Kylie & Kendall Jenner Accused Of Failing To Pay “Starving” Kendall + Kylie Garment Workers
In a report titled ‘Kylie, Kendall and Cardi B’s Unpaid Bills Have Left Garment Makers Starving’ by Remake, Kylie Jenner and her sister Kendall have been named as having failed to pay the factory workers who create garments for their ‘KENDALL + KYLIE’ fashion line. But the details are a liiiiitle tricky.
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First off, KENDALL + KYLIE – which was launched in 2016 – is said to be represented by Global Brands Group. The group have been quick to defend themselves after accusations levelled against them by Remake – an advocacy organization that addresses labour issues, working conditions, and environmental concerns in the fashion industry – lead to the reveal that they haven’t paid their workers for the garments that have were made in February and March. Instead, by way of explanation, CEO Rick Darling has said,
Given the unpredictability of the situation, our retail partners have cancelled orders, and existing inventory and product in production may have no sell-through. Consequently, we have no choice but to make the difficult decision to cancel all S/S 2020 orders from all suppliers (without liability).”
Now, according to a post up on their Instagram, Remake has reached out to the KENDALL + KYLIE brand only to be told that they “they do not have ‘current’ orders with Global Brands Group and will pursue legal action if [they] didn’t remove [their] posts and apologize”.
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/ Remake has always believed in providing a platform to advocate for vulnerable garment makers, who most often are Black and Brown women. ⠀ We launched our #PayUp campaign to hold fashion brands accountable during COVID-19 and to make sure that they pay factories for produced orders — without this payment, many of the women who make our clothes face homelessness and starvation. ⠀ On June 11, we shared with you that Global Brands Group (affiliated to KENDALL + KYLIE on their website up until TODAY), had refused to pay garment workers for orders produced in February + March following a drop in sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ⠀ ⠀ One day later, the KENDALL + KYLIE brand Instagram account shared their intent, to “better our industry and better each other” which was ironic given the lack of response or commitment to #PayUp. ⠀ Over the last week, others have amplified Kendall and Kylie’s lack of action (@diet_prada). As many look up to the sisters and brand, we expect for them to lead by example and stand behind their words that they support women. ⠀ Today, we received word from a KENDALL + KYLIE representative that they do not have “current” orders with Global Brands Group and will pursue legal action if we didn’t remove our posts and apologize. ⠀ 🤔 We ask: do KENDALL + KYLIE know who makes their label? And if the women have been paid during the crisis? ⠀ Until we receive clear answers from the team that KENDALL + KYLIE have proof they paid garment makers, we will not back down. ⠀ ⠀ If KENDALL + KYLIE really support women then why threaten legal action against a non-profit for women BY women and disable comments? ⠀ We invite them to dialogue w/ us to learn more about the women who bring their label to life. ⠀ — ⠀ Help us hold them accountable: ⠀ ‼️COMMENT on @kendallandkylie post + EMAIL 📧 [email protected] asking for answers ⠀ 📝 SIGN our @changedotorg petition (🔗 in bio) to demand brands #PayUP ⠀ ‼️ To KENDALL + KYLIE’s retail partners (@amazon, @amazonfashion, @ashleystewart, @asos, @bloomingdales, @lebscom, @macys, @neimanmarcus, @nordstrom, @revolve, @saks, @shopbop) why do you carry a brand that is not transparent + supportive of women?
Remake goes on to say that they are not backing down, calling into question the hypocrisy of the brand for sharing their intent to “better our industry and better each other” when they refuse to acknowledge or offer proof to refute Remake’s claims.
As many look up to the sisters and brand, we expect for them to lead by example and stand behind their words that they support women. […] We ask: do KENDALL + KYLIE know who makes their label? And if the women have been paid during the crisis? Until we receive clear answers from the team that KENDALL + KYLIE have proof they paid garment makers, we will not back down.”
Going back to KENDALL + KYLIE’s claim that they “do not have ‘current’ orders with Global Brands Group”, a separate Instagram – @diet_prada – has shared that the team at KENDALL + KYLIE have said that “the brand is owned by 3072541 Canada Inc., not GBG and [they] are not currently producing in Bangladesh using Global Brands Group.”
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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
As of the time of writing, KENDALL + KYLIE are no longer listed under the ‘Brands’ section of Global Brands Group on their website.
People are channelling their anger towards Kylie and Kendall, who are collectively worth a little under USD$945 million, for failing to address the issue. Instead, the Jenner sisters are focused on the launch of their new KENDALL X KYLIE makeup collection. Angry netizens have taken to commenting on the clothing brands Instagram profile to ask the high profile siblings to #PayUp.
This is in response to the #PayUp campaign, launched by Remake. After stating in its report that workers in Bangladesh and Los Angeles have lost their livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign goes on to name and shame various multi-million dollar brands (like the brand Cardi B recently collaborated with, Fashion Nova, as well as Forever 21, Gap, Levi Strauss & Co. and more) that have failed to pay suppliers for all orders that were cancelled or paused. In the aftermath of the pandemic, over $3 billion worth of products have not been paid for. It gives an example of how a factory in Los Angeles has left almost 50,000 immigrant women without any wage. The campaign was launched in March and now has over 85,000 signatures on Change.org.
Fans are finding fault with Kylie for refusing to talk about the issue and even, they claim, going as far as to remove comments on her Instagram pictures regarding the campaign.
Kylie Jenner turned off her ig comments once people started demanding she pay her Bangladeshi factory workers. She’s a self proclaimed “billionaire” and mother and is leaving her workers and their families to starve. Nice.
— ✿˙ ☆ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ (@rvcifer) June 22, 2020
Kylie Jenner is the perfect example of performative activism. Posting about BLM on her social media just to appease her fans. But behind the scenes her companies are unwilling to pay poor (mostly female) garment workers in Bangladesh. Make it make sense
— 🐉💫✨ (@shoecheetah) June 23, 2020
Kylie Jenner posting about BLM is hilarious cos at the same time she’s refusing to pay Bangladeshi workers for their labour? People and their selective morals 🤮🤢
— ~ (@f019_) June 23, 2020
Has being stripped of her billionaire status really hit her that hard? To backtrack, Kylie Jenner was once named ‘The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire’ by Forbes. The title was stripped after, earlier this year, Forbes found that Kylie allegedly forged tax documents to make herself appear richer. She denied the allegations of course, but the article titled ‘Inside Kylie Jenner’s Web of Lies – And Why’s She’s No Longer a Billionaire’ made a huge impact on her image. Well, it looks like 2020 is not going very well for Kylie. Here’s to hoping the real victims of the situation, the workers that have not been paid, are able to get their due.