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Famous Sportswear Brand Called Out For Selling Shoes Without Permission

today10 June 2021


Vanessa Bryant is NOT pleased.


She vented her frustration on social media to react to someone’s photo of a shoe that Bryant HERSELF helped design in honour of her 13-year-old daughter Gianna who died with Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.


Reposted via Instagram @vanessabryant

“This is a shoe I worked on in honour of my daughter, Gianna,” Bryant wrote. “It was going to be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colorway on her daddy’s shoes. I picked the colors in honour of her uniform, the number 2 she wore just like her uniform, the inside pattern, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe’s signature, the inside shoe details (butterfly, wings, halo), etc.”


She continued, 


“The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale. I wanted it to be sold to honour my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefitting our @mambamambacitasports foundation but I did not re-sign the Nike contract to sell these shoes. (The MAMBACITA shoes were not approved to be made in the first place.) Nike has NOT sent any of these pairs to me and my girls.”



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Bryant also added that,


“I do not know how someone else has their hands on shoes I designed in honour of my daughter, Gigi and we don’t.”


Back in April 19, Bryant shared that the sportswear brand and her late husband had parted ways after she and the athlete’s estate did not renew the contract. 


“I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy,” she wrote in part back then. “We will always do everything we can to honour Kobe and Gigi’s legacies.”


*Cover image via Instagram @vanessabryant 

Written by: Farah Qistina

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