- Filipino artist Jappy Agoncillo collaborated with Adidas for NBA star Donovan Mitchell’s latest signature shoe, D.O.N. Issue #3 “Origin Story.”
- The basketball shoes reference both Agoncillo’s and Mitchell’s roots with a map of Mitchell’s hometown in Elmsford, New York, on the right outsole and a map of Manila on the left.
- The design also pays homage to Mitchell’s home team Utah Jazz and his college team the Louisville Cardinals.
- The D.O.N. Issue #3 “Origin Story” will be launched on June 10 on the sports brand’s website, retailing for 5,800 Philippine pesos (approximately $109.63).
Filipino muralist and illustrator Jappy Agoncillo collaborated with Adidas for a special edition release of NBA star Donovan Mitchell’s latest signature shoe.
Adidas released information on the new shoes, the D.O.N. Issue #3 “Origin Story,” on Friday.
- World No. 1 amateur golfer Rose Zhang has signed an NIL (name, image and likeness) deal with sports apparel brand Adidas.
- As part of the deal, the 19-year-old Stanford University first-year student will be featured in Adidas’ marketing campaign and must wear Adidas gear on the course and during training whenever she is not representing Stanford.
- “Crazy how I am able to have this opportunity and be the first athlete to sign an NIL deal with them, thank you for all the support and love! I will be wearing the three stripes proudly,” she wrote on Instagram.
- Zhang, who won the NCAA women's individual championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, by three shots last week, is making her fourth U.S. Women’s Open appearance.
World No. 1 amateur golfer Rose Zhang has become the first student athlete to land an NIL (name, image and likeness) deal with sports apparel brand Adidas.
The endorsement was announced on Tuesday, just days after the 19-year-old Stanford University first-year student won the NCAA women’s individual championship in Scottsdale, Arizona, by three shots.
- 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.
- Nike and Adidas used to top China’s sneaker market but quickly ceased to dominate following the Xinjiang cotton controversy in early 2021.
- Both brands have released statements denouncing forced labor and maintaining that they have no connections to the region facing such allegations.
- Local Chinese brands Li Ning and Anta, which have offered support to Xinjiang cotton production, now dominate the country’s sneaker market.
Chinese consumers are no longer patronizing Nike and Adidas like they used to, a trend that is purportedly driven by nationalistic rejection of forced labor accusations against the country.
The insight comes from a new analysis by Bloomberg, which pointed to the Xinjiang cotton crisis in early 2021 as a “watershed moment.”
Adidas faced heavy criticism from social media users over a new shoe design based on Javanese “wayang kulit,” a traditional form of shadow puppetry originating from Indonesia.
Sneaker backlash: The sportswear manufacturer was accused of cultural appropriation after Adidas Singapore shared an image of wayang kulit-inspired sneakers on Instagram and implied that the artform originated in Malaysia, reported Coconuts.
Activists Call Out ‘Virtually the Entire Apparel Industry’ for Ties to Uyghur Forced Labor Camps in China
A coalition of over 180 rights groups has tagged numerous international brands for their participation in the exploitation of the Uyghur Muslim minority serving in labor camp factories in China.
Forced labor: In a letter published on Thursday, the coalition End Uyghur Forced Labour condemned major labels for allegedly sourcing their products from Xinjiang, where many ethnic minority groups, including the Turkic Uyghur people, are detained in labor camps, reports The Guardian.
A new collaboration between Adidas and The Pokémon Company will let you live your Pokémon trainer dreams — if you can get your hands on them.
With its stylish tracksuits, shirts and shoes, the new Pokémon x Adidas collection will make you at least look the part of an actual Pokémon trainer. The collection, which taps into fans’ nostalgia with 8-bit graphic designs of the characters, has got styles for both the young and the young at heart.
Adidas appears to be collaborating with Pokémon again, this time giving Pikachu the 8-bit treatment on its classic white Advantage silhouette.
Adidas is releasing limited edition Chinese New Year 2020 edition Ultraboost 20 and Ultraboost DNA sneakers this December.
The collection will come in three different Chinese-inspired culture references for both the Ultraboost 20 and Ultraboost DNA, according to Kicks on Fire.
Adidas will abandon its robot-staffed factories in the U.S. and Germany, moving some of the technology to Asia starting later this year.
After teasing the Sakura edition of the “Naruto” x Adidas collaboration sneakers, another variant has popped up and it pays tribute to Team 7’s teacher, Hatake Kakashi.View this post on Instagram