In light of the founder of A.P.C., Jean Touitou, using the n-word during his Paris fashion show this past week, Timberland has released a statement regarding their relationship with the company.
The show was to debut the collaboration between both fashion brands, and now Timberland’s President, Stewart Whitney, is revealing that they have cut all ties with A.P.C.
The President wrote in a statement:
Yesterday we became aware of the offensive remarks made by Jean Touitou during his A.P.C. Fall Menswear show in Paris. We have chosen to immediately terminate our involvement with the A.P.C. brand, including the footwear collaboration we had planned for this fall.
Simply stated, this kind of language and approach is in complete contrast with our values. Timberland seeks to collaborate with designers and brands who are at the forefront of lifestyle trends; equally important, they must also share our values. We will not tolerate offensive language or racial slurs of any kind being associated with the Timberland brand.
Despite the termination between the brands, Kanye West has spoken out in defense of Touitou, as they are good friends and have done a lot of work together.
What do you guys make of Timberland terminating their relationship with A.P.C?