Jason Wu Target "Vulture" Says He's Donating Clothes to Charity UPDATE

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When designer Jason Wu's limited edition collection for Target went on sale earlier this month, a couple at the Midtown Miami Target store rampaged their way through the clothing section and made off with a large chunk of the collection. The story and accompanying YouTube video made blog headlines all across the Internet, and many figured they were planning to sell the clothes for marked up prices on eBay.

Now, one half of the couple, Kevin Wills -- AKA DJ Midas -- tells Riptide he never planned to resell the clothes for a profit. Instead he says he plans to sell the clothes at a charity event benefiting Dress for Success.


"I like doing charity stuff," he says. "I like going to the ghetto and passing stuff out of my car."

So a few weeks before the launch of the Jason Wu collection he claims he got an idea to grab as many of the clothes he could with a plan to give them away for charity. Along with his girlfriend he was the first to arrive at Target that morning and says it took them about 40 seconds to load up each cart.The total bill once he was done: Just under $5,300.

Unsurprisingly the rest of the shoppers weren't too pleased, and a mini-fiasco broke out.

"One lady dug her nails into me and made me bleed," he says. "She slammed her cart into my leg."

Wills says he overheard other shoppers talking about plans to resell the clothing anyway, so he didn't feel too bad about his actions. He also says he made sure to leave a few of each item behind, and let some of the more polite shoppers take items they wanted from his cart.

"I was so upset by the way they acted I didn't want to appease them by telling them that what I was doing was for charity."

So now Wills has unveiled his grand charitable plans: a March 4th event at the Stage to benefit Dress for Success.

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The flyer features Wills in bed with his Wu loot and receipt
After purchasing a $10 entrance ticket each participant will be entered into a raffle to win one of 14 Jason Wu for Target scarfs. If $5,000 is raised before the event, the rest of the clothing will be donated directly to Dress for Success. If not, event goers will be able to shop the collection. Pieces will sell for sticker price plus taxers, but shoppers are expected to make an additional charitable donation.

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bretsux
bretsux

More than bodyparts in a fridge - he fancies himself as a PORN star! Google "pinger68". He is former military and now thanks to having a copy of the porn video, he can forget about that job! Oh, and he recently got married but failed to tell his long time girlfriend. What a HUGE D-bag

Anon
Anon

From Facebook:Dress for Success MiamiWe would like to thank our entire South Florida community for always supporting Dress for Success Miami! However, due to recent circumstances regarding an upcoming event with DJ Midas at The Stage Miami, we must respectfully decline this opportunity to be the Charity of choice, we trust that DJ Midas will continue to support those in need & work towards this goal with integrity and class. ~DFS

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

Miami New Times you are late in the game. This event was cancelled last night. 

Dj Midas
Dj Midas

Your phone calls worked. Dress For Success corp forced the Miami chapter to back out. It doesn't hurt me but you've taken opportunities away from the women involve with the organisation.. You have succeeded.... Be proud people... 

Cspan
Cspan

My Dear! There is absolutely no mention of this event anywhere on The Stages event calendar!Are they ashamed? Or is this a total scam!Miami New Times; can you please get to the bottom of this one?

anti-vulture
anti-vulture

First of all, why on earth would you choose such a skeevy photo for your flyer? It's obviously something you took to gloat, to try and one up all the people you cheated. Second of all, if it was for charity allll along, why would you go and post this on the blog that originally called you out? "My 4 second head start makes hipster chicks cry. If I want to be the 1st person at Target at 6:30am to buy all the Wu my heart desires and do ass I please with it "Craigslist, Ebay" cloth the homeless or use it to wipe my ass.... What business is it of yours? I broke no rules/laws and I defiantly did not push anyone. I'm sorry that I'm faster then you... maybe you should have ordered the Venti and got to the store at 6:29am."Oops! Everyone knows your game, bro. Get real. You're a jerk, deal with it, it obviously doesn't bother you much from your perpetually slimy expression. And really, of all the things you could do for charity, you came up with this far-fetched, bizarre, and hare-brained idea? Such a joke.

Fashionlist
Fashionlist

I am sure Jason Wu corporate would not approve of this debacle! As a matter of fact I will email this flyer to his office to stop this insanity! Im sure his copyright lawyers will not approve!

Erikat
Erikat

Who the hell advised you to do this? It has to be the worst PR person in the industry! Get your money back!Noone in their sane mind will believe you!

Enon
Enon

"If $5,000 is raised before the event, the rest of the clothing will be donated directly to Dress for Success. If not, event goers will be able to shop the collection" = "Once I've recovered my outlay from this fiasco, the ghetto peeps can have the rest of the scraps."

Money
Money

mannnnn fuck you midas, kyle, target and everybody's couch.

blahblah29
blahblah29

"he likes going to the ghetto and passing stuff out of his car," really?  learn to compose a charitable message you fool!

