Fashion nerds flew into a frenzy on Monday, claiming that Kim Kardashian had ripped off ultra chic designers Rei Kawakubo and Demna Gvasalia for her children’s line, Kids Supply.
But Page Six is told that the pieces in question were intended as an “homage” to the designers and that they had always intended to donate the profits from those items to charity because they’re “using another designer’s work.”
Instagram account Diet Prada — which keeps tabs on fashion copycats — posted a message at Kardashian saying, “Just when we thought you may have rocked the glitter better than Bey, you had to go and rip an extremely limited edition @commedesgarcons x Kosho & Co souvenir jacket for your @thekidssupplyline AND that one-of-a-kind custom sequin @vetements_official dress made specially for North. Great message for the little ones!”
In an album mockingly entitled “Kim des Garcons,” they posted a picture of the original Comme des Garçons jacket — designed by Kawakubo — with an eagle and the words, “Live Free With Strong Will” printed on it, as well as a picture of Kardashian in a sequined gown designed by Gvasalia and holding hands with daughter North, who is wearing miniature version of the same dress.
We’re told that the child-size replicas of the dress and the jacket were made for Kardashian’s kids, North and Saint, and then eventually reproduced as the “Rei bomber” and the “Demna dress” to be sold for Kids Supply. The names of the pieces were intended as a nod to the designers who inspired the pieces.
A rep for Kids Supply told us, “The idea behind Kids Supply is to give people the opportunity to purchase things that would never be available for children otherwise. We decided to release the Demna dress after making one on our own for North because it got such a great reaction and an overflow of people wanting it for their own children. We named it the Demna dress to pay homage to him as it was one of Kim and North’s favorite mommy and me moments.”
They added, “The Rei jacket was a mixture of some our favorite souvenir jacket art. We have been collecting for years and have archive of them. We named it the Rei Jacket out of the utmost respect for her.”
We’re told that 100% of the proceeds from both pieces will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
This article originally appeared in Page Six.