Travis Scott and Nike unveil their new collaboration: “British Khaki.”

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Official images of the Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki released today along with a line of merch and a raffle for the sneaker on Tuesday.

It’s been a little under a year since Travis Scott officially released his last collaboration with the Nike. The Nike Air Max 270 dubbed the “Cactus Trails” was the last thing to release other than the incredibly limited PlayStation Nike Dunks that coincided with the holiday release of the PlayStation 5.

However, it would seem the Houston rapper is ready to release again after relative silence. This is the very first time the rapper has officially released a second colorway for the same Jordan silhouette. The previous Jordan 6 colorway was called “Olive” and consisted of mostly military green accents on the sneaker with smooth suede, a small pouch on the ankle and glow in the dark soles. This new colorway, “British Khaki” is quite different with a mostly tan color palette and a much rougher suede texture. However it retains the iconic ankle pouch seen in the last Air Jordan 6.

With that being said, this is likely not the last shoe release we will see from Cactus Jack in 2021. Many images have surfaced of a possible collaboration between Travis Scott and Fragment which could result in a brand new colorway for La Flame’s iconic backwards swoosh Air Jordan 1.

However, those are just leaks and fans of Travis Scott will have to await any more news of new Nike collaborations.

The Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki releases on April 30, 2021.

Kobe Bryant’s estate ends deal with Nike

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Over a year after the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his wife, Vanessa Bryant elected to not renew the players deal with Nike which expired earlier this month.

In a statement to ESPN, Vanessa Bryant said, “Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports across the globe. It seems fitting that more NBA players wear my husband’s product than any other signature shoe.”

Nike responded to Bryant’s choice in an official statement that read, “Kobe Bryan was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. He pushed us and made everyone around him better. Through our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”

The last Kobe release was on April 13th, a restock of the Kobe 6 “Grinch,” a sneaker commemorating the five year anniversary of his 60-point final game. However, as of now, there will be no future Kobe releases.

“My hope will always be to allow Kobe’s fans to get and wear his products,” Vanessa Bryant said to ESPN. “I will continue to fight for that. Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. That says everything.

Vanessa Bryant confirmed to ESPN that the estate owns the rights to the “Mamba” logo and his signature. With that being said, Bryant’s estate is now free to negotiate with any other brand for a new partnership should they choose.

Gap CEO confirms Yeezy Gap is still going forward

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A recent statement from Gap Inc.’s CEO, Sonia Syngal revealed that Kanye West is still hard at work, developing their anticipated Yeezy Gap collaboration.

Syngal spoke to Business of Fashion last Thursday and said, “I spoke to Yeezy last night and he’s very, very focused on this incredible opportunity.”

The official 10-year-deal between the Yeezy brand and Gap was announced back in June 2020. The deal involves the YEEZY studio designing a brand new clothing line of “elevated” basics for men, women and kids at “accessible” prices, but overall the partnership is meant to expose both brands to new audiences.

It’s a partnership come full circle for West as he used to work for a Gap store in Chicago when he was a teen.

The deal also comes at the perfect time for Gap Inc. as according to Sourcing Journal the brand plans to shut-down approximately 100 Gap and Banana Republic stores globally. This includes 75 in North America alone. However, West’s commitment to the collaboration has already created buzz for the 52-year-old brand and Gap anticipates a very strong start to 2021.

“The brand is back in a conversation at the zeitgeist of culture where it belongs,” said Syngal.

The official release of Yeezy Gap is set to release during the first half of 2021.

Vice President and General Manager of Nike Ann Herbert resigns after news of ties to sneaker reselling

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Ann Herbert, the vice president and general manager of Nike’s North American division “departed” the company on Monday, according to an official statement from the sportswear brand.

Herbert had worked for the retail giant for over 25 years and had only been recently promoted to VP/GM last June.

The news came after a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, published four days ago, confirmed Herbert’s connection to West Coast Streetwear, an online sneaker and street wear reselling store owned and operated by her 19-year-old son, Joe Herbert. According to the article, the younger Herbert had run $132,000 worth of limited sneakers on an American Express card, a card which was later revealed to have been in Ann Herbert’s name.

The article in question detailed the ever-profitable sneaker reselling market, heavily focusing on Joe’s company. The reseller provided profit margins in the hundred thousands. He would process thousands of transactions on any given day thanks to e-commerce websites like StockX which specialize in selling high-demand goods.

In the same article, Joe declined to speak on his sources of information but told Bloomberg Businessweek, “If you know the right people here, this is the city to sell shoes.” The city he’s referring to being Portland, where both Nike and Adidas have headquarters.

With that being said, Joe maintained his mothers involvement with the company had been “removed” from his reselling business and that he had not even received so much as information from her. It was also stated by a Nike spokesperson that they had received “relevant” information about West Coast Streetwear from Ann herself.

“There was no violation of company policy, privileged information or conflicts of interest, nor is there any commercial affiliation between WCS LLC and Nike, including the direct buying or selling of Nike products,” said the spokesperson.

