Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life and that Fab Brain



I bought a Nook last week from Barnes and Noble. I hadn't read anything for leisure in forever and for the past couple of months, I've been determined to start doing so again. Before I even got the thing, I had already decided that the first ebook that I'd buy would be Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It by Kimora Lee Simmons. The book's been out nearly 5 years, but so what? The Bible's been out for longer than that and somewhere, at this very instant, someone's reading it for the first time ever. If a book has something valuable inside, it doesn't matter when it's first read.

I finally finished reading the book last night and yet again, I'm blown away by Kimora's insight, sense of humor and humility (alongside some seemingly unshakeable confidence). The hilarious stories and quips paired with chunks of wisdom throughout the book shatter all of the depictions of her in the media. What's even more remarkable is that the book was published nearly 5 years ago, which means most of it was probably written when Kimora was 29, 30, maybe 31 years old, yet, most of it sounds as though I were listening to the 35 year old Kimora speaking. And, you can absolutely hear her voice in the book. That's one of the things that make it such a great read.

So, in case you were too lazy to click the link at Barnes and Noble, real quick, here's what the book is about. It's a women's empowerment, soul feeding, fashion how-to, with a roadmap on how to navigate corporate America tossed in. It's awesome and the stories about her own life and how she uses the suggestions that she offers make it a truly rich experience.

It's important to note that Kimora was still firmly planted in Kellwood soil when the book was published, so she talks a lot about Baby Phat and what it took to get that company up and running and to make it so successful. Ironically, she writes in one chapter:
Putting myself in the ads was a powerful way of claiming ownership of my work. I am the image of the company because it's my lifestyle that women around the world are wearing. It's my life! So, if you get some other guy to try and go in and oversee the collection tomorrow, honey, good luck. Because what the customer is looking for is a Bentley and a fur jacket, and they're looking for Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, and that's what they get from me...
When I read that in the book, I had a damn good laugh because I'm fairly certain that Kellwood is catching absolute hell trying to get a handle on the brand since their cowardly dismissal of Kimora back in August.

Throughout the book, she talks about how, for sure, she enjoys the luxury that she's able to afford in her life, but also how she's not this brain-dead hoarder of goods, as so many have tried to portray her. She writes:
And, that's what's so funny about me. It's not about the Bentleys and stuff. You can take it all away. You can shove it up your you-know-what! Have it, take it, I don't care!
Ha! Does anybody need a translation? She continues on to talk about how she doesn't really care about how they portray her, writing:
When you're focused on the audience you care about, you have to also have the discipline not to take the input of other groups outside that audience too seriously.
That makes sense and as she mentions, that applies in so many areas of life. Only focus on those people and those things that matter and life is so much less stressful.

I could go on and on and on about this book, but you just have to take my word that it's uplifting, inspiring, hilarious and eye-opening. While I think the book was intended to be an aide to other women, I think that it does a great job of shedding light on who Kimora Lee Simmons really is, aside from the headlines. While I wish that I'd read the book before now, I'm also glad that I did since all of that bullshit with Kellwood happened. It really puts things even more into perspective about just how much of herself Kimora gave to Phat Fashions, especially towards making Baby Phat the internationally loved brand that it is.

She didn't deserve what Kellwood did to her and I'm even more convinced of that after reading the book than I was before. I won't lay off the bastards until they are done. No respect? No dollars. Check out Kimora's website, www.kls.com for ways to support her post-Baby Phat efforts and read the book! Especially if you have an eReader. Download a copy and get to readin'! --Sugar

Fans Fight Back

Attention

I don't have Dish Network, but this still isn't worth a damn. Apparently, they are planning to drop E! and Style Networks from their channel lineup as of January FIRST. This would mean that any fans of shows like Kimora's Life in the Fab Lane, of which Boycott Baby Phat is a huge fan, would be cut off from all of that television goodness.

So, a great website with a number of ways to let Dish know that you aren't having it, was launched to let "Fans Fight Back". Check it out and do it QUICKLY! --Sugar

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baby Who?


See the title of this blog post? That's what I'm aiming for in this boycott of Baby Phat--for people to utter those words in the near future when asked about Baby Phat. I want them to say, "Baby who?" As in, never heard of em. Wouldn't buy anything from them. Didn't know they existed and don't care if they do. F*ck em.

I scour Kimora Lee Simmons's Twitter timeline daily to see if she's had to yet again inform one of her supporters that she's no longer with Baby Phat so I can then send them here, breaking the news to them about why she is no longer with them. It is such a seemingly never-ending task because Kimora had soooo many supporters and most of them purchased Baby Phat not only because they appreciated the passion she put into the designs, with all women in mind, but also because she makes herself so available to them. Still, over three months since Kellwood showed her the door in such a disrespectful manner, people are still just learning about this and their reaction is always the same, "F*ck Kellwood. I'm not buying Baby Phat or Phat Farm anymore." This will continue.

As I've stated here before, it may take a year to fully spread this information, but it is a task that I am committed to. I've been extremely busy at my job so it's been tough to update this blog regularly, but I'm doing my best to stay on it via Twitter.

I've said it once and I'll say it for an 80th time, DO NOT BUY ANY BABY PHAT OR PHAT FARM CLOTHING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!!! We HAVE to make them feel it or they'll think they can just keep treating not only women of color this way, but the customer base of this and other brands. It's disrespectful what Kellwood did and I'm not going to just sit back and say, ho hum. F*ck that! No respect, no dollars. Support Kimora by purchasing her fragrances, which are fabulous and will make wonderful holiday gifts and by visiting her website, http://www.kls.com/ regularly to see what's new. --Sugar

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Congratulations to the New KLS Gold Models!


Here they are!!! The new faces of Kimora Lee Simmons's KLS Gold Skin Care line. Don't hate, because the competition was as open and as simple as any (see how a couple posts below)! And, it was innovative, using social media and the web to give everyone a chance to get their "big break". See how diverse the group is? And, they all look amazing!

Despite all of the crap she's had to deal with this year from Kellwood Company and their shady dismissal of her as Creative Director of Phat Fashions, Kimora is really showing what it means to "keep it moving". She's preparing to launch this new skin care line, she's working on beefing up her own clothing line and she's actively looking at ways to expand her empire. That's admirable.

Many lesser individuals would've shut themselves off from the public and just given up. That never helps. You have to show assholes that they don't control you or your destiny. That's what she's done and that's what she will continue to do.

As we head full steam into the holiday season, remember, don't buy any clothing items with Baby Phat or Phat Farm ties. They are racist and sexist and they don't deserve our support. Often, when I tell people not to buy any Baby Phat clothing, especially people around my age, they get all snarky asking who still buys it. But, there are tons of buyers out there still! I'm sure primarily girls in their teens to late 20's, and there are some really cute items that Kimora had designed for little girls. I've purchased them for my nieces! But, no more.

