Barneys CEO Mark Lee apologized to Jay Z on Tuesday because the recent allegations of racial profiling leveled against Barneys have taken away from the work of Jay Z’s foundation.
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Shawn Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Carter,” Lee said, according to the NYPost.com website. “Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”
Jay Z revealed a partnership with Barneys titled “A New York Holiday” back in September. The line consists of limited edition pieces by high end fashion brands. The windows of the store will also feature interactive displays for the upcoming holiday season.
Lee has also apologized to both of the customers, Trayvon Christian and Kayla Phillips who were racially profiled and suspected of credit card fraud after making a purchase at the high end store.
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said today. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”
Lee made his statements today after meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem, New York headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold,” Lee said, as per nypost.com. “Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”
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