Sales Of Jay Z’s Line Of Items For Barneys New York Tops $1M

January 6, 2014  |  

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After all of the controversy surrounding the launch of his special line of goods at Barneys New York, it looks like shoppers were eager to snap up anything they could get their hands on.

The New York Daily News reports that profits from the line of items exceeded $1 million. The line of goodies included a cashmere blanket, an alligator watch, and a cotton t-shirt, with some items priced in the thousands of dollars. Sale of the items ended on Friday.

After news exploded over allegations of racial profiling, Jay and Barneys agreed to donate all of the proceeds from the sale of the items to The Shawn Carter Foundation. In addition, Barneys pledged to donate 10 percent of sales from the first day the items were made available.  The foundation provides scholarships for aspiring college students.

There hasn’t been much development (as far as we can tell) since the last news that EURWeb reported about a plan for an internal council at the retailer to look over policies at the store and how it interacts with the New York Police Department. Jay also rapped on a Rick Ross track “The Devil is a Lie.”

But the issue is by no means dead. The lawsuits filed by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips seem to be proceeding (we’ve seen nothing to the contrary). And we have this story from TheGrio in which the lawyer from The National Action Network, Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization, discusses an incident at a New York wine and liquor store in which he thinks the rule about showing ID for credit card purchases wasn’t uniformly enforced. The clerk who waited on him (who was a young black man) and the store say that their customers are largely regulars and found no wrongdoing occurred.

Do you think things will change after all of the attention that has been focused on the issue of racial profiling?

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