So, keep that in mind. Kellwood and their lawyers wouldn't be snooping around this blog if Baby Phat were unprofitable. We have to ensure that it is not profitable anymore. No respect? No dollars. Visit Kimora's website, http://www.kls.com/ to find ways to support her. I can't wait for KLS Gold to launch because I will definitely support her. She rocks and as much of herself as she's given to us, we certainly should be able to help her regroup and rebuild. She ain't hardly thru...... --Sugar

Update: To learn more about the news skincare line, Shinto Clinical, visit http://www.shintoclinical.com/ or visit Kimora's main website, http://www.kls.com/.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Class Action Lawsuit Against Baby Phat?

We are now more than two months past Kellwood Company's disgusting dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons from Baby Phat/Phat Fashions and still they have not formally announced this fact to the customer base. So, not only are many still purchasing Baby Phat products under the assumption that Kimora is still there, but a new, even more troubling realization has stepped into view.

It is widely known that many young girls, and probably some guys, get tattoos of the Baby Phat cat logo, better known as "Max the Cat". They don't do this solely because they love Baby Phat products. Most of them do it because they love and support Kimora and what she stands for as a symbol of empowerment for women. I've seen countless numbers of her followers and supporters on Twitter expressing utter dismay about having one of these tattoos upon finding out that she is no longer with the company. A fact that Kellwood has failed to make known to the very loyal Kimora Lee Simmons fan base.

I don't know how many girls are still getting these tattoos, but they are still getting them. Just a few weeks ago, one of my own followers on Twitter, who knows how disgusted I am about this whole ordeal, sent me a picture of a car that had been painted pink and covered with "Max the Cat". She said it looked like it had recently been done. So, imagine how that woman is going to feel when she finds out?

Kellwood is grossly negligent here because while painting a car is one thing, permanently etching something onto one's body is quite another. I'm sure some greedy lawyer out there would jump at the chance to look further into this, because Kellwood absolutely knows not only that these girls are getting these tattoos, but also that the customer base would operate differently were it to be informed about the change in leadership.

What do you say, Kellwood? Should we take this to the next level?

Remember, don't buy ANY Baby Phat or Phat Fashions clothing items. They don't deserve any continued support. The really disgusting thing is, on a weekly basis, more people than I can even acurately recall have to be told that Kimora isn't with Baby Phat any longer and the reasons are grimey as hell. The reaction is always the same. F*ck Kellwood. A song for you below you fake bastards. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kimora Lee Simmons Launching Skincare Line


I was running around most of the day taking care of some business, so I wasn't as tuned in as I normally am to all things Twitter. But, today Kimora Lee Simmons announced that she's holding a casting call for a new skincare line that she's launching! Twitter was abuzz and in her normal trendsetting fashion, no pun intended (well, maybe a lil bit), Kimora revealed that she's using social media and the internet to accept submissions for consideration.

From Celebuzz.com:
Fabulosity at its finest! Kimora Lee Simmons, model, mogul, mom and all-around fab fashion icon needs YOU! The multi-faceted, style icon is launching a new skincare line and is looking for real women to star in a new fabulous ad campaign.

Kimora is looking for women over 18, with radiant skin and a healthy glow -- so if you want to show off your fabulosity, enter NOW! Applicants must be able to be in Los Angeles November 16-19.

Kimora tells us, "This new skincare line is very important to me. This is my newest venture with all the amazing women that have supported me throughout the years. They, like myself, come from a diverse background. This new line speaks to the evolution that is this new fabulous, chic woman. I'm looking for REAL women who can show off their fabulosity to make this launch the huge success I know it will be! Please be my next Ultimate Goddess!"

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Follow @OfficialKimora on Twitter, then tweet: "@OfficialKimora Wants ME! http://bit.ly/9jMuZq"

2) Upload a photo or headshot of yourself in the comment box below.

3) Be sure to include the link to your tweet with your photo comment. (If you are with a modeling agency, please include which one.)
There are a few more rules and such, but this couldn't be any more groundbreaking in the world of fashion, or social media. First of all, it really levels the playing field for so many women who would never have been able to have a shot like this otherwise. And, can you say, "low overhead"? This woman's a genius! But then, most of us already knew that. Too bad a few fools in Missouri, New York, Los Angeles and the crack of satan's ass seem to have forgotten.

So, happy submitting girls! Send in only the best shots of yourselves! You've got plenty time to get just the right one, so have at it and good luck! --Sugar

Update: To learn more about the new line, Shinto Clinical, visit http://www.shintoclinical.com/ or visit Kimora's main website, http://www.kls.com/.

PhotoShop THIS, Bitch


Kellwood, I don't even have time to parse out all of the times you bastards and some new mysterious visitor, that I just KNOW is connected to you, have been over this site and today has been a pretty happy one for Team Fabulosity. So, in honor of Kimora's photo shoot today, I simply urge you to E.A.D. Sick of you bastards. --Sugar

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AFTER Baby Phat Split, Kimora Grants Girl's Wish


There's a little news aggregator on the side of the page here. Most the stuff has been from blogs and it doesn't always update as often as I would like. So, I sometimes just glance at it out of habit, but not really with the expectation of seeing something new. But, today something caught my eye and I'm so glad that it did. The headline read, "Wish Granted: Local Girl..." and I knew it was gonna be something good. I was right. :)

It was a story on the Hattiesburg-American's website about a little 8 year old Mississippi girl, suffering from a horribly debilitating disease, whose greatest wish is to be a model. And, guess who came to the rescue to make it happen? Ellen Ciurczak writes:

Taal Moseley, 8, a third-grader at Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg, had the wish of a lifetime granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"I wanted to be a model. I got my wish granted," said Moseley, while flipping through a photo book of her modeling experience.

The foundation, which helps children with life-threatening medical conditions, sent Moseley to Hollywood to meet fashion mogul and reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons.

Moseley, and fellow Make-A-Wish recipient Meg Wasley of Holly Springs, N.C., walked the runway in Baby Phat outfits at a birthday party for Simmons' daughter, Aoki.
I don't know what the process was. I don't know if Taal specifically wanted to meet Kimora or if Make-A-Wish called to ask her if she'd do this for the girl, but what a selfless act either way? Just awesome. Kimora could have told them no and considering what we all know now about the drama that was underway with Kellwood Company, it makes it even more spectacular! I remember her warmly tweeting about this experience with Taal and it makes me admire her even more. She could have easily called it off, but like more than a true professional...like a mother, like a humanitarian, she decided that a sick little girl's wish was more important.