Poser
Poser

lol, what a joke, didn't seem to mention this when he was defending himself the day it happened (on Ginger's blog).

Agreed, The Stage should steer clear of this.  But perhaps they don't know the backstory...

Morgan
Morgan

I also think this is bullshit. Bad PR for The Stage and I know the chick who does it...I might have to chat with her...

Orlando
Orlando

"charity stuff"? Going "to the ghetto"?

Yeah. That's how altruistic people speak when they're about to be published promoting their charity.

Electricblogarella
Electricblogarella

Bullshit. I was there the day he took it all and he told me with his own mouth that he would sell me stuff in the parking lot. Doing things for charity is nice. Lying and saying it was your original intention, not so much. I hope the charity profits greatly and I hope you earn some karma points, you need 'em.

ThanktheMonks
ThanktheMonks

If the vulture's true intention was to benefit the needy he could have left the clothing (or  $5300)at a women's shelter and called it a day.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

How is it that even when you backtrack from a negative experience and attempt to organize an event for charity, you still come off as a pompous douche? The proper move here was to admit there was some wrongdoing on your part, apologize, and THEN announce the raffle and charity event. Yes, astute individuals would figure out the saving-face ploy, but at least they couldn't fault you for trying to make amends. Now, not only do your comments sound borderline racist, the grammar errors in your email confirms what your dissenters knew all along: that you're an opportunist and an imbecile.

Midas1200
Midas1200

It never hurts to check the facts. One half of a story is one half of the truth. (Thank you Kyle for being the only person to do just that).

I've been told that people are boycotting curtain ebay members because they think its me selling Jasun Wu clothing. These people might need the money to feed their families. I've been an ebay member since 2001 and I've never sold a thing on there. As for my girlfriend, she doesn't even have an ebay account.  My ebay handle is midas1200. Facts can save you the horrible experience of tasting your own foot.

I have to clarify that the charity event is to benefit Dress For Success "Miami" as per the Founder/Executive Director's request. She has schooled my on the logistics of doing organized charity work. Putting this event together has been no walk in the park. I've had to cross many obstacles, venues backing out, sponsors scared of bad PR, etc.... mostly to do with all the negative light that has been cast upon me. At times I felt like I was going to fail at putting this together. 

I enjoy doing charity work very much. I don't know about going to the "ghetto" but I have gone to Overtown and passed out toys to underprivileged children. I'll be the first to admit that I don't get envolved anywhere near as much as I would like to. Weather the excuse being, I'm too busy with work or just sometimes.... (it sucks to admit).... just too plain lazy. I'm nowhere near perfect but when I get involved with helping people less fortunate then myself, there really is no better feeling.

I hope the people that have been negative about this can swallow a little pride, come to the event and support a great organization. 

-Midas

MSol
MSol

Fucking really? Are we expected to believe this bullshit? I can't believe The Stage is stupid enough to host this ridiculous event by a dude who is clearly trying to save face after being caught red handed acting like a dick... Nice try, DJ Midas...

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

I think Dress for Success Miami has a very odd definition of what constitutes integrity and class.

bretsux
bretsux

@Bret Bryon bigger d-bag than posting porn videos of yourself? Your military CAREER is over Little boy! Might as well move in with your WIFE!

Bret Bryon
Bret Bryon

C'mon JennyLee, stop being so diplomatic!  We all know what you're thinking, so come on out and say it:

Kevin Wills is a lying, opportunistic, hipster douchebag fucktard, and you hate him and his skanky-ass jizz-encrusted girlfriend, and you can't believe you ever got roped into being involved in an event that was organized by such a colossal fuckwit.

Nobody will fault you for saying it.

Bebep
Bebep

Pretty sure this was written yesterday morning.

Bret Bryon
Bret Bryon

Holy shit dude, just apologize, you arrogant hipster fuck!

My next trip to Miami, I swear, I may be way too tempted to find you and beat your ass.

Midassucks
Midassucks

just donate the clothes, you scumbag. too worried about getting your $5000 back.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

 Not really.  You can still donate the clothing to Dress For Success since that's what you were going to do anyways, right?

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Oh and the Facebook event page was taken down!

Some copy from the cached version:

"With a $10 admission fee, patrons will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of fourteen Jason Wu scarves. There will be an auction of Jason Wu purses and Andrew A. Antonaccio's original art pieces.

A Jason Wu popup shop will be set up, where you can purchase any item(s) (which sold out of stores on the 1st day) for sticker price plus tax, an additional donation will be required. Denomination will be left to consumers level of generosity."