Despite this Herbert decided to voluntarily resign her position at Nike and could not be immediately reached for any comment on the matter. West Coast Streetwear has also closed its website for the time being.

In Nike’s original statement they also announced their plans to announce a new head of their North American division shortly.

New York clothing brand Noah introduces a clothing recycling program

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Not Dead Yet is Noah’s solution to textile waste, its a clothing recycling program that offers their consumers the ability to send their used clothing back for a second chance at life.

“We don’t think of clothing as disposable, but sometimes you can outgrow or simply fall out of love with a garment. We’d like to offer you the option to bring or send used Noah items back to us,” said the New York-based brand in an Instagram post.

Old and used products can be either mailed or returned in person to their Soho location to l later be repurposed. Noah plans to wash and repair old garments to be resold or donate them to organizations like New York Cares to get clothes for people in need. Additionally, any clothing they deem unwearable will be recycled and turned into things like wiping rags or insolation.

Textile waste has been one of the rising issues due to fast fashion brands generating thousands of pieces every year to stay on trend. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills making up 5.8 percent of the total municipal solid waste generation that year.

What Noah is offering is a alternative in order to slow the continued waste of textiles. “What we’re really excited about is finding ways to keep our clothes in use, rather than forgotten or thrown away,” said the brand.

The current store credit rates Noah is offering is as follows:

Outerwear/Jackets – $40

T-Shirts – $4

Tops & Shirts – $7

Sweatshirts & Sweaters -$15

Everything Else (Pants/Shoes) – $20

With that being said, not all products are eligible to the program. Bags, hats, beanies swimsuits, accessories or jewelry are not able to be returned. Additionally items must have a logo or composition tag intact in order to receive credit.

eBay officially launches sneaker authentication program to stop fake products

Online marketplace, eBay, launches their newest authentication program today in order to end the vending of counterfeit sneakers.

The original program, “Authenticity Guarantee” was initially only available for watches over $2,000 in the U.S. However, not unlike their consignment competitors StockX and Goat they’ve extended their program to “new and pre-owned collectible sneakers sold on eBay for over $100 in the U.S.”

The sneaker marketplace has become one of the largest and most active online. According to eBay, there are over half a million sneaker listings on their site each day and every 1.5 seconds a sneaker is sold.

“Authentication has become an expectation for today’s consumers in categories of high passion and high value, and this program makes eBay the most attractive platform for enthusiasts in these categories.” says SVP and General Manager of eBay North America, Jordan Sweetnam.

Here’s how eBay’s new Authenticity Guarantee works: Once a sneakers purchase is made it is first shipped to an independent third-party authentication facility. There said sneaker is given a ” rigorous assessment” before being sent to the buyer via expedited shipping.

The program is also designed to work inversely. For the sellers who offer returns the returning sneakers will go through the verification process again to ensure the same item is given back to the seller.

Verified sneakers are said to come complete with its very own eBay tag signifying its authenticity, similar to StockX’s trademark green tag.

This is not the first time eBay has taken jabs at StockX. Back in April when StockX announced they would be adding a new 3 percent processing fee to all subsequent purchases eBay’s twitter immediately fired back in a tweet that read, “We wanted to take this moment to remind our sneaker community that eBay has ZERO fees for buyers and ZERO fees for sellers $100+. Just sayin’.”

The program for now will only be eligible for “most popular sneaker styles and brands” on the market. However, by early 2021 eBay plans to extend this program to all sneaker purchases over 100 dollars.

Forbes video reveals hundreds of new Yeezy samples

Today the popular American business magazine: Forbes released an article and video detailing the process behind the creation of Kanye West’s Yeezy line. In said video, hundreds of Yeezy samples were shown in the classic sneaker wheel format. Among them were some unreleased Yeezys yet to be officially announced and or released.

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Yeezy 451

Yeezy Basketball

Aside from that, the video is incredibly interesting. Kanye West is an incredibly fascinating artist who’s known for his vibrant and sometimes off-kilter personality. However, the video itself doesn’t focus much on him but his creations. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual publicity he’s been known to receive to the past. While some of his quirks still manage to rear its way into his interactions with the interviewer it’s equally as easy to pick up on the passion he speaks with as he reminisces about the Yeezy line.

Once again, Kanye thanks the popular anime film Akira for inspiring the creation of the Yeezy brand but he also cites the Lamborgini as another big influence. He even goes as far as to call the Yeezy “the Lamborgini of shoes.” When asked about numbers Kanye responded with “I’m not a numbers guy” and then launched into a long-winded speech about how you cant calculate the love you feel when creating something by using a complicated metaphor about the interviewer’s grandmother.

The article and video are strangely entertaining and getting to new Yeezy’s up close and personal are very exciting. Hopefully, the world will get to see these models relatively soon. We are running on Kanye time after all.

The full article can be found here: Kanye’s Second Coming: Inside The Billion-Dollar Yeezy Empire