Be sure to read the whole article and remember, we don't roll with Baby Phat anymore. No respect? No dollars. Don't let the warm fuzzies in this article fool you. This was pre-f*ck Kellwood. Check out KLS.com to find a number of ways to support Kimora and then head over to her Twitter page to let her know how great you think she is for doing this for Taal! --Sugar

WHAT Are You Looking For?!


When, I checked the stats earlier today, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw listing after listing after listing in the pageloads with "Kellwood Company" and "Morgan, Lewis, Bockius". Oh yeah, pageloads are different from the "visits". Pageloads give a better idea of what a person has been looking at while visiting a website and both Kellwood and those worms at Morgan Lewis have been crawling all over this blog today. Why? What are you looking for?

And, I saw that ridiculously desperate tweet you sent at the Baby Phat twitter page and it proves that you dummies screwed up when you dismissed Kimora as an after-thought. Baby Phat has been around for more than a decade and you damn fools are begging for customers? Know why you're begging for customers for a well-established brand? Because you threw the baby out with the bathwater. I don't know what happened behind closed doors between you dummies and Kimora, but it's a safe bet that with the sorry way you handled this, it was all you. And, you're paying for it dearly, literally, because of it.

The real customer base is turning away from you as the word spreads. Giving you a big ole fat f*ck you. My sentiments exactly. No respect? No dollars. Don't buy any apparel from them. Nothing.
If you want to support, Kimora, visit her website KLS.com. Fragrances always make an excellent holiday gift. :) The song below is dedicated to Kellwood and Morgan Lewis for today's action here at this lowly little blog. --Sugar

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ebony Magazine Takes Easy Way Out


A couple days ago, one of Kimora Lee Simmons's Twitter followers sent a tweet complaining about an ad that Essence Magazine was running that featured a Baby Phat coat. An ad that included Kimora's name as though she is still with them. I haven't seen it, so I can't make a judgment until I do. I've got a major life shift going on right now, so my focus is not exacty as sharp as it should be on some things, but as it turns out, I'm getting two for one because of it.

After the young lady mentioned the Essence ad, I figured I'd go out and pick it up to see for myself. And, I did...or so I thought. I picked up a magazine from 7-11 yesterday and carefully flipped through every page looking for the aforementioned ad. I didn't see it. What I did see was the thing you see in the photo above. Even yesterday, I thought, "This isn't an ad. They just mention that she left." Sure, it wasn't an ad, but I should have hopped on the fact that they claim she "left" immediately, because that's not true. She was forced out in the worst way by a bunch of sexist pigs.

So, today I decide that I'd send some tweets with admonishments to Essence for the lazy reporting...only to realize that I'd picked up an Ebony Magazine! While that wasn't the plan, to get an Ebony Magazine, I'm glad that I did or I would've never seen this lazy piece of information sharing.

Ebony has done a magnificent job of upgrading and modernizing the layout of that the time-honored beacon in the African-American community, so you'd think this Kimora Lee Simmons/Baby Phat story would be the perfect piece to get them some more credibility. You know, make some tough decisions to cover a story that would ruffle a few feathers. But, no. They decided to take the easy way out and I couldn't be more disappointed. If the Huffington Post could get even close to reporting why she actually isn't there any longer, I certainly expect that Ebony Magazine can.

Contact Ebony on Twitter at @EbonyMag to let them know your level of disappointment regarding this matter. Or, let them know via a special survey that they've set up to get feedback on the 65th anniversary edition on their website. The same one with that weak piece of reporting regarding Kimora and Baby Phat. No need to be rude or anything. Just let them know that we expect better of them. --Sugar

For Whom the Tweet...Tweets

Twitter has proven itself a valuable marketing tool for businesses in every industry. It has especially done so for the world of fashion. Within seconds, a designer is able to reach tens of thousands, or even millions, with news about a new product or service. So, an individual tweeter's relationship with his, her or its followers is extremely important.

Kimora Lee Simmons has done a remarkable job of not only nurturing a relationship with her supporters, she is also building an even greater following at an amazing speed. This blog is dedicated wholly to supporting her new efforts and at crushing any future success of the "new" Baby Phat due to Kellwood Company's disgusting dismissal of Kimora just a few weeks ago as creative director of the brand. A dismissal that they have yet to refute was in part due to her then alleged size 10 frame. So, imagine my surprise when a few events surrounding the Baby Phat twitter page recently transpired.

A couple of weeks ago, a quick search for the page revealed that it had been deleted. I mean, it was just gone. Vanished. Nothing. So, a few days ago, one of Kimora's young followers announced that there was a new Baby Phat twitter page, but its tweets were "protected". As in, you had to have permission to follow them and read whatever they tweeted. That doesn't make any damn sense. It defeats the purpose of a business having an account, so I figured they were working on the page and they didn't want to unprotect the tweets until they'd gotten it finished.

I checked the page today and it's not a new page at all. It's the same old page, with a different background and now a blank icon (it used to be Max the Cat), but the same old tweets from before are there, with the ones that mention Kimora noticeably gone. What the hell are they up to? They are currently only being followed by 33 thousand people, but they used to be followed by close to 100 thousand. They aren't following anyone although they must have been following Kimora, at least at some point, because she sent a tweet last week that had her followers abuzz for a while. She tweeted:
do NOT follow me @babyphat! im NO longer there! @OFFICIALKIMORA has left the fuggen building! Pls RT! #TeamFabulosity my loves, lets do tha dam thang!! #fb
I'm not sure whether the onslaught of retweets shook them up or whether Kimora blocked them, but they aren't following anyone today....

I don't also know whether that is an actual Kellwood owned Baby Phat page or whether a fan started it, but considering the fact that the old tweets are there, I'm guessing that Kellwood does own it. If so, who is the moron who's operating it? It's bad enough that they've hijacked the company, refusing to give the customer base a proper explanation for the rude dismissal of Kimora, but this Twitter move is like, what the fugg? It shows how lost they are without her. They don't know what to do. They realize that the customer base is more quickly being informed about what they did and they don't like it. Well, too damn bad. I predict that by next year this time, Baby Phat will be closing up shop and Kimora Lee Simmons will be an even more powerful force in the world of fashion than ever before.

Don't buy any clothing items from Baby Phat or Phat Farm. Nothing. No respect? No dollars. They can go to hell. --Sugar

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Right Around the Clock

The past few weeks have been very refreshing and enlightening where this boycott is concerned. For one, there are still people out there who have no clue that Kimora Lee Simmons was so rudely dismissed from Baby Phat/Phat Fashions and two, we are reaching them. As I've stated here before, the reaction is always one of disgust and outrage.