He conveniently fails to mention that he took almost the entire stock from one location.

doesn'taddup
doesn'taddup

I just looked on their website and you are right....it isn't there....on another story I read about this someone commented that his ebay id is j*swillis.  I looked at the jason wu sold by that seller id and it is in Miami....sounds fishy to me

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

Thank you your objective comment. The Stage wasn't aware of the controversy associated with the event when the event was booked by management. In the end, The Stage was happy to host a charitable event to benefit Dress for Success Miami but as of last night, the event has been cancelled. As you may know, The Stage frequently hosts fundraising events and offers the space at no-cost. In the last year, The Stage has helped raise over $100,000 at the venue. 

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

Hi Morgan, bad PR for The Stage? Sorry, but this had nothing to do with The Stage. We were approached to host a charity event and management offered the space because it was a charitable cause of Dress for Success Miami. In the last year, The Stage has hosted many fundraising events for FREE and have helped raise over $100,000 for various charities. Please don't pin this on The Stage and associate this amazing live music venue with the chaos this has all become because we're in it for the right reasons. In any case, the event was cancelled last night. Let me know when you'd like to have that chat. 

Bret Bryon
Bret Bryon

no shit... I am surpirised that he didn't say "I was just trying to help out all those poor unfashionably icky negroes."  what an asshole!

Worldacc
Worldacc

I completely agree with you!

Hoodie4u
Hoodie4u

Wow, after a post like that -- if you ever organize a charity event, i will certainly donate. 

Bret Bryon
Bret Bryon

For starters, Kevin Wills, I am not refering to you as "Midas"...

It doesn't matter whether you did what you did for charity or not.  The fact is that you took advantage of Target not setting a maximum number of items per shopper and you went nuts, screwing over every other shopper there who waited for a chance to buy anything.  Regardless of your motives, you myopically inconvenienced hundreds of people.  And your argument that some of the others were going to resell on eBay is bullshit!

That would be like me lilling your mom, saying I did it for charity, and then said "But hey, I heard somebody else was gonna kill that asshole's mom for pure profit!"

It doesn't matter what your motive or anybody else's motives were; your behavior was thoughless, selfish, and totally fucked up!

You and your girlfriend are a couple of self-absorbed hipster douchbags and I hope you both get a treminal case of herpes, you pasty Justin Beiber looking fucktard!

In the immortal words of Wesley Willis: Suck a llama's dick!

Money
Money

Only when pigs fly will i believe this bullsheee. Are you sure you werent just scoring some rock in the 'ghetto'? Pics or it didnt happen (kind of like your musical skills).

Not buying it
Not buying it

So why is it that you are heard on the video offering to sell the stuff in the parking lot and to go look for it on Ebay? Nice try!

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Hey, good luck with the charity work and all, but pretty sure you're just trying to save face because you finally realize you looked like a total ass.

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

The Stage wasn't aware of the controversy associated with the event when the event was booked by management. In the end, The Stage was happy to host a charitable event to benefit Dress for Success Miami but as of last night, the event has been cancelled. As you may know, The Stage frequently hosts fundraising events and offers the space at no-cost. In the last year, The Stage has helped raise over $100,000 at the venue. So no, The Stage wasn't "stupid enough" to host the event, we hand the intentions of hosting a charitable event as we often do for the benefit of Dress for Success Miami. 

Captn
Captn

kyle is a homey of midas apparently. Biased blogging is lower than fox.... and dj midas sucks baaaaawwwwlsssssss.

doesn'taddup
doesn'taddup

I agree, donate the clothes if you intentions have always been so honorable.

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

The Facebook page created by DJ Midas was taken down last night and the event at The Stage has been cancelled. The Stage wasn't aware of the controversy associated with the event when the event was booked by management. In the end, The Stage was happy to host a charitable event to benefit Dress for Success Miami but as of last night, the event has been cancelled. As you may know, The Stage frequently hosts fundraising events and offers the space at no-cost. In the last year, The Stage has helped raise over $100,000 at the venue.

Elpingu
Elpingu

you and your pr. Why dont you please fuck off with the same ol redundant comments

Digiatlhippies
Digiatlhippies

Somebody keep an eye on that psycho BRET BRYON...there may be some human body parts in his freezer. This dude is going nutty over clothes...FROM TARGET!!! No humans were harmed only materialistic egos. What are you REALLY mad about BRET BRYON? No pussy in years, maybe? Mad cause you can't get a lady like him? Or maybe you can't afford to buy something out like he did? Spread a little love, Bro. You're coming off as an even BIGGER DOUCHE...in ending, BRET BYRON, I am not referring to you as BRET BYRON, but more appropriately...CUNT.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

That may be a little over the top.

fozzybear
fozzybear

Why not make a profit off of people who are stupid enough to overpay for a product that is only $20. Are you people really that upset that he took an opportunity to either make money for himself, or if he is telling the truth, make money for a charity?

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