Kanye West stayed up late last night in London, and he shared his long night of the soul with his 5,826,998 Twitter followers. West is spending time in the city working on his fashion line, which he expects to show again in Paris this March, and this got him thinking about design, contract law, and shopping for "discount furs" with his mother at the age of 5. You'd never guess his teachers told him he "couldn't focus."
First, Kanye wanted to clear up some misconceptions about the aforementioned clothing line.
And then the rapper really got stuck into his history with the fashion business, which, though long, is defined by short stints, one-off collaborations, cancellations, and other reversals. He alluded to Pastelle, the streetwear line he rapped about and wore several items from publicly, before announcing in 2009 that it would never, in fact, be released publicly.
And he talked about his short-lived line with A Bathing Ape.
I take it by that he means "Taylor Swift."
Now comes the designer brand name-dropping.
West designed a collection of sneakers for Louis Vuitton in 2009. They were inspired by Dune and cost $700.
Value Added Tax. It's a Value Added Tax, Kanye. Or, in French, a TVA.
Yeah, some would. But onwards and upwards, old chap.
Now, there's a bit of — well, what passes in this degraded age for "news." Kanye West is starting a company.
And he's hiring!
Dude, I want whatever drugs he's on. I want them right now.
And I bet they care about you, too, big guy.
He Tweeted some more after that, but it was mostly boring stuff about how he hates math, loves Steve Jobs, and thinks schools "should be designed to prep human beings for real life." Kanye is like the Malcolm Gladwell of rappers. Anyway, if you want to read his whole rant, here it is:
I appreciate everyone's support for my clothing line but I wanted to clarify a few things...
The name of the line is Kanye West not DW... The Dw was a design element placed on the invite in homage to my mom : )
I really appreciate the fake DW twitter page but since it's not official I can't co sign any information on it.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo Da Vinci
More clarity... I have no agency representing me currently... William Morris was fired after Cara lewis quit. I love Cara Lewis : )
I love being back at my fashion office learning and creating. It's so challenging and fun and I'm surrounded by amazing people.
You guys might think I have some type of backing for my line but I don't.
They so [sic] you only live once but every time I come to work I feel like I'm starting a second life.
I did the first fashion show out of my own pocket and used the money I made touring to follow my passion.
I've been working at this for 8 years now ...from the first offers to do urban clothing lines that I turned down...
To begging Bape to do my line and never making any real headway...
To having an office in LA that was shut down after the "MTV" moment along with my tour with GAGA
I moved to Japan for one month after that and designed every night in my room... I had this opportunity to intern at Fendi and was also..
...offered a position to at Versace wich I could not take due to my contract with LV which was for 2 years...
I moved to Rome after I left Japan and worked at Fendi for 4 months under cover ... I was there to give ideas for the men's collection
I snuck [sic] to Giuseppe Zanotti Factory still under contract and learned to design woman's shoes for 2 years before my first show in Paris
After doing the first LV collection I was sure I would get a second shot to create but was never given the opportunity
I designed a sneaker called the YEEZY with Nike. I'm "allowed" to design 1 pair of sneakers every 2 years. I have more ideas...
Early 2011 ... I moved to Paris and opened a small design studio... the language barrier was quite difficult...
I still don't have a Paris VAT number to this day... I don't know what a VAT [is] but every time I asked why we didn't have fabrics they said...
... it was because of the VAT.
In Paris I met many great people in design including the master Azzedine Alaia... Azzedine even came by my studio one day : )))
This was the greatest feeling to stand in his presence in my embarrassingly small Paris studio in a courtyard opposite Collate [sic]
I remember being 5 years old picking and my mother taking me with her shopping at the discount fur spots
She said I would always point to the most expensive furs even as a child LOL
It's something about making clothing that always brings me back to that point. For the first 16 or 17 years of my life the only thing...
I knew about my woman's clothing was what my Mom would wear. I guess some critics would joke that I still don't know anything LOL
My Mom would wear blue jeans with a fur and an embellished "Cosby Show" sweater : ) to pick me up from school
... the teachers said I couldn't focus... I used to get kicked out of class for bringing dirty mags and drawing Nikeys [sic] in 4th grade
Being a celebrity has afforded me many opportunities but has also boxed me in creatively.
I was just discussing becoming the creative director for the Jetson movie and someone on the call yelled out.. you should do a Jetsons tour!
This just happened a few hours ago. I was very insulted of course becuase [sic] for anyone that's seen the Watch the Throne Tour...
Or Coachella or Glow in the Dark or Runaway.. you know I have real ideas...
I appreciate having the most nominations at the Grammies but I feel so conflicted by the fact that award shows sometimes are completely...
Good logic tells me smile Kanye... the world likes you again... red or blue pill? ... aaaaand Swallow lol
I wouldn't have the prestige I have if it wasn't partially for the Grammies validation and I honor that
....hmmmmm what to wear... here I go again... Yeezy the trend setter or complete fucking fashion victim ... the verdict is still out
This is just a train of thought .. but figure it's better to read than trained thoughts
What good is fame and prestige if you can't use it to help people... I want to help by doing what I know how to do best .. create
I have started a new company and I'm so excited about the name.... it's got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!....
DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there [sic] dreams and ideas...
I used to blog all the time an fit [sic] was a way to get my opinion out...
Dr Dre redesigned headphones and made more impact off of one product.
I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts...
app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist ...
DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford...
I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me
...To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.. To marry our wants and needs.
This will all take time but I wanted everyones to know what I really care about... I care about people. I care about my fans..
I care about people who have never heard of me... There are over 7 billion people on the planet now...
It's something about coming from music that makes me so optimistic... Music travels and is not limited to only the wealthy.
Sometimes my grammar is wrong but my thinking is right : )
My mom was an English teacher so I know she sends an SMDH from heaven : )
5:18 am in London... My dreams keep me woke
We can collectively effect the world trough [sic] design. We need to pick up where steve jobs left off
Help education. School systems were designed to turn people into factory workers.
Schools should be designed to prep human beings for real life.
Spike Jonze and I want to do a Summer school that tries new forms of cuuriculim [sic]
Math classes should teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, accounting and money management aaaaaand cut!!! ....
UNLESS YOU'RE A MATH MAJOR!!!! Kids you should be able to take majors starting in grammar school like how it is at performing art schools
Instead of kicking kids out of schools for using there [sic] iPhones... why not promote it? Allow kids to use search engines to do test [sic]...
like the real WORLD!!! Give kids the amount of test they would have in a year in one day but they have to get everything perfect...
Some kids have better memories than others... what about emotional IQs... what about kids who do bad in school because of how bad there [sic]..
...surroundings are? I meant to say their...
excuse me... I just get excited at the possibilities... the more excited I get... the more grammatical errors you'll see...
We need to take what Michael Jackson felt and Mcqueen and Steve Jobs and we need make things better...
When me and Jay toured... ever night I peered into the audience astonished by the different walks of life that came to support us.
The adrenaline is running... I don't know if I can even get to sleep now... From Wall street to the London riots to Chicago murders...
I sit everyday and ask what can I do to make a difference...
I know this is not a very rapper thing to say but I haven't bought a new car or piece of jewelry in about 2 years...
Kanye just wanted to share what's been on his mind. If you see yourself as a future ex-employee of DONDA, email contactDONDA@gmail.com.
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