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Thursday Briefing: #StopAsianHate, Kith Paris, BAPE x READYMADE, BAPE x adidas Originals and more

News recap from February 17 to February 24

This fashion season definitely feels different from previous ones with the global pandemic and all the terrible natural disasters as well as social justice calls. As Black History Month comes to a close, the Asian community is dealing with racist attacks and hate crimes on another level. The AAPI community needs your help more than ever so if you see a crime, please report it to Together we can band together as a global community and do amazing things - including defeating the COVID-19 virus and this virus of hate.

KAWS: WHAT PARTY exhibition opening at Brooklyn Museum

KAWS' latest exhibition will take place at the Brooklyn Museum and feature many iconic pieces and figures that are know globally associated alongside the Brooklyn-based artist. Presented by Dior, you can see the works starting tomorrow, February 26 until September 5, purchase tickets online. To accompany the exhibition, KAWS and Phaidon Press are releasing an illustrated catalogue, with four different covers, that you can pre-order now or cop at the bookstore on-site for $59.95.

Image via Phaidon

Image via Phaidon

Jay-Z sells 50% of Ace of Spades to LVMH

One of the biggest headlines in the food and bev industry over the last week has been Jay-Z's sale of 50% of Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) to LVMH. The exact finances weren't released but this move is connecting old and new money as well as two different cultures - LVMH has an all-white leadership team, Jay-Z is the king of hip-hop and a major influence in Black culture and the community. We look forward to what the new partnership will bring, congrats to Hov on another major move.

Image via Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye

Image via Seth Browarnik/World Red Eye

BAPE x READYMADE capsule collection release info

Alongside their Nike Blazer collaboration releasing this weekend, READYMADE has also teamed up with BAPE for a capsule collection. For their second go around, a follow-up to their 2017 inaugural collaboration, the duo will release five pieces. Included is a special Shark hoodie along with shorts, a long-sleeve tee and short-sleeve tees. You can shop the collection on February 27 at BAPE stores and online.

Release Date: 2/27/21 (Saturday)

BAPE x adidas Originals Superstar 80 collection release info

In addition to their READYMADE collaboration that's releasing this weekend, BAPE will also drop their adidas Originals Superstar 80 collab in two colorways - a classic white with black accents Shell Toe and a BAPE CAMO-inspired variation. Both pairs feature BAPE STA logos on the sides as well as the traditional Three Stripes. Gold highlights the co-branding on the tongue as well as lacelocks. A special box holds these two sneakers. Drop by a BAPE retailer on February 27 to purchase.

Release Date: 2/27/21 (Saturday)

Kith expands to Europe with Paris flagship store

Kith is opening their first flagship store in Europe and their largest location to date tomorrow in Paris, France. With three floors and 16,000 square feet of space, the brand will offer customers the full Kith experience with retail, Kith Treats and a Kith for Sadelle's restaurant. The Air Max 1 was the sneaker silhouette chosen by Kith and design firm Snarkitecture to bring out the new building. Take a look at the preview images below and stop by if you're in the area.

Kith Paris
49 Rue Pierre Charron
75008 Paris, France

Air Jordan 4 "Taupe Haze" release info

Possibly the closest general release we'll ever get to the Travis Scott F&F Air Jordan 4 will drop this weekend. Retailing for $200, the new "Taupe Haze" colorway offers an earthy oil grey suede on the upper with black accents and red highlights. While there won't be a Cactus Jack logo on the heel or even "Nike Air," these are the perfect sneakers to ring in spring and will go fast from SNKRS app and retailers.