In late January, TMZ had reported that Kanye West and his sneaker and apparel empire YEEZY was sued by Japanese company Toki Sen-I after not paying for a large order of fleece fabric in 2018. According to the report the Ye’ brand ordered 53,500 yards and at $10.81 per yard, it is claimed that over $624,000 is owed. Shortly after the report was published The Fashion Law released an article stating details from the complaint.
According to the complaint, Yeezy Apparel is “a mere shell and sham without capital, assets, membership interests, or members other than Kanye … intended, conceived [of], and used by Kanye as a device to avoid individual liability.”
Toki Sen-I had worked with adidas and Yeezy since 2015 and while the order was “unusually large” the company agreed. To fulfil the order, Toki Sen-I Co claims that it immediately “contracted with a mill and began a large scale production” before the brand cancelled the order.
Safe to say, things have gotten pretty ugly since. In a recent hearing Kanye has claimed that the company never delivered the product, so therefore were not paid. West’s team has said, “Plaintiff (Toki Sen-I Co.) never delivered the allegedly contracted- for product, and Yeezy Apparel allegedly did not pay the full price for that undelivered product. Despite being a basic business dispute between companies, Plaintiff needlessly inflates this case into a 4-count complaint under both tort and contract theories, baselessly including the celebrity member of Yeezy Apparel (referring to himself).”
The legal team from West suggested dismissing all claims against the defendant, however new court documents have surface suggesting the judge ruled against it.
The case will now officially go to trial on May 11, 2020, with an expected duration time of four to five days.