With 100 percent of proceeds now going to charity, Jay Z’s Barneys collection launched Wednesday morning (November 20) at the high-end retailer’s flagship New York store. In light of the racial profiling scandal that marred earlier news of the collaboration, the official launch party was called off, the formerly 25-percent philanthropy share was upped, and Shawn Carter himself announced that he will to head up a council on the subject of racial profiling. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Zappos are trading shots over “shit.”
Also: We’re all anonymous over the Internet (although our credit cards are not), and much of the BNY NYC SCC — that last bit stands for “Shawn Carter Collection” — is available to purchase online. The priciest item in the series? A crocodile-skin jacket designed by Rick Owens, retailing for $58,000. Yep, you can buy a jacket that costs as much as a modest luxury vehicle on the web. That means there’s a “quantity” option on the page. Want one for every day of the week? No problem, but all sales are final.
Other wildly priced items include a $33,900 watch, a pair of leather boxing shorts for $2,590, an $875 baseball cap, a freaky cashmere ski mask for $695, and a $70 basic T-shirt. To own one of each item available on the Barneys website, it’ll cost $155,003 — you’ll forgive us if we’re off by a thousand or two in either direction. If you’re in the market, what’s an extra figure between mega-rich friends? For pictures of some of the new styles in action, Fader was on the scene when the doors opened.