I had a very interesting conversation via Twitter with a young lady yesterday who freely admitted that she was a size 16. When I revealed to her that Kimora was allegedly dismissed from Baby Phat in part due to her alleged size 10 figure (a woman who's had 3 children mind you), she immediately began swearing and declared that she wouldn't buy any additional Baby Phat items. She declared her continuing support for Kimora and told me how grateful she was that I'd told her the news. This didn't have to be this way. It shouldn't be this way.

Reactions like that are the reason why those lilly-livered cowards at Kellwood Company declined to make a formal statement or send Kimora off with dignity and class. They knew the customer base would be pissed. What they don't know is, or at least they don't seem to want to face, when the women of this nation as a whole find out? It's a wrap. All of those brands are going to crumble apart. Do dirt, get dirt. I told your asses that I wouldn't stop if it took me a year to make sure that everyone knew about this. I mean that.

See how that visit number keeps going up? Those are unique visitors. Let's say for instance that each of those people only tells two people and those two people tell two people and on and on and on. You get the drift...I'm on you, Kellwood. Right around the fugging clock. Even when I wake up at night, insomniac that I am, I check twitter to see if some other poor unsuspecting soul has sent Kimora some "Oh, how I love Baby Phat", tweet and immediately I let them know the deal. They always react the same. Fugg Kellwood. This will continue. You don't treat people like this. We will see to it that you don't get away with it. No respect? No dollars. I know you mad, but so what? --Sugar


Friday, October 15, 2010

One Month Old!


I just realized that today marks the one month birthday of this little water cooler in the blogosphere! Aren't you happy, Kellwood? :) I know you are. I'm still strategizing and trying to figure out new and more devious ways of sticking it to the man and we'll get there. And, it's absolutely "we" now Kellwood because the natives are stirring. We really have touched nearly every corner of this globe so far. I'm excited. The word is getting around and were it not for the power of the internet, you would be able to get away with what you did to Kimora Lee Simmons. But, you won't.

See that picture above? That's a lioness by the name of Tamara. She's one of the premiere attractions at the zoo in Amman, Jordan. Those are her little month old cubs in the picture with her. She got a tad agitated when the photographer went to snap that picture of she and her little ones. Funny thing about we females. Very protective of our families and our friends. That's what's going to ruin you, Kellwood. Women get pissed when they hear the whole story about Kimora's departure from Baby Phat/Phat Fashions. See how innocent and benign the cubs look? Like they wouldn't harm a flea. Meanwhile, Tamara looks like she's ready to rip somebody's head off. Yeah. We all know how this story goes. The cubs will grow up and they too will some day be ready and able to rip somebody's head off. Same with this little blog, Kellwood. No respect? No dollars.

Visit KLS.com to find a number of ways to support Kimora. Buy nothing, especially Baby Phat clothing items, from Kellwood. Besides, I need to find out where they're getting those items made anyway. I sure hope I don't find out they are getting that shit made in some sweat shop in Asia. We'll see. --Sugar

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"You Don't Have to Be a Size Two"


Kimora Lee Simmons has always been about creating fashion for women of all sizes. I think this is one of the reasons why so many have been drawn to her for so long. Check out the video of her below from a May, 2010 appearance on "Face 2 Face" with Courtney Friel where she talks about the new line, Kouture by Kimora, and her views on women and fashion. She truly exemplifies the "champion of the people". This is why we can not allow Kellwood Company to get away with what they've done to her.

Support her by visiting KLS.com and checking out the number of ways that you can buy products that are specifically owned by her and not Kellwood. We have to let them know that we will not be played for fools. Don't buy anything from them. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pray the Devil Back to Hell...or Missouri


I just finished watching the critically acclaimed documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell and while it was far too short for my desires, it was SO amazingly uplifting and inspiring to me where this effort and so many other things in life are concerned. Just average, ordinary women decided that they'd had enough of the madness in Liberia as that tyrant Charles Taylor trampled around and they made a humongous difference.

I'm tired of watching women, especially those of us of color, being treated in the business world as though we are so dispensable. Kimora Lee Simmons has been handling this situation with Baby Phat/Phat Fashions and Kellwood Company with impeccable grace, but I don't have the restraints that I'm sure she's dealing with. So, Kellwood prepare for this effort to go to new levels in the coming weeks. The worse thing that could have happened for you idiots is for me to have watched that documentary tonight. Those women got it DONE! If they were able to, I, with the help of other women like myself, can do the same. You have nobody to blame for this but yourselves.

If only you'd handled this like professionals and at least made a statement. Sent Kimora off with the parting that she deserved. Not just toss her out....maybe this wouldn't be necessary. But, you decided to handle it the way you did. Like assholes. I'll return the favor in kind.

So, while we can't pray you back to the hell from whence you came, we can pray you back to Missouri to lick your "in the red" wounds. Head bowed... --Sugar

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Baby Phat Counterfeiter Sentenced, Not the Only Fake


Now, this is mighty funny considering that a bunch of fake asses are running Baby Phat as I type this. Earlier this week, a Clinton, Iowa man was sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for trafficking counterfeit goods by top designers, including Baby Phat, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Chanel and Nike. From the Quad City Times:

Charles Edwin Sampson-Snyder, 56, who operates a store named Bama's or Bama & Heather Clothing, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Davenport in February.

He admitted to purchasing and selling $100,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise.

Maybe he was working for Kellwood Company because they damn sure are doing a lot of poaching and counterfeiting right now themselves with their failure to formally let the Baby Phat customer base know that Kimora Lee Simmons is no longer heading up the brand.

Don't buy any apparel from them. Nothing. Not even a pack of shoestrings. The cowardly bastards haven't had the decency to speak to the Phat Fashions customer base as respected clientelle in the face of such a shake up, so let's let them listen to the silence of untouched clothes on a department store rack. Go here to find a number of ways to support Kimora, including information on how to purchase one of her six fragrances. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar

Monday, October 4, 2010

Why Kellwood Can't Get Away With This


This past weekend, I felt pretty awful. I really wanted to push forward and continue to get the word out about the boycott of all Baby Phat apparel, but I just didn't feel like I'd be able to give it my best. So, I abstained...only to decide that I needed to shuffle my Netflix cue this morning and in the process be brought to shame for my weakness. My American frailty.

I watch a lot of documentaries. They can be entertaining and informative and that's exactly what I need in my life with days that are sometimes jam-packed with to-do lists. So, as I was looking through my Netflix queue, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film by the name of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. I think that it had been there (in the queue) for a while, but I just kind of forgot about it. Today, I felt like something was pushing me towards it.

