This image taken from video shows Kanye West, right, with Steven Smith, lead designer at Yeezy during a discussion on fashion and design at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/David Martin)

Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to the Americas

November 07, 2019 - 5:43 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says he plans to move manufacturing of his Yeezy shoe line to North and South America.

The rapper made the comments Thursday during a surprise appearance at Fast Company's Innovation Festival in New York.

The rapper and shoe designer told a crowd of about 500 that he plans that Yeezy manufacturing will happen at his ranch in Cody, Wyoming.

West stuck mostly to fashion, but he also joined other celebrities in calling for the release of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed.

Rihanna and other celebrities have called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to free Reed based on new evidence that includes the affidavit of a fellow inmate implicating another man.

Reed is scheduled for execution Nov. 20 in the abduction, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996.

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