May 22, 2019

Nike cancels 'Puerto Rico' shoe over Panama indigenous design

AFP US sportswear giant Nike is withdrawing a new version of its classic Air Force 1 shoe after objections from an indigenous group in Panama. The limited edition model was described as a tribute to Puerto Rico but the Guna community of Panama said it used their traditional "Mola" pattern. The group accused Nike of "Pirating" a protected traditional design. The Guna people live mainly in low-lying Caribbean islands that make up the Guna Yala autonomous region and are one of seven indigenous groups in Panama. A statement from Nike said: "We apologise for the inaccurate representation of the design origin for the Nike Air Force 1 'Puerto Rico' 2019. As a result, this product will no longer be available."

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