Pablo is back and he’s coming to a city near you! Kanye West announced on Wednesday that he and his team would be setting up 21 pop up shops around the globe selling merchandise tied to his most recent album, “The Life of Pablo.”
The shops are slated to open on Friday, Aug. 19, according to Vogue magazine. Several are expected to open on five of seven continents including North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. U.S. shoppers in and around Los Angeles, New York City, Houston and Miami will have the opportunity to score “TLOP” merch — though they should expect to wait in extremely long lines and brave hoards of eager shoppers. Other locations include London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. Exact addresses for each store will appear on West’s website one hour before the store opens. West will likely tweet out updates as the openings approach. To date, Vogue reports that West has sold $1 million in “The Life of Pablo” merch and he’s expected to rake in even more as the “Saint Pablo” tour kicks off on later this month.
It remains unclear what West, 39, will debut in the shops. In March, he opened a similar temporary store in which he sold T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts and denim jackets. He has also unveiled a number of new pieces at festivals and online, including a top paying homage to his late mother, Donda West. Prices for each item vary. “TLOP” denim jackets are said to have been sold for nearly $400 and reappeared online at reselling sites like Ebay for more than double that price.
Tickets for the “Saint Pablo” tour were released in June. West announced dates and venues in a post on his website. The tour includes more than 30 stops in North America and is expected to span more than two months. The first show is slated to take place Aug. 25, in Indianapolis, Indiana. West will continue traveling the United States through October, performing his last show in Las Vegas. Tickets were difficult to obtain, despite having been made available several different ways. Presale tickets were made available to AMEX card holders several days before the general public. Tidal subscribers also got early access to a number of tickets. “Saint Pablo” tickets were originally sold for between $29 and $199.
West first discussed the tour in May during an appearance on Steve Harvey’s morning radio show. When asked about his plans, West said that his “tour game is strong.” He assured listeners that he would be hitting the road in the fall, adding that he and his team were hard at work hashing out ideas. He then compared himself to Walt Disney, telling the show’s host he wanted to “inspire these kids” with everything he does.
“My tour game is strong. My tour game is unprecedented. We’re gonna go out in September, I believe,” he said. “We’re working on the ideas now. I’m trying to inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me, the way I saw the original ‘Star Wars.’ Everybody know, they know, the people that run Hollywood know! They know what it is!”