Derick Bowers Says Barneys Has No Connection To The Hip Hop Community, Asks Jay Z To Cut Ties

Derick Bowers wants the luxury department chain store to "take ownership."

Derick Bowers, the man behind the petition requesting Jay Z to end his partnership with Barneys New York, wants Jay Z to cut ties with Barneys because the retailer’s actions show that “they have no connection with the young, black Hip Hop community.”

In an interview with allhiphop.com, Bowers says, “I’m not personally attacking Jay Z. This attack is really at Barneys. What I’m asking from him is to withdraw that partnership to let them know we have that power, and you can’t take that from us.”

Earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported two separate incidents in which Barneys portrayed discrimination against two African American customers. Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21, were questioned by New York Police Department officials as suspects of credit card fraud.

“What’s more surprising is the fact that because of these actions Barneys clearly shows that they have no connection with the young, black Hip Hop community, and if that’s the case then why are they reaching for the brand power of Jay Z who is the face of that,” says Bowers to allhiphop.com.

In September, Jay Z revealed a partnership with Barneys titled “A New York Holiday,” which will consist of limited edition pieces by high-end fashion brands and interactive window displays for the holiday season. 

“What I would like them to do is take ownership,” Bowers continues. “They’ll do all the things that companies do to make themselves look better, but we want to know they mean it. That’s it. We just want to know they really mean it, and for them to say “we have to look at our policies,” no I want them to take ownership.”

“I want them to have a real dialogue. I want the CEO of Barneys to come to Brooklyn and have a Town Hall meeting with the people who want to be where he’s at. We’re not all that different. Just different skin tones, different salary brackets, but at the end of the day we breath, we want more for our children, we just want to be happy,” says Bowser to allhiphop.com.

Earlier today, Barneys New York’s CEO Mark Lee issued a public apology via the company's official Facebook page.

 

According to Racked NY, Lee has also agreed to meet with reps of Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network, a civil rights organization in New York. 

RELATED: Jay Z Asked To Cut Ties With Barneys In Petition

20 Comments

  • A

    Why should Barney's (well-known high end retail place) HAVE to have a connection to the Hip-Hop community? Doesn't it seem like that would diminish their brand? To expect them to have that is ridiculous

  • Zeal

    Who is this bowers guy and why should we care about what he has to say?

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  • mased

    niggaz buggin...that deal is done....get money HOV..the police been profiling us for decades..but niggaz still wanna be a cop...save that bullshit people..Hov aint got nuttin to do with that shit...if Barney say they there store aint for black people, then i would say HOV cut ties...other than that fuck no...

  • SMFH

    heres a NEWSFLASH for all you ghetto, hoodrat, dirtbags out there... companies like Barneys, and Saks, and Gucci, and Louie, and whatever else ridiculous way out of your price range attire DO NOT WANT YOUR BUSINESS!...they want you to stop depreciating the value of their product...a bunch of filthy black rappers wearing gucci means that the people that they actually market too don't want to wear it anymore...so get off your soap box telling people to boycott barneys as if thats a punishment to them...THEY WANT YOU TO STOP WEARING THEIR SHIT YOU DIRTBAGS

    • Anonymous

      so while you chew on that barney's gotta check their staff & security credit scams are rampant but while they profiling brothers & sisters, there's a white or asian getting them hard for the goods with a fugazy card

    • Anonymous

      meanwhile I read yesterday that gucci & lv made minimal profit so their "target consumer" and buying either no store wants talk of boycott with xmas coming and they damn sure ain't turning down no business but you're a clown for even overlooking that there are adult blacks who buy that stuff, had that stuff, have no problems in stores and trust they will have plenty bags, hats, scarves, belts, shoes, cologne/perfume, sweaters ready for those consumers and they'll pay no mind to your silly ass ranting about hoodrats and rappers

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  • Lol

    They want to do more for the young black RnB community... This shit form this dude is lame. Go get a life, job and be great no body gave Hov shit. The same Jay Z y'all said is the devil, his daughter is lucifer, his wife is the sapient, we don't buy his record, can't rap, wasn't Take Over from lame hiphop heads, sold drugs to his own people, is whom y'all now recognize as the face of HipHop! Jay Z will never listen to you people because the moment he does will end up like...No unfortunately he will land on his hard earn bunch of money. Y'all don't have nothing for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Hell fuckin no Jay shouldn't cut ties with the store. Yeah it's messed up what happened, but lets face the facts, niggas be runnin credit card scams.

  • Anonymous

    I am pretty sure that when they called the police, it wasn't just one staff member. It went through the upper management as well who approved the action of the staff. Barney's New York is a high end department store any damn way. Because Jay-Z has a line there, does it means it is a hip hop brand? If I enter the store, will I see a cypher going down? Will I see the Rock Steady Crew breakdancing in the elevator?

    • anonymous

      All phones allow emergency (911)calls out. Who is to say that some idiot in Loss Prevention didn't make the call themselves and that Barneys Brand is taking responsibility for it. That's business.

    • andwhy

      First cat is right, phones within a department store only call within the store. Management has the phones that call out. Dude above me is fuckin stupid

    • Dumb

      It never hits upper staff idiot, until isn hit the fan. One bad apple made the call.

  • andwhy

    He should cut ties because a homosexual says too?...what if we write a petition on that?...how about Derrick just continue to stop shopping there

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z doesn't give a fuck. He's not gonna mess with his money.

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