Kanye West has an exciting new concept for addressing Los Angeles’ homeless situation. He wants the homeless to have a chance to model the outfits he designs.
Here’s how it works… Kanye West is working on a new collaboration and fashion event with Skid Row Fashion Week, with the ultimate purpose of assisting the homeless.
The founder of Skid Row Fashion Week, David Sabastian, tells TMZ… He met with Kanye earlier this month at his studio in L.A.’s Arts District, near Skid Row, where he was recording ‘Donda 2,’ and the two decided to collaborate on a Yeezy X Skid Row Fashion Week clothing collection.
According to David, his company provides a portion of all purchases to aiding those on Skid Row, and the facility that creates the garments employs homeless people. Furthermore, the Yeezy collaboration will donate 100% of the revenues to the destitute on Skid Row.
The fashion line will be released on February 22nd, and proceeds will be used to help hire more people who are homeless to work at the Skid Row Fashion Week factory.
Furthermore, David claims that he and Kanye are arranging a fashion show in which they would hire people from the SRFW factory to model the outfits.
They also want objects collected on Skid Row to be incorporated into the ensembles, according to reports. A trash bag puffer jacket is one of the concepts being discussed.
Kanye West met with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, as previously reported. City officials will meet to explore how to address L.A.’s humanitarian situation… and it’s only one part of the puzzle.
The “Good Life” rapper is said to be donating all of the money to others on Skid Row who are less fortunate.
In a video promoting the upcoming gear, the firm notes, “There are currently 60,000 people living on Skid Row.”
“Thousands of men, women and children are living in tents because our government refuses to spend the $3 billion they have in the reserve to eradicate this cancer we call homelessness,” the ad continues. “A purchase from Skid Row Fashion Week will help us employ, house, feed and start the process of rehabilitation with our programs and services. Buy Skid Row Fashion Week and save a life.”
Kanye West and Sabastian are also rumored to be planning a runway event in which Skid Row Fashion Week manufacturing workers will showcase the fashionable garments.
Some of the styles, such as a trash bag puffer jacket, are said to be inspired by classic Skid Row ensembles.
Kanye is no stranger to the downtrodden region of downtown Los Angeles; in November, he visited Skid Row to meet and machinate with the CEO and president of LA Mission, a group that works to combat homelessness in the city.