Barneys New York Chief Executive, Mark Lee met with The Rev. Al Sharpton earlier today at the National Action HQ in NYC to discuss the recent controversy surrounding racial profiling at a local Barneys store.
Mogul and Entrepreneur JAY Z was set to partner with the company for an upcoming blockbuster holiday 2013 collection, but certain events led to Jigga’s departure from the collaboration. He released an “Open Letter” over the weekend giving his reasoning’s for leaving which Mark Lee said today,
“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”
                                    You can view Mark Lee’s full apology to JAY Z below.

“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 Mister Carter. Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships. I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold. Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”

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