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Kanye West's been talking a lot lately about fast fashion and accessible price points, but if this intel from Esquire is accurate, West's Adidas collection is not that at all. Esquire and Highsnobiety report that Kanye West's Adidas hoodies and sweatshirts will retail for $430. Those Yeezy duck boots are $496.
Knitwear supposedly starts in the $800s and climb to $1,654, while outwear tops out at almost $4,000. A leather bag costs upwards of $800 and the most affordable item is the Yeezy 350 Boost at $210.
Esquire's John Hendrickson compares this to West's earlier collab with APC, writing: "It's strange news given that Adidas has long been considered a lifestyle or 'everyday' label, versus APC, which is far more of an aspirational brand. For comparison's sake, Kanye's APC army sweater was listed at $325."
High Snobiety explains away the high prices for Adidas products. "Underlining these steep prices, however, is absolutely top-notch quality that will give luxury houses a run for their money. Each piece is made in Italy at some of the world’s best factories, using only the finest materials.The leather is what you'd expect from a storied French house, while the technical fabrics featured in the collection could easily have been developed and used by urban fashion's leading forces," Brock Cardiner writes.