So, I decide to see what the film was all about and it was all that I could do to keep from weeping right there at my desk at work. This from the film's website:

Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting,and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Check out the trailer below:


Absolutely, we are not talking about bringing an end to civil war in this situation between Kimora Lee Simmons and Kellwood/Baby Phat, but again, it's relavent. It's extremely relavent to the other women in business and the fashion industry, in this country and in fact, the world.

Let me break something down for you. In that last post, I quoted some stats from the United Nations and Oxfam that claim that women do 2/3rds of the work worldwide and yet earn peanuts where salary is concerned and barely own anything where property is concerned. So, these Liberian women, of both of the predominate religions in that country, joined together to make a difference. They don't, for the most part, have access to all of the trappings that we have here in the States. But, they were tired of being made to feel as though their voices were irrelevant and ineffective in helping to bring about change in the midst of such turmoil--and guess what? Their decision to make a stand...worked!

Those women could have been slaughtered...hacked to pieces and fed to animals, but they didn't let that stop them from taking a stand against the injustice that sat before them. If they, our sisters among those who decided to go back to the "Mother land" way back when, could find the courage to stand up against bloodthirsty thugs and a known warlord, we can damn sure stand up against a bunch of cowardly, spineless, limp-dicked corporate thugs who wield nothing more than threats as a part of their arsenal.

A sister has been wronged here. I love her to death, but no matter your feelings towards her, which I can almost guarantee are based upon at least one fistful of lies and misinformation, she deserves just as much support as anyone else in this position. There aren't enough women of color in the fashion industry doing what she does for Kellwood to have disrespected her in this manner. And, unless we forget, they disrespected her and the entire Phat Fashions customer base, of all demographics, when they so nonchalantly discarded her as if we didn't matter.

I'm here to let them know that it did and it does and we are sick and tired of it. This post will make 11 so far for this blog, yet in its infancy, and yet both Kellwood and lawyers representing them, Morgan Lewis, have been crawling all over this space. Feast your eyes below on a few screen shots from the StatCounter (click on the image to enlarge):







What are they so concerned about if they haven't done anything wrong? Why are they crawling all over this blog? And, trust that the two listings for Morgan Lewis are but a cursory glance of their visits to the site. Those are just the two times that I decided to grab at this late hour. They weren't noticeably on the site today, but that doesn't mean they weren't there...

Anyway, what I'm getting at is this. The fashion industry, with its built-in barriers for women and men of color, has enough black eyes without this mishandling of Kimora Lee Simmons and her supporters, the customer base of Phat Fashions, to add to the list. We will not be shooed away this time as you snicker under your breaths, convinced that we will still buy these goods. It ends here. No respect? No dollars. And, I've got a lot more to discuss about this racism and sexism in this industry for the rest of this week. You should have handled this appropriately. How dare you send Kimora off as a mere after-thought and say nothing to us as if we are fools. We'll see who the fools are and I'm just getting started. Others are joining in on the effort. The blog isn't even a whole three weeks old and today I didn't tweet a single post and we got new and varied visitors...planting seeds and farming bitches. I'll expand this week. Holidays are upon us. Remember, red Christmas for you. --Sugar

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kimora's Struggle is That of Every Woman


Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half of the world's food, and yet earn only 10% of the world's income and own less than 1% of the world's property. (Source :End Poverty 2015 Millenium Campaign)


Oxfam tweeted that and other shocking bits of information about women and equality a few weeks ago and I have been unable to get it out of my head. Women work two thirds of the world's working hours, yet earn only 10 percent of the world's income. And, own less than 1 percent of the world's property. That's a serious gut punch. Let it marinate in your mind for a bit...what it means for alllll of the women in the world to do most of the damn work and yet earn a mere pittance of the income and own less than a pittance of the property. Not 2/3rds amongst poor women. Not 2/3rds amongst middle class women. Not 2/3rds of the hours amongst wealthy women. But, ALL of womankind does 2/3rds of the work globally. Not even Oprah could save us from this sorry statistical state that we're in.

So what? So what is that as this situation between Kimora Lee Simmons, Kellwood and Sun Capital plays out, I think it's important that women, especially, really consider what's happening here. If you haven't ever had to deal with a sexist pig at your job, trust me, just give it time and you'll get your chance. They are rude and disrespectful and the last thing they want to deal with is a woman with some power and an opinion. They can't stand it. The way that Kellwood handled parting ways with Kimora reeks with the stench of at least one such pig and it makes me sick.

I think that many women tell themselves, "Kimora's wealthy. She doesn't need me to care. She doesn't need my help. Our struggles are not the same." But, that couldn't be more wrong. Does wealth mean that a woman becomes void of all emotion, incapable of feeling disappointment? Hell no! I imagine that if anything, in moments of reflection, a woman of considerable wealth must shudder to think that even with all of that cash at her disposal, she still has to deal with such bullshit.

Imagine how you would feel had your local newspaper published an article that said you were dismissed from your job (in Kimora's case, a virtual empire that she built from the ground up), in part, because your supervisor thought you were too fat. You'd feel terrible and who wouldn't be able to understand!? Kimora is tough, and at least publically, she's handling this like a champ. Absolutely, we don't know how she's dealing with it away from all of the prying eyes, but as a woman I can imagine and I would hope that any other woman reading this can do the same.

My very best friend in this world was once in a very public position and things went South hard and fast when the pig she was working for crossed the line and then retaliated when she wasn't cool with it. I can remember sitting on the phone with her literally for hours some days as she shared her frustration, shock and disappointment. Her career was just taking off and the drama couldn't have come at a worse time. I will never forget spending hours helping her draft documentation for a mediation session dealing with that bullshit, and that was several years ago. Situations like that just sort of burn themselves into your memory bank and just sit there, ready to provide the needed juice to help another woman get through her own "situation". It's driving me now to help Kimora in this Kellwood situation in whatever small way that I can.

Do not let your intimidation of Kimora's financial status cause you to miss the fact that just like you, she's a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend. Men support one another, and most definitely I would hope that they too are as upset about all of this as I certainly am, but we women have got to band together in situations like this. We will never be able to change statistics like those at the top of this post until we do. Support Kimora by visiting her website, KLS.com and find out how you can buy products that she owns without putting a red cent into Kellwood's pockets. No respect? No dollars. Kimora will be stronger than ever once all the dust settles from this mess. I can't wait. It will be a triumph that all women should be proud to witness. --Sugar


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kellwood, Burned By Sun Capital, Burns Kimora?


