After two African-Americans were racially profiled by Barney’s New York in Manhattan. Let’s track back… Trayvon Christian, 19, said he was held in April after buying a $349 designer belt. Kayla Phillips, 21, said she was accused of credit card fraud in February after she bought a $2,500 handbag.
Now, the CEO of Barney’s, Mark Lee, has issued an apology to rapper Jay Z and to the individuals who faced discrimination after shopping in the store. Lee also sat down with Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Headquarters in New York to discuss the issue.
Here what the statement reads (via NYPost):
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter. Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.
I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold. Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”
The company and NYPD is still facing major lawsuits which was filed by both Phillips and Christian.
Lee said on Tuesday his company has a “zero tolerance” discrimination policy and didn’t single out Phillips or Christian.
“Our preliminary investigation has concluded that, in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases,” he added.
The NYPOST reports:
Lee said he is aware that state Attorney General is investigating claims of profiling at Macy’s after two men – including HBO actor Rob Brown – claimed the venerable New York store singled them out for questioning about purchases because they are black.
“We’re going to cooperate fully,” Lee said of the AG’s probe.
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Jay Z on Saturday released a statement saying he “isn’t making a dime” off his Barneys partnership, and shouldn’t be bashed for their ongoing racial woes.”
Plus, on November 29th, the hip-hop mogul will be launching his first GOLD men’s cologne at specialty department stores throughout the U.S.
According to reports, the fragrance, created in collaboration with Firmenich perfumer Ilias Ermenidis, will be packaged in a gold-topped white bottle and coordinating box. The cap features engraved terms that inspired Hov in the making of the cologne, including “Power”, “Pride”, “Confidence”, “Strength”, “Success”, and “Courage”.
The collection also features three different sized bottles ranging from $39 to $70, with plans for a deodorant and shower gel to accompany the original fragrance.
Hov reportedly rejected 3,200 names before settling on the one that was just right. He picked up one of the bottles saying, “This is the sh*t, it’s gold.”
While an international rollout is being planned for 2014, Barney’s New York will be the FIRST to sell the fragrance starting Nov. 20th. Just in time for BLACK FRIDAY!