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W has just released the full Kanye West interview from whence this morning’s “I Am a God” story came and there are many more gems and insights, as well as the news that West will indeed return to fashion design–in more ways than one, it sounds like.

He responds to the criticism of his two Paris Fashion Week outings–the second of which got somewhat better reviews than the first. His response was basically that everyone was just wrong: “The first collection was way better than the second,” he says. “It was more artful. It was 30 collections in one. It just takes time for me to slow down and think like a normal person.” Though, it sounds like that criticism helped lead West in the direction of his next fashion outing, which we’re about 95% sure is a collaboration with A.P.C. He says, “I tried to come out of the gate going crazy. And it didn’t work. So now I have to somehow put out something that says, ‘I look sensible!’” W‘s Christopher Badgley writes that West’s “new men’s capsule collection of jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies for a hip French brand” is coming out in July. Last February, A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou told GQ that he and West “wanted to do something related to clothes that’s not high fashion.” Also, here’s a picture from December of West and Touitou working together.

But if you had your heart set on something a little more creatively ambitious from West, worry not. Apparently, he’s set up an atelier in Milan from which to stage his return to fashion, even though he was still decorating his house in Paris at the time of the interview. Granted, he hasn’t had much luck in Paris with his fashion career, so perhaps he thinks things will go better for him in Milan? The Italian fashion industry could use some of his confidence right now, it sounds like.

West also touches on his other fashion project: Kim Kardashian. He doesn’t take too much credit for his girlfriend and baby mama’s recent outfits (just about all of which have been met with criticism): “Nobody can tell my girl what to do,” he says. “She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from.”

But also does: “For her to take that risk in front of the world, it just shows you how much she loves me.”

He also says, “Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory. Shit is real. You’re not going to find a chink. It’s 100,000 percent Jimi Hendrix.” Whatever that means.

More generally, West tells Badgley that, across all fields, “people are going to look back 10 or 20 years from now and say, ‘Man, I remember such and such was like this, but then Kanye got involved, and now it’s like this.’” We figure he’s probably counting Kim Kardashian and fashion among those “such and such-es.” At the very least, it will be interesting what that yields in terms of future Kanye West collections, of which we kind of feel like there will be many.

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