As I continue to research this Kellwood, Kimora Lee Simmons and Baby Phat situation, the plot gets thicker and thicker and I'm getting angrier and angrier. I stumbled upon this New York Times article earlier today, Sun Capital Gets Hostile With Kellwood. And, this one, For Sun Capital's Partners, Madoff Losses, Layoffs and Another Bankruptcy, and this one Kellwood Accepts Sun Capital's Takeover Offer, among many, many others about Sun Capital's aggressive attempts to acquire Kellwood Company in 2007 and 2008.

The two guys in the photo above are Marc Leder (left) and Rodger Krouse. They are the founders of Sun Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Pretty young guys to be kicking up so much dust to get their hands on Kellwood. Their reputation preceeded them at Kellwood I'm sure, because they've left a trail of tears behind them in their apparent quest for world domination.

Just over a year after they snatched Kellwood, Josh Kosman wrote this in an article for Lexis Nexis about Sun Capital:

Sun Capital Partners, which just a couple of years ago was among the hottest private-equity groups in the country, has fallen upon hard times of late - a victim of the recession, bad management decisions and - according to critics - outright greed.
Right after they acquired Kellwood, Jason Bernzweig, vice president of Sun Capital said this in a Reuters article:

Jason Bernzweig, vice president of Sun Capital, said the firm is prepared to commit "substantial resources beyond the purchase price to build Kellwood's business" and plans to "work closely with management and employees at Kellwood to strengthen the company and develop its branded portfolio."
Well, we know that's a lie because they got their mitts on Kellwood in February 2008 and before the year was over, Kellwood was trying to give Holly Dunlap and her Hollywould, Inc., maker of handbags and shoes, the boot. Kellwood says that the plans were in place before the takeover by Sun Capital, but I don't believe that either. They did at least have the decency to offer a brief statement about the split, stating that both parties had:
"mutually agreed to explore a range of strategic alternatives for the business".

I'm so sure. What I'm not sure about is why Holly was given the courtesy of a statement when Kimora was not. I have never even heard of any Hollywould, Inc. No disrespect to Holly. Myself and millions of others do know who Kimora Lee Simmons is and she's sent away in the dark of night? The hell?

So, what's the deal? Is Sun Capital a fu*k up that bit off more Kellwood than it could chew, subsequently leading to the untimely dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons and her staff from Baby Phat/Phat Fashions, or are they both (Kellwood and Sun Capital) fu*k ups who just didn't know what to do with a brand that started out with an urban and African-American slant, but which grew to become so much more, crossing all demographics? Whatever the case, they fu$ked up because I'm going to work hard to see to it that this is a red Christmas for both of them where Baby Phat is concerned. You didn't have the decency to let the customer base know that you've unceremoniously shown Kimora the door, continuing to try to make sales off of unsuspecting buyers. That has to and that will stop. No respect? No dollars. If you want to know how you can still support Kimora, visit her website, KLS.com. --Sugar

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Are You Kidding Me?



I thought about naming this post "Ain't This a Bitch?", but for the sake of Bing and Google searches, I figured this title would be more prudent, and still make my point. As I write this, I'm still shocked at the most recent developments in this Kellwood/Baby Phat/Kimora Lee Simmons situation. I recently started following one of her young supporters and yesterday, she sent a flurry of tweets that alluded to some new crap that Kellwood Company was pulling. But, I was tired and I figured it could wait until today. Oh how I wish I had looked into it last night.

This morning, the angry tweets continued from several of Kimora's young supporters, again obviously upset with Kellwood about something. So, I decided I'd hold my nose and visit the Baby Phat Twitter page to see what all the fuss was about. I gasped the second the page fully loaded when I saw this:


I thought to myself, "they can't be serious." The "new" twitter page. No, that's the old Baby Phat twitter page, you just changed the background image and logo if my memory serves me well. The thing is, I still can't really decide what pisses me off more. The whole "new twitter page" bit or the "new collection that just hit stores and babyphat.com" line. Well, yes I do. It's the new collection that "just hit stores" line.

It's been just over a month since Kimora officially announced that she wasn't going to be heading up Phat Fashions, which includes Baby Phat, anymore. An announcement that she solely made. There has still been no official statement from Kellwood on the matter, and before I go any further, let me let them know that at this point, they can go to hell where a statement is concerned. I mean, what might they say to loyal Baby Phat supporters now, a month later, that is sufficient and truly contrite? Not a damn thing. So, the only thing I'm shooting for now is a full and complete boycott that cripples the brand altogether. You had your chance Kellwood. A statement at this point is like popping a birth control pill after unprotected sex. Too late. You're fu#ked.

So, before I ramble on for too long. This is the short of it. Yesterday, Kellwood had whatever lackey is managing the Baby Phat Twitter page send a tweet with this "big" announcement. That they had a "new" Twitter page, which it isn't, and that a new collection had just hit stores. They managed to take care of all of these things, including reworking the Facebook page, but could not find a spare moment in the past month to properly handle parting ways with Kimora Lee Simmons. Who the HELL do they think we are? A bunch of fools?

Let me remind readers what happened in this whole saga. Kimora was booted from Phat Fashions, against her wishes and unceremoniously, no proper explanation was given to lifelong fans of the brand and allegations continue to swirl that Kellwood thought that Kimora, a 6 foot tall mother of 3, is too fat in her alleged size 10 figure.

No matter who I relay this information to, young and old, the reaction is always one of shock and disgust at Kellwood. I mean the insensitive fashion in which this was all carried out is just shocking to say the least. Kimora and Russell built a powerful brand, a movement, that now spans the globe and would have brought with it a most loyal customer base. No exaggeration, every single day several twitter users (from all over the world) reach out to Kimora so excited about some new Baby Phat store or apparel that they've discovered in their city. The reaction once she graciously tells them that she is no longer with the company is always one of shock and disgust. They always tell her some variation of, "if you're not there anymore, I'm not buying it anymore." This will continue.

To the moms and dads, big sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas who are getting those holiday shopping lists together, whether it be for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts, do not buy any Baby Phat apparel. The brand is tainted now. Do not support a company that has so little respect for its customer base or for a woman who did so much to make it a brand that you'd even consider supporting. If you want to support Kimora, visit her website, http://www.kls.com/ and check out the number of ways that you can do so. It's too late Kellwood. A song below for those mamas who were planning to pick up some Baby Phat gear for holiday gifts. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar



Monday, September 27, 2010

The Black Dollar is a RELIABLE Dollar

An article in Friday's Philadelphia Business Journal, Focus: Black Buying Power gets to the heart of the issue that I have with Kellwood Comopany and their unceremonious and disrespectful (to both her and the Black and urban customer base) dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons from Phat Fashions several weeks ago. In the article, Athena Merritt writes:

The nation’s 1 million black-owned businesses account for more than $100 billion in annual sales. Black buying power is estimated at $913 billion this year nationwide, meaning only 10 percent of dollars spent by blacks are supporting the enterprises, said Nicole Giles, acting executive director of the African American Chamber of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Nearly a TRILLION dollars. That's massive. Merritt's article discusses the attempts by Black business owners in the Philadelphia area to get more of those dollars in their hands. Especially with the holiday shopping season coming hard and fast.

