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American artist sues Shein for $100 million over copyright infringement

  • Florida-based artist Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson, is suing Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages for using her artwork without her consent.
  • Stephensen filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15.
  • Her complaint stated that the Chinese online retailer took some of her copyright-protected work from her Instagram from 2019 to 2021 and sold unauthorized copies for as low as $4 per print.
  • The filing also noted that Shein “intentionally” opted to remove Stephenson’s copyright management information (CMI) from the artwork – including her name and signature.
  • Stephenson noted four cases in which Shein purportedly used other artists’ work without authorization. She also claimed that the company has already been sued in more than 30 separate actions for infringement and/or unfair competition in the Central District of California.

A Florida artist has filed a lawsuit against Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages after the brand purportedly used her artwork without her consent.

Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson and residing in Jacksonville, Florida, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15. Stephenson also reportedly presented her certificate of registration from the U.S. Copyright Office for her artwork “One Is Good, More Is Better.”

New ‘mabuhay’ kicks from Vans shows off Filipino culture, ‘Checkerbayan’ pattern with Philippines flag

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  • Filipino American artist DJ Javier collaborated with Vans to design three new pairs of shoes celebrating Filipino culture.
  • The new Vans x DJ Javier shoes have Filipino-inspired design features, such as the Philippines flag, sampaguita, carabao, mabuhay, aspins, salakót and Lapulapu.
  • The Sk8-Hi top and Slip-On VR3 SF shoes were all launched June 12 on Vans’ website and have already sold out in most sizes within a week. Fortunately, another batch of shoes will be released along with the Slide-On Sandals in early July.

Filipino American artist DJ Javier collaborated with skateboarding shoe company Vans to design three new pairs of kicks celebrating Filipino culture.

Raised in Goleta, California, DJ Javier began developing his artistic career in high school. His bold artworks marry graphic design and fine art and can be found across the nation in cities like Los Angeles and New York.

Johnston & Murphy stirs Instagram firestorm over anti-Asian DMs, ‘#ChingChong’ in bio

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  • Footwear brand Johnston & Murphy is in hot water after several Instagram users exposed racist, anti-Asian comments and messages they received from its verified account this week.
  • The firestorm appears to have started after Pughaus founder Jason Wong received comments from the account that read “Kim Jong Un” and “Ching ching ching cing ching cong chong chong.”
  • Wong took a screenshot of the comments and exposed them online, forcing the account in question to reach them on Instagram.
  • The person behind the account called Wong a “CH*NK MOTHERF*CKER” and claimed that they were Asian, but “not the one that started COVID.”
  • At least two other Instagram users that called out the brand received offensive messages from its account as well.
  • In a parting message to Wong, the account said they will claim to have been “hacked” and invited him to continue their conversation on their personal account, which they identified as “@JeromeBasilio.”
  • Shortly after the chaos, Johnston & Murphy released a statement claiming that their Instagram page has been “compromised.”
  • In a statement to NextShark, Jerome Basilio, who owns the account @jeromebasilio, denied any association with Johnston & Murphy and said he himself is being targeted by hackers online.

Johnston & Murphy landed in hot water on Wednesday night after several Instagram users exposed racist, anti-Asian comments and messages they received from the footwear brand’s verified account this week.

The firestorm appears to have erupted after the company’s account left comments on a photo posted by serial entrepreneur Jason Wong on June 4. Under the image, Johnston & Murphy’s account wrote “Kim Jong Un” on Monday, followed by “Ching ching ching cing ching cong chong chong” on Wednesday.

Win love by daylight with new Sailor Moon x Vans sneakers this summer

  • Vans is set to release a new sneaker collaboration with iconic anime “Sailor Moon” on June 10.
  • The Sailor Moon x Vans Authentic has a predominantly light blue canvas upper with images of the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask emblazoned throughout.
  • The Sailor Moon x Vans Sk8-Hi has a white-based high-top canvas upper with purple accents. It also features several “Sailor Moon” characters.
  • Vans Japan posted more images of the shoes and other Sailor Moon x Vans products.

Footwear brand Vans is teaming up with iconic anime Sailor Moon for an exciting new sneaker collaboration.

Retailer Foot Locker has shared images of two designs from the collection, Sailor Moon x Vans Authentic and Sk8 Hi styles, along with a countdown suggesting a June 10 release date.

Nike to release Jōnin-inspired Jordan Air sneakers from Naruto x Zion Williamson collab

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  • Jordan Brand is set to release its new Jōnin-inspired Jordan Air 200E SP sneakers – a collaboration with “Naruto” and NBA player Zion Williamson.
  • Taking inspiration from the high-ranking Jōnin ninja warrior class in “Naruto” lore, the new shoe features the color scheme “Carbon Green/Muslin/Metallic Silver/University Red” and other elements that pay homage to the elite ninjas’ uniforms, from a mesh base to front tips that look like wrist wraps.
  • Besides the iconic Jumpman logo, the shoe also has green midsoles and translucent outsoles, as well as the Uzushiogakure symbol and the Konoha symbol on the back heels.
  • The main colorway was officially released on May 11. The two other colorways, along with the “Naruto” x Jordan Air 200E SP Jōnin, will be available starting on Wednesday.

Jordan Brand will release its new Jōnin-inspired Jordan Air 200E SP sneakers – a collaboration with the Naruto IP and NBA player Zion Williamson – later this week.

Taking inspiration from the high-ranking Jōnin ninja warrior class in Naruto lore, the new shoe features the color scheme “Carbon Green/Muslin/Metallic Silver/University Red” and other elements that pay homage to the elite ninjas’ uniforms, from a mesh base to front tips that look like wrist wraps.

