Barneys CEO Mark Lee apologized to Jay Z (Tuesday), due to allegations that customers at Barneys New York were racially profiled.
“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Carter,” Lee said, as per nypost.com. “Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”
Jay and Barney’s forged a partnership back in September titled “A New York Holiday”. Lee continued to express his feelings on the matter.
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said today. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”
Lee statements came after a meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem, New York headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold,” Lee said, as per nypost.com. “Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”