Barneys Cancels Launch Party For Jay Z’s Holiday Collection

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Although it was announced on Friday that plans for Jay Z would be moving forward with his planned holiday collection at Barneys New York amidst calls for the rapper to drop his affiliation with the store, it seems as if the scheduled launch party for the collaboration has been cancelled.

Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that a fundraiser for The Shawn Carter Foundation scheduled for Wednesday night night, was cancelled this afternoon. An official public statement by Barneys New York has not been issued but WWD reports that there could be a statement released sometime this afternoon.

The party’s cancellation comes after a wave of public backlash regarding two separate incidents of alleged racial profiling occurred at the company’s flagship store in New York. Jay Z—who has been preparing to release his BNY SCC Gallery and Collection with Barneys—has come under fire recently for his continued association with the company. On Friday, a press statement released on his Life + Times blog announced that the collection is going forward but now with 100% of the proceeds from retail going to The Shawn Carter Foundation. The press release also announced that the Brooklyn rapper will be undertaking a “leadership role” on a specially convened council formed to address racial profiling with the company.

XXL has attempted to contact Barneys New York for further information but thus far have not heard back from the company.

[Via Women's Wear Daily]

  • Joey M.

    Good For Barney’s / Macy’s!!!

    I, and Many, Many Others are sick and tired of the immediate reflex of most black people to pull “The Racial Card” anytime something doesn’t go their way or to their benefit!

    If Anything wrong appears to be happening on a store floor or (For That Matter) in the world people should NOT be afraid or hesitant to speak up Regardless Of The Race! It’s this fear of speaking up and being labeled a “Racist” (Whatever The Race) that has been slowly crumbling this “”"”Melting Pot”"”" of a country!

    I’m sending a big “Piss Off” to those that have used, or are attempting to use, the racial issue in hopes of defaming or “cashing in” on any company or individual for their own benefit! THIS is the type of behavior that should be ILLEGAL!

    By the way… I’m A Democrat. 8-).

    • Icon KAin

      You Sound Racist. Are U White. Sound like u are. and for a country as confused as America is. there is a black history month but not a white history month. Now act like u don’t understand why. And for the most part racial profiling is still going on today. Everybody can’t be wrong.