Kendall and Kylie Jenner have released a statement after it was reported their fashion brand had failed to pay factory workers in Bangladesh amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The sisters shared a message on Thursday insisting Global Brands Group didn’t own the Kendall + Kylie brand after fashion watchdog Instagram account Diet Prada and ethical fashion website ReMake shared their investigation.
The Jenners posted on Instagram, “We would like to address the unfortunate and incorrect rumour that Global Brands Group owns the Kendall + Kylie brand and that we have neglected to pay factory workers in Bangladesh as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is untrue. The Kendall + Kylie brand is owned by 3072541 Canada Inc., not GBG,” the statement continued.
“The brand has worked with CAA-GBG in the past, in a sales and business development capacity only, but we do not currently have any relationship at all with GBG,” added the sisters.
“We know these are trying times for the fashion industry and garment workers as a whole, and we continue to support all of our partners working in factories who produce our products,” the message continued.
“We manufacture in countries all over the world and have not received any concerns from the factories who produce our goods,” it concluded.
ReMake, who have now updated their story to say they’d been contacted by the Jenners’ rep to say they’d be pursuing legal action if they didn’t take down the posts and apologize, claimed GBG hadn’t paid suppliers for orders dating back to February.
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REPOSTING because we couldn’t edit the original any further and y’all seemed to get a kick out of Kylie juxtaposed with “Former ‘billionaire’” lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’ve been contacted by reps from @kendallandkylie who’ve refuted the allegations that the brand is not paying its factories, as reported in multiple media outlets over the last week. They stated the following in an e-mail: “The brand is owned by 3072541 Canada Inc. not GBG and we are not currently producing in Bangladesh using Global Brands Group.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As of now, Global Brands Group still lists Kendall + Kylie under their “Brands” section on their website. It’s unclear at what point they may have changed licensees and manufacturers. A quick search of 3072541 Canada Inc. led to a closed business page, but searching in conjunction with “Kendall and Kylie” you’ll find ties to the brand. Some early press from 2015, and some 2018 legal filings from a lawsuit filed by a photographer against the sisters for using Tupac Shakur’s image—remember that? Never forget that they printed their own faces and logos over photos of deceased iconic musicians and tried to charge $125 for them lol, but anyways… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re awaiting comment from Mostafiz Uddin, a manufacturer for Global Brands who has been very vocal in the news the past week about his cancelled orders. Dieters, what are your thoughts? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • #kendallandkylie #kendallxkylie #kyliejenner #payup #kendalljenner #kylieskin #kyliecosmetics #highgloss #dietprada
“Do Kendall and Kylie know who their suppliers are? And can they confirm that the women who sew their clothing line have been paid during the coronavirus crisis?” Diet Prada wrote at the top of the post after sharing the latest legal threat.
“Until we receive clear answers from the Kendall + Kylie team and are given proof that they have paid garment makers, we will continue to investigate. We’ve also invited the Kendall + Kylie team to dialogue with us to learn more about the women who bring their label to life,” the post added.
The report claimed P. Diddy’s Sean Jean line was also owned by GBG. Kendall + Kylie appear to have now been taken off the GBG’s “Brands” section on their official website.
ET Canada has contacted GBG for comment.