This is something that Kellwood Company obviously didn't consider--this powerful Black dollar--when they dismissed Kimora in the fashion that they did--disrespecting her loyal fan base. There was a proper way to go about cutting ties if that's what Kellwood felt needed to happen, but this wasn't it.

It is absolutely amazing to read people's reactions on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet when they finally learn that she is no longer with Phat Fashions. Instantly, they say they will not buy anything related to Baby Phat anymore. As we get closer to the holidays, I will work to make sure that many, many more individuals are aware of this. Buying nothing from them. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Who is Kellwood Company?

Let me first say, I don't think I've ever seen a more vague website than the one owned by Kellwood Company. It's so void of information about the ownership, one can only wonder what's really going on behind the scenes. Why so secretive?

Anyway, as we get closer and closer to the holiday season, it's important that you know not only that Kellwood "designs manufactures and markets a growing collection of premier fashion brands". It's also important that you know what those brands are. As of this date, on their website, they claim ownership of (in this order on the site):

Vince
Baby Phat
Jolt
Sag Harbor
Briggs NY
My Michelle
XOXO
David Meister

Fundinguniverse.com has a great deal more information about Kellwood, including how the company got its start, but this at Bloomberg Business Week has a more well-rounded cache of information, so check that out too. Bottom line? They're huge and they most definitely knew that handling the dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons in this manner was inappropriate. --Sugar

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Kimora This Time, Who's Next?


First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me. --Attributed to Martin Niemoller, protestant pastor and social activist

While the impetus for Niemoller to speak the oft-quoted words above was a very dark time in world history, they can be applied and have been applied to many different situations. I think they apply quite well to the situation involving Kimora Lee Simmons' dismissal from Baby Phat/Phat Fashions because the relative silence about the matter has been deafening. Where is the outrage by Black media, including radio? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Tavis Smiley? Where is Essence Magazine's reactive piece? Because while it may be Kimora on the receiving end of this unjust action now, it will be someone else before long.

How can this story be getting such little attention when an absolute injustice has occurred? No, nobody was killed or beaten, but an assault on the spirit of innovation has taken place and that does deserve a closer examination. Kimora is one of only a handful of women of color in an industry that is notorious for discriminatory practices. At the very least, I expect that some of the opinion-makers in Black America will ask some questions about what's happened here. Kimora has stated repeatedly that she did not want to leave Phat Fashions and yet Kellwood Company unceremoniously dismissed her without offering the customer base, predominately urban and African-American might I remind you, a single explanation. In fact, they are still poaching off of sales of Baby Phat wear as customers continue to make purchases, assuming that they are doing so in support of Kimora.

And, lest we forget, the issue is about more than fashion. It's also about the allegations that Kellwood Company dismissed Kimora in part due to the fact that she, a 6 foot tall mother of three, including a not yet two year old baby, allegedly wears a size 10. The allegations alone should have created a firestorm in the media. Discussions about women of color and body image, especially what's acceptible in the "mainstream", the message being delivered to young girls about what makes them beautiful, all of it. Instead, it's been so quiet it's eerie and I don't like it.

So, Kellwood, I will do the job that the media, both mainstream and otherwise, has failed to do. And, I'm pretty good at it, as evidenced by you snooping around here already. But, I'm only just getting started. I didn't have time to go down into the "belly of the beast" this past weekend, but I will and momentum is slowly building. Stay alert. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kellwood, Kimora and Kindling


As I continue to ponder the dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons from Phat Fashions/Baby Phat by parent company Kellwood, one thing sticks out to me most. Kimora, a woman of both Asian and African-American descent, is one of only a handful of designers in the fashion industry who can be classified as a person of color. This is especially important to consider with regards to Baby Phat and Phat Fashions because the brands have a predominately urban and African-American customer base. Not that the products in the line aren't purchased by all races and demographics, because they are, but the foundation of the brands is mostly urban.

So, you have a woman of color leading the charge at a still successful brand after more than a decade, a customer base that is probably just as loyal, if not more, to her than the actual brand itself and a group of executives at a hub of retail brands which has yet to see the forest for the trees. Kellwood's silent and cowardly dismissal of Kimora has allowed them to continue to profit from sales of Baby Phat items as her fan base continues to make purchases under the assumption that she is still leading the company. This has to stop.

If Kellwood feels that they can manage Baby Phat better than she could, then they need to step out and make a public statement as to why they made this decision. Let the customer base know what the real situation is.

As far as I'm concerned, Kellwood has offended my racial sensibilities by not making a public statement. Would they have dismissed the creative directors at Sag Harbor or David Meister in such a tongue in cheek fashion? No statement, no assurance to the customer base, nothing? I don't think so. Kellwood has made it apparent that they don't respect the urban or African-American customer as they've dismissed Kimora in much the same fashion that a wreckless pet owner puts a litter of kittens in a box and places it on the side of the road.

Much of this is speculation on my part. Absolutely. Who knows what actually went down behind closed doors but the parties involved? But, it is not speculation that Kimora has stated repeatedly that it wasn't her choice and she did not want to leave Phat Fashions. Kellwood has been silent on the matter. So, what are we to think and do? There's only one sensible thing that we can do and that's to boycott all further purchases of any Baby Phat/Phat Farm items. We will use the little nuggets of information that we have been given in this news article and that one as a type of kindling to keep the raging fire of disgust that we feel for the way this has been handled burning. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar

Kellwood Can Have Baby Phat, But Not Our Dollars

Here's what Kellwood Corporation needs to know. Your failure to offer a statement regarding the dismissal of Kimora Lee Simmons from Phat Fashions is an utter disrespect to fans of the brand. The great majority of buyers do so in support of her. At the very least, you could have offered a written statement. One can only wonder whether you might have handled this differently if the customer base weren't predominately urban and African-American....

Many are still buying Baby Phat under the assumption that Kimora Lee Simmons is still with the company. We will see to it that that ends. The word continues to spread. The only goal now is total breakdown of the brand. Why should we, the customer base, continue to support a brand that is owned by a company that has no respect for the said base? We will not. --Sugar

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why Boycott Baby Phat?


(This is gonna take a minute. Background first. Can't just randomly call for a boycott without first explaining. Come on, now. Fix a spot of tea and get cozy.)

