He made two visits...
jason gregory
15:21 29th September 2011

Kanye West spent £14,000 during two visits to a fabric store in East London, it has emerged.

The rapper bought zips and fabric for his new womenswear collection during the trips to London Trimmings, which is situated in Whitechapel.

Owner Ashraf Loonat, 31, told BBC Newsbeat that he couldn't believe it when the rapper first visited unannounced and without a large entourage.

“He was very polite, interested in what we had to say," he said.

"What was really good was when I asked him [Kanye] why he was here himself he said, 'I want to work from the ground upwards, I don't want to leave it to someone else.'"

Wholesaler Ashraf Loonat said West also had a cup of tea – one sugar – during the visit.

West was shopping for fabrics for his as-yet-unnamed clothing line, which is set to debut at Paris Fashion Week this Saturday (October 1).

Details of West's collection with British fashion designer Louise Goldin first surfaced earlier this year.

Professor Louise Wilson, the director of the MA in fashion course at Central Saint Martins, told the Guardian she had advised West and that he had made a donation to the college.

"I can confirm that Kanye has been to visit me twice at Saint Martins and we have briefly discussed this collaboration," she said.

"His visit was in part to employ interns for his label, and it's important to mention that he's supported our fashion school and made an immediate donation to Saint Martins, which perhaps further demonstrates his passion for the industry.”

Professor Wilson went on to describe West as a “global phenomenon and a very interesting person”, and said she expected the pair's collection to be “well-considered”.

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