Nike is accused of racism, the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani sneaker drop, and more

Nike is accused of racism, the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani sneaker drop, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

Nike is accused of racism — and for deleting the Instagram page calling them out for it.

The anonymously-run Instagram account, Black At Nike, spotlights current and former employees' experiences with racism within the company. Since its inception in June, there have been multiple posts detailing how employees faced "microaggressions, disrespect, and retaliation for speaking up" against such treatment. Black At Nike was abruptly taken down days back, which led many to believe that Nike had to do with it. The company, however, has denied their involvement. "We have no knowledge of who owns the accounts or why they were taken down," they wrote in a statement.


Onitsuka Tiger teams up with Valentino Garavani to drop a new limited edition sneaker.

The collaboration saw Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Creative Director at Valentino, reinterpret Onitsuka Tiger's iconic sneaker: the Mexico 66 SD. Piccioli's rendition features the Valentino V logo boldly imprinted atop Onitsuka tiger stripes. It is available in four colour variations including shocking orange and hot pink; a white/directoire blue version available for purchase exclusively at the Onitsuka Tiger Takashimaya boutique; and a white/ciassic red model sold in Japan only.


Jacquemus continues hiring despite the worldwide economic downturn.

"The brand has not suffered too much," founder, Simon Porte Jacquemus, said, before his Spring 2021 show that took place last Thursday. "I've heard from a lot of friends who were made redundant at other houses, but we haven't had to do that yet. In fact, we are hiring people." The designer also cited record sales of his Spring 2020 collection via the label's e-shop.


Versace gives a preview of their Flash Collection.

In a music video format, no less. It features British rapper, AJ Tracey, arriving at a photo shoot for the collection's campaign. He then proceeds to perform his new track, 'Step On', decked out head-to-toe in the brand's latest threads. Pieces will be available for purchase in August, and is a part of the fashion house's long-term efforts in contributing to a more sustainable industry by producing smaller collections that reduce overproduction and waste.


Hood By Air makes a triumphant return at Digital Fashion Week.

"2020 has provided a welcomed and timely opportunity to catch up," the brand wrote in a release. This was followed by the release of a t-shirt and limited edition Cash Card made in collaboration with the Cash App. Both are available on the brand's website. Proceeds of the items will be donated to various charities such as Black Trans Femmes in the Arts, the Emergency Release Fund, and Gays and Lesbians Living In A Transgender Society (GLITS).


An Italian couple is turning fast food wrappers into iconic handbags.

We're talking a Fendi Baguette astutely crafted out of a McDonald's brown bag. Conceived by soon to be married couple, Chiara Rivituso and Matteo Bastiani, this project was conducted to communicate their vision of "a more sustainable environment" as well as to "to inspire people to create rather than waste." So far, they've already garnered 10,200 followers.


J.C. Penny to cut 1,000 jobs and close 152 stores in America.

The U.S. department store chain filed for bankruptcy in May, where they've credited COVID-19 as the main reason as to their financial dip. The layoffs are said to impact corporate, field management, and international roles.


Fenty reveals their debut shoe drop by Amina Muaddi.

The four main styles of the range include a mule, a lace up sandal with crystal, a sandal with PVC straps, and a cage pump that ties all the way up the leg. "It was very exciting to find that Fenty identity. I wanted to start from scratch," Muaddi declared in an interview with Vogue. "I wanted the shoes to emphasize Fenty's aesthetic and have Rihanna's feminine yet edgy vision and style, but do it through my own lens."