A new lawsuit filed by a New York-based stylist alleges rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, failed to return a number of high-value items of clothing.
According to a lawsuit filed by David Casavant, LLC in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this week, the rapper-turned-fashion mogul owes Casavant’s fashion rental service, David Casavant Archive, more than $416,000 after skipping monthly fees and neglecting to return 13 “rare and valued pieces.” Ye, along with his company Yeezy Apparel, LLC, are listed in the complaint.
In the lawsuit, Casavant states that he agreed to loan 49 items from his archives to the rapper for a week beginning February 19, 2020. According to the invoice seen in the lawsuit, many of the items were from designers like Raf Simons, Helmut Lang and Miu Miu.
On March 2, 2020, Casavant said it sent an invoice to Ye. Between March 2020 or around July 2020, Casavant said Ye paid rental fees for all 49 items and returned 36 to the archives. “Defendants (Ye) continued to pay weekly rental charges for the remaining 13 outstanding items… which Plaintiff (Casavant) billed weekly from March 2, 2020 to October 29, 2020, pursuant to the original terms,” reads the court case. .
Casavant then alleges that Ye stopped paying altogether while keeping all 13 items outstanding from October 30, 2020 until the lawsuit was filed. “Defendants failed to respond meaningfully to Plaintiff’s numerous inquiries regarding Defendants’ outstanding balance and missing items, referring Plaintiff to persons without knowledge or authority to resolve the dispute, or advising Plaintiff to send inquiries to inactive email accounts,” the lawsuit said.
The Casavant archives, which claim in the lawsuit that they also rent to Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Tom Brady, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney, said those unpaid fees now total $221,810 – and Ye must pay $195. additional $100 to replace the items if completely lost. Bringing the grand total to $416,910.
The filing says the group has had a productive relationship with Ye since 2014, when the Archive began leasing parts to Yeezy Apparel LLC as well as the artist himself. Ye regularly extended the rental of certain items and continued to pay a monthly fee, and when an item was sometimes lost, Yeezy was charged for the replacement.
Now, Casavant is seeking total damages plus interest, attorneys’ fees, the cost of the lawsuits, and “any other legal and equitable relief that the Court deems just and proper,” the suit concluded.
Neither Ye nor his representatives have commented yet. FN has reached out to both parties for comment and has not heard back at the time of this publication.
This news follows news in November where Ye’s brand Yeezy agreed to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit over shipping delays on products ordered online. According to civil suit reports, Los Angeles County Attorney George Gascón and other attorneys alleged that Ye’s brand violated a state commercial code that requires products ordered online to be shipped. within 30 days. According to the code, if items are not shipped within that time frame, a business must provide a refund, credit the account, send written notice of the delay, or offer a replacement product of similar quality.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Randolph M. Hammock signed the settlement judgment Nov. 3. and $25,000 in investigative costs for each of the four district attorneys’ offices.