Kanye West escorted out of the Sketchers office
Skechers USA Inc SKX.N said Wednesday its executives escorted Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, from a Los Angeles headquarters after the rapper and fashion designer « showed up at the ‘uninvited and uninvited’.
The shoemaker « does not intend to work with West, » he said in a statement.
Skechers’ comments come a day after sportswear brand Adidas AG ADSGn.DE ended its partnership with West, following a series of anti-Semitic comments from the celebrity.
“We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not condone anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech,” Skechers said.
Reuters was unable to immediately contact Ye’s representatives for comment.
Apparel company Gap Inc GPS.N, which ended its partnership with West in September, is also taking immediate action to remove Yeezy Gap products from its stores and shut down YeezyGap.com.
Shares of California-based Skechers rose nearly 1% in extended trading, after closing nearly 10% on Wednesday.
The company on Tuesday forecast current-quarter sales below Wall Street estimates after missing third-quarter profit expectations, due to rising operating costs and a currency impact.
(Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)