"I’d like to be the
West, who launched his first line for Adidas last week during New York Fashion Week, used the opportunity of the interview to pitch himself as a job candidate.
"Perhaps this is a bit of a demo tape. When I say Steve Jobs of the Gap, as I talk to the people at the Gap right now [leans into tape recorder], I'm not talking about a capsule [collection]," he tells Style.com editor in chief Dirk Standen. "I'm talking about full Hedi Slimane creative control of the Gap is what I would like to do.
"And," he says with a laugh, "I can say this because it doesn't conflict with my Adidas contract."
Of course, the mass appeal inherent in certain brands has cost Kanye: Specifically the mass appeal of his now-wife,
"Soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars," West reveals. "And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me.
"The so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window."
He says he took the snubbing as an opportunity to learn more about fashion, working with Kim at her mom's house, re-tailoring clothes in Rob Kardashian's old bedroom and taking photos of the results.
"We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style," he says. "We improved each other."