Kanye?s Second Coming: Inside The Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire

Kanye?s Second Coming: Inside The Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire
19 wrz 2019 - 15:16:21
Kanye?s Second Coming: Inside The Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire

You know when Kanye West is coming. His matte-black Lamborghini SUV rumbles up his gated driveway on the outskirts of Los Angeles like an earthquake, and when he steps out, in a white T-shirt and dark sweats, the obsessiveness kicks in immediately.

First, there?s the house: The lushly landscaped exterior of the property he shares with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and their four children (North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm) serves as stark contrast to the unadorned alabaster walls within. Nearly every surface is a monastic shade of white. The floors are made of a special Belgian plaster; if scuffed, the delicate material can be repaired only by a crew flown in from Europe. ?The house was all him,? Kardashian West later tells me. ?I?ve never seen anyone that pays such attention to detail.?

As I step into the foyer, a handler asks me to wrap my black-and-gray Air Jordan high-tops in little cloth booties. To my left is West?s library, its shelves stacked with the likes of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics. He fiddles with the positioning of a few books that seem off-kilter. Settling into an armchair opposite me, he surveys his interviewer closely. ?The first shoe I remember sketching was the Jordan One that you?re wearing right now,? says West, 42. ?God does have a way of lining things up.?

West?s precision turned him into one of the world?s most popular musicians. ?He went and executed it to another level,? says DJ Khaled, who has spent time with West in the studio and joins him on this year?s Celebrity 100 list of the world?s highest-paid entertainers. But as with Michael Jordan in the 1990s, the key to West?s wealth stems from sneakers. His Yeezy shoe line, which he launched with Nike in 2009 and then brought to Adidas in 2013, has the 34-year-old Jordan empire in its sights, in terms of both cultural clout and commercial prowess. The Jordan line does approximately $3 billion in annual sales; West?s upstart is expected to top $1.5 billion in 2019 and growing.

As with the floor and the booties and the book positions, West fixates over sneaker details; he idolizes Steve Jobs, preferring a limited, carefully chosen number of products with an endless array of colorways. The iPod in West?s world: the ubiquitous, chunky-bottomed Yeezy Boost 350s, which come in dozens of varieties of the same shoe and account for the bulk of Yeezy?s sales. ?I am a product guy at my core,? West says. ?To make products that make people feel an immense amount of joy and solve issues and problems in their life, that?s the problem-solving that I love to do.?

he obsessiveness is unrelenting. When Forbes shot West for a possible cover, he insisted on wearing a black hoodie. Urged to return the next day to try again, West obliged?wearing the same hoodie. He?s been known to edit albums days after they?ve already been released. And when he didn?t feel I was properly absorbing the religious influence on his business (coming from the guy who calls himself Yeezus and is working on an album tentatively titled Yandhi), he called my editor impromptu on a Saturday evening to hammer the point some more.

Whatever, it?s working. Mostly because of the shoes, Forbes pegs his pretax income at $150 million over the past 12 months; his team insists the number is even higher, partly due to his Yeezy apparel. In any case, it?s by far the best stretch of his career, good for No. 3 on our Celebrity 100 list.get Cheap Yeezy 350 Static,more order with big discount



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