Kendall and Kylie Jenner Face Backlash for Allegedly Refusing to Pay Bangladeshi Factory Workers

Jenner sisters Kendall and Kylie refuted allegations of failing to compensate a factory in Bangladesh that produces garments for their joint fashion line, Kendall + Kylie.

The claims came to light in a now-deleted post by fashion watchdog Diet Prada, which also cited efforts of a nonprofit that identified a company allegedly running the sisters’ brand.

Remake, which lobbies to make celebrities and companies in the same business “#PayUp,” claimed that Global Brands Group (GBG) owns Kendall + Kylie. Due to a drop in sales from the COVID-19 pandemic, the company reportedly refused to pay workers for orders completed in February and March.

“It’s no secret that COVID-19 has hit people of color the hardest,” Remake posted on June 1. “In the context of fashion, brands and retailers have en masse canceled produced and in production orders dating as far back as February, evoking the force majeure contract clause to leave them scot-free and without any liability to suppliers. As a result, factories are facing a severe liquidity crunch, with the women who make our clothes placed in the most vulnerable situation. No longer receiving pay, despite having already done the work, these women are quite literally at risk of starving to death.”

Representatives for the Jenner sisters denied the allegations in a statement to Diet Prada, noting that Kendall + Kylie does not produce in Bangladesh. They also pointed out that the brand is not owned by GBG, but by 3072541 Canada Inc.

Canada Inc. and GBG, however, worked together “several years” ago. “Canada Inc. worked with them in a sales capacity for Europe and South America for sales only,” a representative for Kylie told Teen Vogue.

 

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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

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Kendall + Kylie remained under GBG’s list of “kids” brands until June 23. A GBG representative then confirmed that the company “does not design or manufacture any product for Kendall + Kylie.”

Despite the new information, Remake still seeks answers from Kendall + Kylie. They want to confirm that the brand had paid workers who produced their items amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Kendall + Kylie listed under Global Brands Group’s “Kids” brands. Image via @diet_prada

“Today, we received word from a KENDALL + KYLIE representative that the label does not have ‘current’ orders with Global Brands Group and will pursue legal action if we didn’t remove our posts and apologize,” Remake wrote in an update. 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. We invite them to dialogue w/ us to learn more about the women who bring their label to life.

 

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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 info@kendall-kylie.com 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?

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As of this writing, Instagram users have continued calling out the Jenner sisters to make them pay for their alleged debts. Some also accused them of deleting and/or blocking such comments.

Feature Image via Kendall + Kylie

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