All Kanye West Collaborations You Need To Know

Kanye West Collaborations Pablo Yeezy

Kanye West’s Collaborations : From Nike to Louis Vuitton, APC to Yeezy

Kanye West collaborations now build up such excitement that fans queued up outside his East London pop-up shop for 15 hours in order to secure  the chance of getting their hands on the limited-edition merchandise. The Old Street pop-up shop is the first Kanye West pop-up to hit the UK, but it is just one location of 21 worldwide that opened Friday 19, August. All the merchandise is attached to his newest  album The Life of Pablo.

The success of his two day pop-up on Wooster Street in NYC back in March fuelled Kanye West’s global takeover. Drawing large crowds again, he’s selling hoodies, jackets and t-shirts with the lyrics from his album The Life of Pablo.

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Kanye West’s merchandise is separate from his Yeezy label with Adidas. In June, Kanye West secured a long-term collaboration with Adidas to secure Adidas as a “Yeezy branded entity,” making it the largest partnership with a non-athlete. The new alliance will expand from streetwear to performance athletic wear. West will be showing the Yeezy Season 4 Collection on September 7, 2016 at New York Fashion Week.

While Adidas may get a lot of buzz right now, this is not the only fashion brand Kanye West’s name has been tied to nor is it his first high-demand sneaker collaboration. He’s partnered with several fashion houses – NIKE, A.P.C and Louis Vuitton – that all proved to be stepping stones towards launching Yeezy with creative director, Virgil Abloh.

We revisit some of Kayne West’s fashion collaborations:

Adidas x Kayne West for Yeezy

Kayne West presented his first collection with Adidas for Yeezy Season 1, in February 2015. Following it’s success the collaboration continued, his Yeezy Boost 350 and 750 selling within hours. The Adidas + Kayne West partnership for Yeezy will be expanding to athletic wear coming into Yeezy Season 4.

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Yeezy AW16

Nike x Kayne West 

In 2006 West created the very limited ‘College Dropout’ Nike Air Max 180’s. Then at the Grammys in 2008, he the Air Yeezy 1 in a purple and orange colour. In April 2009, Nike introduced the Air Yeezy one to retail in three colour ways in limited quantities in. By June 2012, West was back at it. He introduced the Air Yeezy 2 – a pair similar to the sample style he wore on the Watch The Throne Tour  – it came two Colorways, “Platinum” and “Black Solar Red.” In that time he created number of samples that never went into production.

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‘College Dropout’ Nike Air Max 180’s
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Nike Air Yeezy 1

A.P.C  x Kayne West 

Kanye West collaborations continued with designer Jean Touitou. The nine piece capsule collection sold out instantly, crashing A.P.C’s website. He produced a second collaboration the year later with APC, but this time entire looks including park coats and and cargo pants and knits.

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Kayne West x APC collaborations

Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Collaboration

Kanye West’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton was featured AW 2009. He produced three styles of sneaker but Louis Vuitton featured the all-red colorway known as Don.

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louis vuitton don red kanye west collaboration

Vanessa Beecroft x Kanye West Collaboration

West has collaborated with Vanessa Beecroft since 2008, first on album artwork but then she worked with him on the debut of Yeezy. She’s choreographed everything from his tours to his Yeezy NYFW presentations.

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Vanessa Beecroft Choreography Yeezy Show

A Bathing Ape x Kanye West Collaboration

Kanye West designed a ‘Dropout Bear’ Bapesta trainer in 2007 for A Bathing Ape.

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A Bathing Ape Collaboration

Virgil Abloh for Yeezy

Kanye West supported Virgil Abloh’s label Pyrex Vision. West later hired Virgil straight out of college to be the creative director of his Yeezy brand. He flies all over the world and communicates with Kayne in LA. He killed his label Pyrex Vision and launched he own streetwear label, Off-White.

Design duo of CMMN SWDN for Yeezy 

Saif Bakir and Emma Headlund worked with Virgil Abloh for Kanye West. We learned in our recent interview with the designers that it was setting up Kayne West’s Yeezy label that inspired them to launch their own label CMMN SWDN in 2012. On the topic of Yeezy, Bakir told us, “We could work for hours at end creating, designing and then re-designing the collection to perfection.”

Unmarketed Collaborations

Kanye West revealed on Los Angeles-based 97.1 Amp Radio that he had worked on sneakers for high-end fashion labels without previously taking any credit. “I designed the [Giuseppe] Zanotti sneakers and people don’t know that. I designed Balmain sneakers and people don’t know that,” he said. Now they do.


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kayne west collaboration zanotti balmain