Chinese designer Guo Pei holds largest US exhibition of her work at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor

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  • Internationally renowned Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei debuted her largest-ever U.S. exhibition at the Legion of Honor, an art museum in San Francisco.
  • “Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy” highlights over 80 pieces of the couturier’s works from the past 20 years.
  • Scheduled to run until Sept. 5, the exhibition has already been attracting throngs of people and is on its way to becoming one of the museum's most popular exhibitions of all time.
  • Guo is known for her intricate designs that combine “the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world.”
  • The 55-year-old designer, widely considered to be China’s first couturier, has made a name for herself in the international fashion scene, with her sought-after creations reaching fashion shows in cities such as Paris, San Francisco and Beijing.

Internationally renowned Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei debuted her largest-ever U.S. exhibition at the Legion of Honor, an art museum in San Francisco. 

“Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy” highlights over 80 pieces of her works from the past 20 years. Scheduled to run until Sept. 5, the exhibition has already been attracting throngs of people and is on its way to becoming one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions of all time. 

Report: Xinjiang cotton found in Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss tops

  • Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts from some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss.
  • Agroisolab researchers explained that nature leaves behind a “signature” in cotton, caused by the “climate and geology” of a place.
  • The signature is what scientists call an “isotopic fingerprint,” which enables them to assign the place of origin in a piece of cotton.
  • Adidas and Puma made commitments in 2020 to not source any cotton from the Xinjiang region due to allegations of forced labor in the region.
  • Xinjiang cotton has been a high point of controversy due to reports that more than half a million ethnic minorities, particularly Uyghur Muslims, are being forced to pick cotton via “labor programs.”
  • In response to recent claims made in a report from The Guardian, both Adidas and Puma reiterated that their companies did not source cotton from the Xinjiang region.

Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts by some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, despite their commitments not to source from the Chinese region due to allegations of forced labor. 

According to the German public broadcaster NDR on Thursday, scientists from the Agroisolab in Jülich revealed through isotope analysis that shirts from major German clothing labels, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss, have traces of Xinjiang cotton in them.

Hoops photographer Koolmac designs boba tea-inspired Air Jordan 36 Low sneakers for Nike collab

  • Cameron Look, who goes by “Koolmac” on Instagram, posted pictures on Monday to showcase the boba tea-inspired Air Jordan 36 Low sneakers he designed in official collaboration with the Jordan brand.
  • The artist told NextShark that talks about the project began in late 2021: “It definitely took some time, but it was well worth the wait. The creative process is always fun.”
  • On Sunday, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was spotted rocking the Koolmac-designed shoes during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Playoffs.
  • “I’ve built a strong relationship with Jayson over the past four years when he trains in L.A. during the off-season with Drew Hanlen,” Koolmac said. “The colorway was perfect since he plays for the Boston Celtics, and the timing couldn’t have been better given the fact that it’s both NBA playoffs and AAPI Heritage Month.”

Asian American basketball photographer Koolmac finally achieved his dream of designing his own Jordan sneakers.

Cameron Look, who goes by “Koolmac” on Instagram, posted pictures on Monday to showcase the boba tea-inspired Air Jordan 36 Low sneakers he designed in collaboration with the Jordan brand.

Why some Asians say ‘Hope you get rich’ instead of ‘Happy new year’

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There’s no celebration in the world like Lunar New Year — red envelopes, firecrackers, lion dances and people saying “Gong hei fat choy” in Cantonese or  “Gong xi fa cai” in Mandarin to each other.

The only thing is, those phrases don’t mean Happy New Year. It’s wishing you good fortune, wealth and riches. So when did Chinese people and other Asian groups start saying this phrase?

China defends inclusion of traditional Korean dress in Olympic opening ceremony

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  • A spokesperson for China’s embassy has responded to criticism over the presenter who wore a traditional Korean outfit during the 2022 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
  • The Chinese Embassy in Seoul released a statement saying that hanboks belong to all ethnic Koreans around the world, including those in China, and that they wanted to represent the Chinese-Korean community.
  • They also stated that Chinese-Koreans and Koreans of the Korean peninsula share a common ancestry and traditional culture.
  • China’s embassy said it hopes that South Koreans can respect those of Chinese nationalities, including ethnic Koreans, who are also known as “Chaoxianzu.”

The Chinese Embassy in South Korea has responded to the backlash over a presenter wearing a hanbok during the 2022 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

A spokesperson for the embassy in Seoul explained that the presenter was included to represent ethnic Koreans living in China who share common Korean traditions with those living in the Korean peninsula. 

‘Protect Our Elders’ by Eastern People to Donate All Profits to Charity

Asian communities everywhere have been left reeling since the shocking and heartbreaking assault and robbery of an elderly Chinese man collecting cans in San Francisco hit social media last week.

please share this with your friends & family. this is so low, the older man was just trying to make ends meet for his family. he didn’t deserve this. this is ignorant, inhumane, & sickening. i’m praying for this man and his family. if you have any information, please reach out. pic.twitter.com/545xHFwPm4

Meet EASTERN PEOPLE, a New Clothing Collective for Asian Cultures

There used to be a time where many Asians in America felt they had to hide parts of their culture just to “fit in.” Our ethnic foods “smelled bad,” the way we looked was always “foreign,” and many of us were pushed to assimilate into something that wasn’t true to ourselves. It’s time we get back to living in the best cultures for us.

That’s why we’re happy to introduce Eastern People, a clothing collective inspired by all the rich cultures of people from the East, designed by and for all Asians.