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Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever”

Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 "Love You Forever"

Drake is continuing his Nike releases, sharing the forthcoming Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever” on Instagram. According to SneakerNews, the new release is dedicated to his mother and inspired by their favorite book.

The new AF1 takes the classic “white” silhouette of the low model, bringing in hearts on the forefoot and “Love you forever” in the midsole.

There are currently no release dates for the sneakers, but rumors are currently swirling for Dec. 2.

You can see the new sneaker below.

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Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever”

Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 "Love You Forever"

Drake is continuing his Nike releases, sharing the forthcoming Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever” on Instagram. According to SneakerNews, the new release is dedicated to his mother and inspired by their favorite book.

The new AF1 takes the classic “white” silhouette of the low model, bringing in hearts on the forefoot and “Love you forever” in the midsole.

There are currently no release dates for the sneakers, but rumors are currently swirling for Dec. 2.

You can see the new sneaker below.

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Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever”

Drake Teases New Nike Air Force 1 "Love You Forever"

Drake is continuing his Nike releases, sharing the forthcoming Nike Air Force 1 “Love You Forever” on Instagram. According to SneakerNews, the new release is dedicated to his mother and inspired by their favorite book.

The new AF1 takes the classic “white” silhouette of the low model, bringing in hearts on the forefoot and “Love you forever” in the midsole.

There are currently no release dates for the sneakers, but rumors are currently swirling for Dec. 2.

You can see the new sneaker below.

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Kim Kardashian ‘Reevaluating’ Relationship With Balenciaga After Brand Backlash

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Kim Kardashian has finally broken her silence following Balenciaga’s controversial ad involving children holding BDSM-style dressed teddy bears. The mother of four took to Twitter on Sunday to release her first statement since the controversy began.

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened,” Kardashian said on Twitter.

“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images. The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society — period.”

Following public backlash, Balenciaga removed their disturbing images. The ad for their Spring ’23 collection also included a printed copy of the US Supreme Court’s decision on child pornography laws in the background of an image, according to Page Six. Kim Kardashian added to her initial statement regarding her future with the fashion brand while offering empathy.

“As for my future with Balenciaga, I am currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children,” she tweeted.

Twitter users quickly dismissed Kardashian’s statement days after the distributing campaign received backlash.

“Imagine being rich enough to walk away from a job that is morally corrupt- and then not choosing to,” wrote one user.

Kanye was right about what he said about celebrities being controlled,” added another.

Ye recently called out celebrities for not speaking up just a day before his ex-wife stated she would “re-evaluate her relationship with the brand.

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Balenciaga Apologizes for Sexualizing Children in 2023 Spring Collection Campaign

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Balenciaga has issued an apology for sexualizing children in advertising new products.

According to Bloomberg, the now-deleted images featured children holding teddy bears that wore bondage gear.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused,” the brand said on Instagram. “Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children.”

The campaign included a document of a court case that had child pornography. Balenciaga also apologized for that and stated they will be “taking legal action against the parties responsible for creating the set and including unapproved items.”

“We strongly condemn abuse of children in any form. We stand for children safety and well-being,” the brand said.

This controversy comes a month after the brand distanced itself from Kanye West following his antisemitic statements.

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Balenciaga to Twitter, ‘Thanks, But No Thanks!’

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It has been a hectic couple of weeks for Twitter, which Elon Musk acquired for $44 billion. Top executives have been fired, while others resigned. Today, the fashion house Balenciaga has departed from the social media platform. While they have not given a reason, the announcement came following Twitter’s introduction ( and subsequent removal) of paid account verification. 

On November 9, the platform launched Twitter Blue, a $7.99/month service allowing anyone and everyone to pay for a verification check mark. Internet trolls quickly began to impersonate companies and send out fake tweets. The company’s stock dropped 2.2 percent due to fake tweets. This, coupled with Musk’s emphasis on free speech, has become a massive concern for companies and brands. 

The Paris-based brand declined to comment on the move but confirmed it had removed its page from the platform.

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PUMA and Dapper Dan Unveil New Streetwear Collection

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The newest collaboration between Dapper Dan, a fashion legend from Harlem, and the global sportswear company PUMA honor their shared history and creative fusion. The PUMA x DAPPER DAN collection’s initial drop will be available exclusively on Kith.com and in Kith stores in the US, Paris, and Tokyo starting today.

The partnership pays homage to the democratization of hip-hop culture by Dapper Dan in the 1980s, a period in which PUMA also became a mainstay in the streetwear industry. The four-piece capsule will feature a wide selection of modernized classics, including the designer’s interpretation of timeless items like the T7 tracksuit, PUMA Clyde sneaker, and embellished t-shirts. Dap designed a unique monogram for the product to give it a distinctively PUMA feel. The line had its runway debut in September during PUMA’s NYFW FUTROGRADE presentation.

