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Is adidas Signing Taylor Swift?

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The fashion and music industries have seen their paths intertwine more frequently than ever, with big brands seeking partnerships with global superstars to amplify their reach and impact. One such speculation that's been catching fire is the possibility of adidas signing the superstar singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. Swift, known for her massive global fanbase and influence on trends among her followers, has recently been spotted sporting adidas sneakers, sparking speculation about a potential partnership.

Interestingly, this wouldn’t be Swift's first rodeo in footwear endorsements. Over a decade ago, she had a deal with Pro-Keds, which included multiple colorways based on her albums, and the partnership ran from 2012-2016.

Bjørn Gulden, adidas CEO, has added fuel to the speculative fire. In a recent press conference with investors, Gulden expressed his interest in signing Swift, acknowledging her current use of adidas products and the potential benefits of formalizing a partnership. According to Brendan Dunne of Complex, Gulden stated, “Some of you asked me yesterday if we could sign Taylor Swift. I said I would love to—I don't know how I’d do it, but right now she's also wearing our products from time to time, which might help.”

Gulden's comments suggest that while adidas is interested in exploring a partnership with Taylor Swift, there are significant hurdles to overcome, not least of which is Swift's lack of endorsement deals in the fashion world. Taylor is not in any rush to reach an agreement with any brand as her success with her in-house merchandising does not require an outside partner like adidas. Furthermore, adidas is still navigating the aftermath of its partnership with Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), particularly the challenge of selling off the remaining items from their Yeezy inventory. This context adds layers of complexity to any potential deal with Swift.

While the adidas CEO's comments have ignited speculation, it's essential to note that this does not confirm an imminent adidas x Taylor Swift collaboration. It indicates that the idea is appealing to adidas and that they recognize the potential benefit to the brand.

The Three Stripes has a deep history in terms of partnerships in the music industry, with Pharrell Williams’ Humanrace line being one of the brand’s longest-running collabs and a previous deal with Beyonce’s Ivy Park falling through last year after poor performance and not meeting adidas’ expectations. Going back further, the brand pioneered musical and fashion partnerships with their Run D.M.C. collaboration in the '80s.

Currently, there's no official word from either Taylor Swift's camp or adidas confirming a partnership. However, the possibility of a collaboration between the duo has undoubtedly captured the imagination of fans and industry watchers alike. We’ll have to wait and see if Gulden and adidas can pull some strings to get one of the biggest celebrities on the planet to rock The Three Stripes. For more updates on the latest happenings in the sneaker and streetwear world, download the Sole Retriever mobile app.

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