Less than a month after Kanye West claimed he was taking a “Robin Hood approach…to making clothes,” pricing information for his upcoming Adidas Originals line has been released and none of the pieces are as affordable as that quote might suggest.
While the Yeezy Boost Low will cost around $210—cheaper than the original high-top version’s retail of $350—the rest of the line will fetch considerably more.
The minimalist sweatshirts and hoodies that Ye debuted at New York Fashion Week last month will retail for around $430, according to Hypebeast, and those Duckboots and a canvas backpack will each cost somewhere around $500.
Even more extravagant, the knitwear items on display at Ye’s show will start at $875 and cap out at $1650. By contrast, the Yeezy x Adidas Originals outerwear pieces will start at $1760 and run all the way up to $4,000.
If you let Adidas (or Kanye) tell it, the high pricing across the board is apparently a function of the whole line being manufactured in Italy from high-quality fabrics.
The Adidas Originals line is slated to be released in the Fall/ Winter season later this year.
Last month, West spoke with Style.com about his latest foray into fashion and highlighted the importance of accessibility to his approach.
“People sometimes ask, ‘Why does Kanye West pander to fashion in this way?’” he said. “I don’t pander to it, I’m trying to learn from it. Because I believe there’s some information in it that can help people have better lives. And it’s being held and blocked and not given to the people. So this is very much a Robin Hood approach that I have to making clothes.”
“Adidas is the perfect place to be,” he also said. “If someone was to say, ‘Hey, do you want to go to a high-end house now?’ I’d absolutely say no. I’m not trying to [sound] presumptuous, I’m just saying that if in my wildest dreams I was presented with the opportunity, I would absolutely say no at this point. Because I’m only concerned with making beautiful products available to as many people as possible.”
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