Happy Friday! I'm not sure where to start with this story, but when a sartorially-inclined friend relayed it to me the other night, I had to look it up to see if it was true. And lo and behold, it is...
So, Kanye West walks out of Barneys...
And runs into this guy. One Cassius Marcellus Cornelius Clay. A 19 year old Yale sophmore. Wearing Stubbs & Woottons.
Kanye, reeling from his Taylor Swift confrontation fallout, is besotten with Cassius's patrician style, emailing him, saying ‘You are an inspiration to me. I inspire people like Rihanna and Beyoncé and you inspire me. I need you during this difficult time,’ says Alex Klein, a Yale junior who runs in the same circles as Clay.
The day after Kanye met Clay, he signed up to collaborate with Stubbs and Wootton, the maker of Clay’s shoes. Clay will be an integral part of this process. “We were honored that he approached us to do something together,” says Percy Steinhart, owner of Stubbs and Wootton. “We do a lot of crests,” Steinhart adds. “And [Kanye] loves crests.”
Clay, graduate of Phillips Academy, has now taken a leave of absence from Yale. Clay is a direct descendant of 19th century abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay and a distant relative to 19th century Secretary of State Henry Clay. According to the New York Post, at Andover, he rode a vanilla-colored bicycle. When a rule went into effect demanding students wear helmets, he donned a leather riding cap (a precursor to the equestrian-themed fashion line Clay would design his sophomore year).
It gets better. Says the NY Post, "At Yale, Clay was known for his patrician-hipster style. When most people donned sweats for class, he came decked out in Harry Potter glasses, feathered bow ties and Hermes scarves. Instead of a backpack, he carried a $5,000 Hermes Birkin bag."
Feathered bow ties? Am I am making this up? Um...no.
So the question that emerges is this...what is it going to do for Stubbs & Wootton to collaborate with a rapper who replaced his bottom teeth with diamonds? Alienate the target clientele? Or will it not matter because they'll be bringing in a totally new audience?
So, that's the tale of Cassius Clay and Kanye West. I guess we'll have to wait till Spring to see how this plays out in terms of their collaboration. Until then.......what do YOU think?