Adidas has agreed to expand its partnership with Kanye West, including opening new stores, hoping to build on its higher profile in the U.S. market.
This was since it poached the singer-turned-designer from Nike in 2013.
The deal was described by the German sportswear firm as the most significant partnership between a non-athlete and a sports brand
According to the firm, the deal will develop beyond its current lifestyle focus to introduce sports performance designs.
West has said that he moved from Nike to Adidas because the German company gave him more creative freedom and royalties.
He said the U.S. firm told him it reserved for professional athletes such as basketball star Michael Jordan.
An Adidas Spokeswoman declined to give financial details or specify the length of the deal, though media reports put the value of the previous deal at 10 million dollars.
Adidas had regained some ground in the U.S. market in recent months since falling into third place behind Nike and Under Armour.
Adidas had increased its spending on marketing and lifted its profile thanks to collaborations with celebrities such as West and singer Pharrell Williams.
It had also poached the NFL’s Aaron Rodgers and basketball player James Harden from Nike.
Although Nike and its Jordan brand still dominated the U.S. footwear market, Adidas sales rose almost two-thirds in May to take a 6 per cent share, according to data from market research firm NPD.
Nike’s overall share of the U.S. sportswear market rose to 21.1 per cent in 2015 from 20.1 per cent in 2014.
Under Armour was up at 3.9 per cent from 3.5 per cent and Adidas rose to 3.4 per cent from 3.3 per cent, according to Euromonitor data.
Nike gave a lower than expected forecast for future orders, highlighting its struggle to fend off competition from Adidas and others, especially on its home turf.
Adidas said a dedicated team based in the firm’s U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon would work with West on the development of all Yeezy products.
West’s designs so far for Adidas had concentrated on limited edition footwear, with fans camping outside stores to wait for the release of the latest Yeezy Boost shoes.
“This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations,’’ West said.
Adidas had announced two other major partnerships in recent weeks one with the Wanda business empire to sponsor endurance events and promote other sports in C