American Eagle Sparks Debate With Sneaker Reseller Pop-up

The latest installment in its NYC flagship has become a bit controversial.

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Over the past few weeks the second largest jeans retailer, American Eagle Outfitters, invested in a reseller shop based out of Las Vegas known as Urban Necessities. With this move, the retailer decided to put a year-long pop-up shop inside of its NYC location, offering up a third of its 1st-floor space for the reseller to showcase a variety of high-heat sneakers and goods. As a result, backlash has sprouted from a number of cultural movers and shakers, and even the designers behind some of the shoes the shop has decided to showcase.

Among those is jeffstaple, who states this campaign teeters along the fine line of what’s “legal, what’s moral, what’s ethical and what’s just plain wack.” While Staple isn’t the first to find the move baffling, what he does bring to attention is the resell market that is growing at hyperspeed — an industry so influential that one of the largest clothing retailers in the world has decided to jump into the market.

Let us know your thoughts below.

For more related news, Sean Wotherspoon and Nike have ended their Air Max 1/97 partnership.

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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 people. This week, ppl started pinging me saying, “Yo, you’re selling your Pigeons at @americaneagle?!” So I walk by their Soho flagship location and literally lost my breath seeing my Panda Pigeon & Black Pigeon Dunk sitting front & center in the main window display! On the side of the building? A huge billboard with @cncpts Purple Lobsters, @djkhaled Jordan’s & other high heat kicks. I do some digging and realize they have “collaborated” (aka invested in) a reseller store because: “Sneakers are about self-expression. Our brand is built on individual style…We have the second-largest (U.S.) jeans business (after Walmart). Jeans and sneakers are great pairs.” Ohkayyyy…So because this $4bil dollar retailer now decided sneaker & street culture are “trending”, they get to throw logos of other brands all over their store without permission? Does this mean if they partner with a handbag reseller next month, they can put LV & Hermès handbags in their windows and marketing campaigns? In my opinion, this really skirts the line between what’s legal, what’s moral, what’s ethical and what’s just plain wack. Would love to hear your thoughts…?

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