West Lake

Kanye West recently announced he will be moving his Yeezy apparel line headquarters to Cody at his West Lake home.

Hip Hop artist and businessman Kanye West announced Thursday he will be relocating the headquarters of his billion-dollar shoe and clothing company, Adidas Yeezy, to Cody. The company is a collaboration between German sportswear brand Adidas and West.

He made the announcement during the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, while giving insight on a variety of different topics.

West said the headquarters will be located at his more than 4,000 acre West Lake. The property just south of Cody was formerly known as Monster Lake Ranch.

It is not clear at this point whether any Yeezy manufacturing will be moved to Cody as well, but West did express his intention to move manufacturing to the United States in the near future.

West, who considers his brand “the Apple (computers) of apparel,” emphasizes the avant garde fashion styles presented in the company lineup. His products are generally upscale, garnering $120-$220 for his shoes, $600 for sweatpants and $3,000 for jackets on average.

According to Forbes Magazine, Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales in 2019. As of 2018, Yeezy headquarters were located in Calabasas, Calif., where he owns a home with his wife Kim Kardashian.

“Cody is a great place to stay if you’re into working with a real, living, true and breathing founder that cares about humanity,” West said, referring to himself.

Last summer, West was building prototype “Star Wars” inspired dome-shaped homes on his Calabasas property. He said the homes were to provide homeless people and recently released prison inmates a place to live, in his effort to end class division.

But those structures were demolished in September after West refused to abide by L.A. County Department of Public Works building code. He said the agency further exacerbate the situation by alerting the media about it.

“Your dome is 10 feet too high boy,” he recounted being told by city staff. “10 feet on my own 300 acre property? And we could have handled it ... but you wanted to go to the press.”

In contrast, West mentioned one of his motivations for moving to Cody being that the, “building restrictions are way lax,” allowing him necessary creative opportunities.

“So we can think,” he said.

When asked if he intends to build structures for the same purpose in Cody, West deflected the question.

West said he plans to initiate a“seed-to-sew” operation at the ranch, creating sustainable clothing by farming hydroponic cotton, wheat and hemp that is grown and processed at the property. He said the company will utilize the hands-on approach to make the dyeing process less harmful to the environment.

“Our color is a big signature for the brand, but also dyeing is one of the main things impacting the planet,” West said.

A music video for his new song “Follow God” premiered on Thursday and it appears to have been shot at West Lake. At the end of the video, West makes the reference to “one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming” but it is unclear what other ranch property he is referring to in Cody.

West did recently buy the 6,713 acre Flitner ranch in the Big Horn Mountains near Shell. That property was on the market for $14.4 million, a similar asking price to what Monster Lake Ranch was running for.

He also recently bought commercial property at Mountain Equipment, which sits across the road from Fremont Motors on Big Horn Avenue.

During his presentation at the Innovation Festival, West said he plans to run for president in 2024, adding he will provide so many jobs by that point, “I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk,” for president.

Hip Hop artist and businessman Kanye West announced Thursday he will be relocating the headquarters of his billion-dollar shoe and clothing company, Yeezy, to Cody.

He made the announcement during the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, while giving insight on a variety of different topics.

West said the headquarters will be located at his more than 4,000 acre West Lake, recently officially confirmed he has purchased. The property just south of Cody was formerly known as Monster Lake Ranch.

It is not clear at this point whether any Yeezy manufacturing will be moved to Cody as well, but West did express his intention to move manufacturing to the United States in the near future.

According to Forbes Magazine, Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales in 2019. As of 2018, Yeezy headquarters were located in Calabasas, Calif., where he owns a home with his wife Kim Kardashian.

West, who considers his brand, "the Apple (computers) of apparel," emphasizes the avant garde fashion styles presented in the company lineup. 

During his presentation at the Innovation Festival, West also mentioned plans to run for president in 2024, adding he will provide so many jobs by that point, "I'm not going to run, I'm going to walk," for president.

(3) comments

Inspired-Momma

I know people may have mixed emotions about their family moving here, but I think it's potential for great opportunity in many facets. I write children's songs and I admire artists of any kind. No offense to Kim's sisters, but she has always seemed to be down to earth, straight-forward, witty, and funny. Khloe and Kourtney can be really funny too. Khloe is all about blunt honesty for the purpose of constructive critism. Too much Scott drama publicized so I hate that for Kourtney, but I want her and their children to be able to live a fulfilled life without being put down or bossed around. The Yeezy company being moved here could hold great opportunity. Hey, I mean I'd love to box clothes up for shipment. I listened to Kanye 10 years ago; a full decade. I look forward to witnessing his and Kim's growth since becoming parents. Wishing you all well always 💛

Rjack

Who would be stupid to let this man move to Cody. Can you see the traffic and TV crews all over the place. Here goes the nice quiet town. I'm not a resident but love Cody and it's people. I know money talks. But really Kayne West????

Jaxstastic

Any jobs created here will be great ! I know I need a part-time position that works with the job I need now so hopefully there is opportunity for people like me !

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