Jay Z and Barney’s collaboration moves in a more charitable direction as CEOs of Barney’s, Al Sharpton and the NAACP acknowledges the backlash against the pending racial profiling scandal last month. Jay Z took to his website Life + Times to discuss his standing on the collaborative deal:
“While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th.
The collection’s hat are made with lavish materials such as snake skin, suedes and leather compositions. The hats are priced at $695 each. View the collection of the hats in the gallery below + shop the collection here.
Terrell Johnson is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of SWGRUS.