim Kardashian do the same, and deem 15 carats an appropriate engagement ring size--he also designed a high-end fashion line that included a pair of $6,000 shoes in collaboration with Guiseppe Zanotti. We're pretty sure that all qualifies as "extreme."
At the same time, his A.P.C. line this year was a bit more accessible, with most items under $300. Perhaps that's more the direction he'll go in with his next fashion venture, but he'll have to do more than simply hoodies and jeans if he wants to become the best fashion designer of all time. Because apparently that's what he wants to is going to do:
“I would say more like Tupac is the best rapper of all time," he began. "I tell you one thing in clothing, as soon as I get it, I’m going to be Tupac of this. I will be Tupac of this."
This has been a pretty vocal tour for West so far--just this weekend he sounded off on Barneys racial profiling allegations. We look forward to hearing what he says next.