Kanye West‘s Padawan, stylist and fashionista Ian Connor, says his signature shoe design got jacked and now a company is producing knockoffs of his footwear.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Connor’s company, Revenge X Storm, sued Dragon Crowd Garment for profiting off the alleged “counterfeit products.”
The suit explains that Connor is the self-proclaimed “King of Youth,” who is at the “forefront of the fashion industry, and known for styling celebrities” like Wiz Khalifa and Kylie Jenner. Kylie actually promoted his shoes to her millions of followers.
He claims to have launched his line of “high-end footwear” back in 2016 and received the proper trademark paperwork.
Connor’s company explains shortly after the launch, the products sold out and have since achieved immense popularity and notoriety. The shoes have generated millions of dollars in sales, “have received a significant amount of buzz, particularly among sneaker aficionados; and have been featured, among other places, on numerous fashion blogs and websites, such as Hypebeast, among others.”
Revenge X Storm says they learned in Spring 2018 that Dragon Crowd Garment, which is one of the largest privately-held manufacturers in China, was selling counterfeit products.
They are suing seeking an injunction against the defendants from continuing to sell their knock off products and $2 million dollars per infringement.
Connor has long worked with Kanye on his Yeezy line, but took a short-lived hit in the fashion industry after being accused of rape by multiple women. Since then, Connor has reconnected with Ye, and even modeled for Yeezy in August of this year.
He has denied all of the accusations of sexual misconduct, and has yet to be criminally charged for the allegations.