Dap says of the collection, “The spiritual magic embodied by the puma as an animal is coming to life in the collaboration between Dapper Dan and the PUMA brand.”

In addition to commemorating the 40th anniversary of the PUMA Clyde, PUMA x DAPPER DAN will release a statement-making version of the classic sneaker with upscale additions like premium leather and jacquard, a molded metal plaque on the heel tab with an embossed co-branded logo, and a leather formstripe adorned with crystal finishings.

DAPPER and PUMA The debut collection by DAN will only be sold at KITH stores and online at www.kith.com for a suggested retail price of $70-$300. This will contain a velour t-shirt, a new graphic Clyde sneaker, and an all-over monogrammed tracksuit studded with rhinestones.

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Mitchell & Ness and Fanatics Add LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Hart, and More to Ownership Group

Mitchell & Ness and Fanatics Add LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Hart, and More to Ownership Group

Sports platform online Fanatics and a strategic investment group that included Jay-Z, Maverick Carter, Meek Mill, the D’Amelio family, and Lil Baby purchased the renowned lifestyle and street fashion company Mitchell & Ness in February. Fanatics has since announced an increase in the ownership group. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, CJ McCollum, Devin Booker, James Harden, Joel Embiid, Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Hart, Rich Paul, Rich Kleiman, Scooter Braun, and Steve Stoute are among the more prominent figures joining the unit.

This new, extended group will help Mitchell & Ness become the most diversified and culturally relevant consumer brand. They are all tastemakers and trendsetters on their own. The influential owners will utilize their position to promote upcoming partnerships, one-of-a-kind capsule collections, and additional opportunities for fans to show their love for their preferred teams and players of the past, present, and future.

During the February acquisition, Fanatics CEO Michael Rubins said: “Mitchell & Ness is an iconic brand and a pioneer within our industry. I’m incredibly excited for Fanatics to partner with this incredible group of innovative owners to build upon the company’s already strong business that has kept the brand culturally relevant for more than 100 years. Growing up as a kid in Philadelphia we looked at Mitchell & Ness as a badge of pride, and I truly believe this legendary brand has no limit.”

Fanatics has strengthened Mitchell & Ness’ already strong brand since joining the Fanatics Commerce division earlier this year by exploiting its extensive customer database and strong connections with sports franchises to draw in new, diversified fans to the licensed sports market. Through Fanatics’ already-existing connection with the League, the company recently secured new, extensive rights to design and produce merchandise for all 32 NHL teams, as well as for active and retired players. To get Mitchell & Ness items into more prestigious sports properties and player organisations, more agreements and rights purchases are being worked on.

Some of the fastest-growing segments of the Fanatics Commerce business include men’s and women’s street fashion, nostalgic authentics, and other culturally relevant product categories – all areas of competence for Mitchell & Ness.

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Ye Loses Billionaire Title After End of Adidas Deal Impacts His Net Worth

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Kanye West is no longer a billionaire. Following Adidas cutting ties with Ye, Forbes officially bumps Ye’s billionaire title, revealing that he is worth $400 million without the sportswear brand.

Before the now-defunct deal, 4 to 8% of all Adidas sales came from Ye’s Yeezy products. According to investment bank Cowen, the dead deal cost Ye $1.5 billion of his net worth. Ye did not reply to Forbes’ request for comment.

Ye’s remaining fortune comprises real estate assets, cash, his music catalog, and a minor stake in Kim Kardashian’s Skims line.

An early Tuesday morning press release from Adidas states the brand “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

The statement reads, “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

Adidas has decided to terminate the partnership, the end product of Yeezy branded products, and stop all payments to Ye and his companies, effective immediately.

Adidas also acknowledged the financial loss of terminating the partnership, stating a short-term negative impact of $250 million for the fourth quarter.

The brand states they own all design rights to existing products and previous and new colorways under the partnership.

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Adidas Announces Termination of Partnership with Ye, Set to Lose $250M

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Adidas has announced the end of its partnership with Kanye West. An early Tuesday morning press release states the brand “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

The statement reads, “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

Adidas has decided to terminate the partnership, the end product of Yeezy branded products, and stop all payments to Ye and his companies, effective immediately.

Adidas also acknowledged the financial loss of terminating the partnership, stating a short-term negative impact of $250 million for the fourth quarter.

The brand states they are the owner of all design rights to existing products and previous and new colorways under the partnership.

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