JAY Z has passed on the option of opting out of his Barneys New York collaboration due to the recent racial allegations hurled at the department store. Instead, the hip-hop vet has decided to face the issue "head on."
In a statement released Friday on his Life + Times website, he wrote:
"In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
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.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, [totaling] 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."
In a statement from Barneys, the department store said it has "zero tolerance for any form of discrimination" and maintains it will take "corrective action" should any procedures or practices take place that are not consistent with their policies.
Last month, two separate Black customers alleged they were racially profiled while purchasing high-end items at the store earlier this year.
JAY Z's special edition collection includes creations from Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owens and more.