Kanye's got some 'splainin to do.
Kanye West recently launched a gang of Life of Pablo pop up shops. The rapper created the 21 temporary shops to sell merchandise surrounding his latest album, The Life of Pablo. Stores have been popping up in cities across the world. From Houston to Boston to London, fans have stormed store fronts, waiting in line for hours to purchase t-shirts, baseball caps, jackets and much more. Fans everywhere rushed to their perspective pop-up store in hopes of purchasing some dope merch. But once they did, they were straight up pissed.
Fans Rack Up
Toronto residents Arun Vasanthakumar, 18, and Edwin Nguyen, 19, waited hours to get into their city’s pop-up shot. 14 hours, to be exact. Once they were done shopping, their totals came to $980 and $740. Most of the merch at the Toronto location was labelled “Toronto,” but special, expensive merchandise included a long-sleeved t-shirt that read, “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye” for $90, a black, satin bomber with the word “Pablo” written on the back for $345 and an orange sweatshirt with “Perfect” on the back for $125.
The two teens spent hundreds of dollars with no shame. Vasanthakumar basically told The Toronto Sun that Kanye is worth it. “Everything he does is golden,” he said. You’re probably wondering about the part where the fans get pissed. Well, here we go..
Fans Get Duped
Kanye’s merchandise is manufactured by Gildan, an overseas company. The Sun describes the quality of the items as “about the same level of quality as the freebies the Raptors were giving away during the playoffs.” So, the clothes that fans bought weren’t nice, soft and felt great against your skin. No. According to the newspaper, they were pretty much “a rough blend of cotton and polyester.”
One fan was pissed when he realized his $92 shirt was as much as $2.50. Other fans were just as furious and some actually went on social media to blast the rapper for selling cheap clothes…
Fans Get Pissed
A fan left a London store an angry customer.
“I queued up for hours to get in to Kanye’s shop and I was so excited to get one of the limited edition London T-shirts. However, I’m not so excited about my purchase now I know it’s basically a cheap T-shirt with a print. I’m gutted, to be honest,” the fan told The Sun.
Another fan was bold enough to go on social media and voice their frustration. “We are here, pissed the #KanyeWest #pablo Clothing is cheap fabric, what a rip off, wasted time,” the fan tweeted.
If this had made you think twice about purchasing clothes from Ye’s pop-up shop, wait until you read what fans have been doing with the merchandise at the stores…