Cassius Clay, Kanye West’s 19-Year-Old Stylist, Speaks

Opening Ceremony’s Sofia Cavallo caught up with Kanye West’s stylist Cassius Clay — a 19-year-old sophomore at Yale. How’d he get the gig? And is he responsible for Mr. West’s new suits-only dress code? Or Kanye’s musings on Lindsay Lohan’s…

Opening Ceremony’s Sofia Cavallo caught up with Kanye West’s stylist Cassius Clay — a 19-year-old sophomore at Yale. How’d he get the gig? And is he responsible for Mr. West’s new suits-only dress code? Or Kanye’s musings on Lindsay Lohan’s fashion line? (Probably not.) Cavallo writes:

It was just another day of scouring the racks at Barneys for….Clay, when someone tapped him on the shoulder and complimented him for the way he was dressed. The man was Kanye West, and after a short conversation and an exchange of e-mail addresses, an unlikely relationship developed between the rapper and the cerebral Art History major. Within weeks, the self-described “babe of the woods” of southern New Hampshire who grew up and went to school near Boston had taken a leave of absence from his alma mater to become the rapper’s personal stylist and creative consultant.

And how did his parents react to all of this? Clay said:

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