From the second that allegations of racism and sexual harassment by Topshop proprietor Sir Philip Inexperienced arose in October, hypothesis round Inexperienced’s involvement in Beyoncé’s Ivy Park line started to percolate. Since its launch in 2016, the favored athleisure label has been a fifty-fifty partnership between Beyoncé’s firm, Parkwood, and Inexperienced’s Arcadia Group—however the star put an finish to that at present, along with her firm saying that it has purchased out the British businessman’s shares, successfully ending their skilled relationship. In a press release launched to the Monetary Occasions this afternoon, it was made clear that after yearlong discussions, the Ivy Park model had been absolutely acquired by Parkwood. Although it was famous that Topshop “will fulfill the present orders,” the underlying message of the missive was unequivocal: Ivy Park is underneath new administration.
Whereas the deal seems to have been set in movement previous to the Inexperienced scandal, it’s no much less of an influence transfer. Beyoncé’s success as a vogue entrepreneur rivals her accomplishments in music, and chopping ties with Inexperienced is about extra than simply enterprise. Accused of bullying his staff, belittling girls, making derogatory feedback about minorities, after which making an attempt to suppress information reviews by way of an injunction, Inexperienced and his alleged actions are actually at odds with every thing Beyoncé and her model have come to face for. (Inexperienced has denied the claims.) Feminism and the empowerment of ladies of coloration have been a core a part of Ivy Park’s message from the start. From selecting activist spokespeople reminiscent of Laverne Cox and Yara Shahidi to donating gear to the nonprofit Determine Skating in Harlem and group outreach initiatives, the singer has based her label on socially acutely aware values.
Beyoncé definitely understands the significance of aligning with the appropriate individuals. Two years in the past, on the heels of profitable collaborations with celebrities together with Kate Moss and a slew of British designers—Marques’Almeida, Preen, and Mary Katrantzou simply to call a number of—Topshop made for a great companion. Nonetheless, with Inexperienced’s alleged misconduct now entrance and middle within the #MeToo highlight, a contemporary begin feels mandatory. Certainly, Ivy Park’s subsequent chapter is poised to be greater, higher, and extra aligned with the pursuits of its clients.