NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he’s breaking apart with the Hole.

An legal professional for Kanye West, who goes by Ye, instructed The Related Press {that a} letter has been despatched to the clothes chain Thursday looking for to terminate the contract between Hole and West’s firm, Yeezy.

The conflict comes a little bit over a yr after Yeezy’s first merchandise— a blue puffer jacket — appeared in Hole shops. The deal was introduced in June 2020.

Within the letter that West’s lawyer shared with The AP on Thursday, it mentioned that Hole failed to satisfy obligations within the pact, together with distributing merchandise to Hole retailer places and creating devoted YZY Hole shops.

“Hole left Ye no selection however to terminate their collaboration settlement due to Hole’s substantial noncompliance,” mentioned Nicholas Gravante, West’s legal professional with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, in an emailed assertion to the AP. “Ye had diligently tried to work via these points with Hole each straight and thru counsel. He has gotten nowhere.”

Gravante mentioned that Hole’s failure to adjust to the phrases of the contract has been pricey. He mentioned West plans to start opening Yeezy retail shops.

West has unleashed criticism on social media towards Hole in addition to Adidas AG the place he has the same deal. Adidas declined to remark. Hole didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Thursday.

The San Francisco retailer had been hoping the partnership with West would resonate with prospects in a interval of declining gross sales. For Yeezy, being in additional than 1,100 Hole shops worldwide would have put his model in entrance of extra folks.

West has had a historical past with Hole. He labored at one in every of its shops in Chicago as a youngster. And he instructed Vainness Truthful journal again in 2015 that he needed to be artistic director for the model.

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