Several weeks ago, Kimora Lee Simmons, who I dilligently follow on Twitter, started sending tweets that sounded suspiciously as though she might be leaving Baby Phat/Phat Fashions. As far as any of her supporters knew, there was no reason for this, so most probably didn't even realize what was happening before their very eyes.

I don't send her a lot of correspondence throughout the day as some of her young supporters tend to do. But, if she sends a tweet, almost invariably, I'm gonna retweet it. It's my small way of showing my support for her efforts. So, when she started sending those tweets, dripping with hints that something major was about to happen, I carefully watched and waited to see what was going to transpire. On one occasion, she even sent a tweet that said something like, "I'd never leave voluntarily" or "by choice" or something to that extent. This really aggravated me because it sounded as if she was under duress. Still, I watched and waited, fully aware that something was up, and hoping for the best that it would be to her and Russell's advantage. Then, it happened.

On a Friday night (August 20th), late, she responded to a tweet from a supporter who expressed that she (or maybe it was a he, I can't remember for sure) was shocked that Kimora was leaving Baby Phat, with "I know. So sad." The news went around the world in 80 seconds and the speculation was rampant. I was shocked. Kimora was mostly vague in her responses, except to tell her supporters that she was moving on to a new chapter, she appreciated the support and she hoped that we'd all be along for the next chapter in her life. My every instinct was that this was not what she wanted. So, again I watched and waited, and called and emailed Kellwood, current owner of Phat Fashions, myself to see if I could get some answers. Each time they stated that they were not going to be making an official statement "at this time". I wondered, "Then when dammit?!"

In the days following, rumors and more speculation continued. Then, one allegation in particular started popping up everywhere and it was all I could do to keep from losing my damn mind. The New York Post reported:

"But another Baby Phat insider it could have been a way to slash costs: "Kimora was going over-budget. She'd pay herself a fee to be in the ads, plus she paid her children fees to appear in ads. It costs thousands of dollars to airbrush her because she's a size 10."


I was pissed. First of all, what the hell would be so horrible about her girls being paid to be in those ads? She and Russell didn't own Phat Fashions anymore. Why the hell should their children work for free?! But, seeing as how the New York Post isn't exactly distributing Pulitzer Prize winning material (translation: credible) on a yearly basis, I thought maybe it was just more rumor and speculation. Because, if this was true, this meant that Kellwood was forcing Kimora, a six foot tall mother of three, with a still relatively fresh from the womb (Okay, he's several months old, but he isn't in kindergarten dammit. He's still a baby. Only 16 months old I believe.) little one in tow, out of a company that she built from the ground up. A company that she obviously loves and adores. A company that she obviously was not ready to leave behind....because they thought she was too fat.

So, as I watched and waited, Kimora continued to send tweets related to her departure and eventually, she began to address the allegations about her weight. In an episode that absolutely broke my heart, she sent a string of tweets that encouraged women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their beauty both on the inside and on the outside and to be themselves and pondered when it became a crime to be a size 10. I was livid because she shouldn't have even had to address something so personal.

I hoped against hope that Kellwood would immediately release a statement saying the allegations were baseless, they'd never do something so ridiculous as show Kimora the door for this reason and just set the record straight. You know, maybe they just decided to go in a new direction. That would have still stung, but it would have been a bit more palatable than rumors floating out here that they'd let Kimora go in great part due to her weight. To date, Kellwood has only responded with this:

.....................................

Got it? Not a damn thing. They haven't said a thing. No official statement, not a tweet, not even a status update on Facebook. Just...nothing. So, what are we to think? Kimora had originally announced that her last day at Phat Fashions would be September 1st, but days before, she announced on Twitter that her last day was "effective immediately". How could that translate into "oh, something good must have happened"? It can't! The drama was obviously still underway and Kellwood was still silent.

To that end, Kellwood's absolutely disrespectful treatment of buyers of all things related to Phat Fashions is deplorable and they do not deserve any further support. Kellwood's absolutely disrespectul treatment of Kimora Lee Simmons, the one who built Baby Phat into what it is today, is deplorable and they do not deserve any further support. Kellwood's absolutely dis-re-spectful message to the women of this country, that a six foot tall mother of three is too fat at a size ten is deplorable and they do not deserve any further support. The average woman in this country is 5'4" tall and wears a size 14 dress. One third of all American women wear a size 16. Absolutely, health has to be taken into account. Always. But, last I checked, Kellwood Corporation is not the headquarters of the Surgeon General's office. They are a retailer. Focus on retail you bastards. And, if you are so concerned about what size this woman and that one is, we can help make sure that the women of this country know exactly how you feel about it when they go to make decisions about what to buy at their local department stores. That won't be a problem at all.

So, in sum, DO NOT BUY THEIR SHIT! Nothing. But, it's important that we start with Baby Phat so that they can feel the real impact of their dismissal of Kimora. The only thing any true Kimora Lee Simmons should be purchasing are products from her KLS Collection, Kouture by Kimora or any of her fragrances, which can be found at most department or fragrance stores. The fragrances will mostly still have a Baby Phat logo on them but they are fine to purchase. I'm hoping that soon Kimora and her team will be able to rebrand all of those items so that she can fully make them her own and not allow Kellwood to piggyback off of her efforts.

I apologize for making this post so long, but I had to give all of the background in order to go forward with this call to action. I promise the rest will be short and sweet and I will do my best to limit the cursing, but this all makes me extremely angry. I don't know Kimora any further than our interactions on Twitter and in my following her work in both fashion and philanthropic circles and she seems to be nothing but some of the best that God sent down to this globe. Nobody's perfect. Hell, I'm not. But, she's a hell of a lot better than some of the other trash walking amongst us.

Kellwood, the song below is all for you. Strap in because you are going to have some decisions to make soon where Baby Phat is concerned. No respect? No dollars. --Sugar

Welcome!


If you were sent a link here, thank you for stopping in. If you stumbled upon this blog, that probably means you are as disgusted about what has transpired in the past month regarding Kimora Lee Simmons' departure from Baby Phat as I am. If you "stumbled upon" this blog looking for some negative information about Kimora Lee Simmons you can forget it and I advise you to click the red "x" in the top right corner of your window here and keep it moving.

In the coming days, this blog will evolve...and grow. I am singularly operating it to help spread the word that Kimora Lee Simmons is no longer with Baby Phat, and to make sure that the public knows the disgusting reasons why that is so. I'm a dilligent blogger Kellwood. So, this will not be a one shot situation. If this takes me until the next year, to make sure that the public is made aware of what you've done, so be it. Enough is enough. --Sugar