What You Need to Know About the adidas YEEZY Restock

Today adidas announced it will begin selling some of the remaining inventory of adidas YEEZY products. The initial release is set for the end of May 2023. A range of existing designs will be available exclusively through adidas.com/yeezy and the adidas CONFIRMED app. A significant amount will be donated to selected organizations working to combat discrimination and hate, including racism and antisemitism. These include but are not limited to the Anti-Defamation League(ADL) and the Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change.

First restock since the deal termination

The release will mark the first time that products have been available to consumers since adidas terminated the YEEZY partnership in October 2022. In detail, the products will be existing designs and designs initiated in 2022 for sale in 2023.  Additional releases of existing inventory are currently under consideration, but the timing is yet to be determined. Today’s announcement has no immediate impact on the company’s current financial guidance for 2023.

Since terminating the YEEZY partnership in October, adidas has been exploring multiple scenarios for the potential use of the existing YEEZY inventory. The process involved seeking feedback and listening to a diverse group of employees, organizations, communities, and consumers about how to responsibly manage the existing product. Additionally, the company went ahead with already committed production orders after the partnership was terminated. In fact, this was done to help protect its supply chain partners from being negatively affected by cancellations.

How adidas decided to release the remaining Yeezy stock

adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden said: “After careful consideration, we have decided to begin releasing some of the remaining adidas YEEZY products. Selling and donating was the preferred option among all organizations and stakeholders we spoke to. We believe this is the best solution as it respects the created designs and produced shoes. It works for our people, resolves an inventory problem, and will have a positive impact on our communities. There is no place in sports or society for hate of any kind. We remain committed to fighting against it.”

“At a time when antisemitism has reached historic levels in the U.S. and is rising globally, we appreciate how adidas turned a negative situation into a very positive outcome. They have shown real thoughtfulness in engaging with community organizations working to combat this pernicious and stubborn hatred,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Their leadership, in not only condemning anti-Jewish hate but lending their support for education and other initiatives, is exemplary and a model for other public companies to emulate. We thank them for their ongoing dialogue around their remaining inventory and their vested interest in tackling issues of prejudice and hate.”

The partnership with the Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change

adidas will partner with the Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change. The institute is run by Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd. Together, they will drive Community programs through sport and education, in order to leave a lasting legacy.

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What You Need to Know About the adidas YEEZY Restock

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