Last week, Las Vegas-based Urban Necessities brought its sneaker consignment banner to New York. The 1,900-square-foot pop-up debuted in American Eagle Outfitters’ Soho location, boasting rare and hard-to-find pieces including Nike’s self-lacing shoes and the coveted Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 sneakers.
Also among the mix were Jeff Staple’s “Panda Pigeon” and “Black Pigeon Dunk” kicks — which the designer said he spotted at the store this week, prompting an Instagram post that criticized the apparel and accessories retailer’s use of “logos of other brands all over their store without permission.”
In one of the photos shared Thursday afternoon, Staple captured a window display of the store that showed a collection of sneakers up for resale. “Does this mean if they partner with a handbag reseller next month, they can put LV & Hermès handbags in their windows and marketing campaigns?” he wrote. “In my opinion, this really skirts the line between what’s legal, what’s moral, what’s ethical and what’s just plain wack.”
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Need your honest opinion here on this one… American Eagle Outfitters is a publicly traded retailer that does about $4 billion in sales annually covering about 1,000 stores & employing 24,000