Clio Sports, an international competition honoring creative excellence in sports, has announced Under Armour as the recipient of the Clio Sports Brand Innovation Award. The global apparel, footwear and equipment brand, led by Founder and CEO Kevin Plank, will be lauded for its creative impact on the sports industry during a July 17 ceremony at Cipriani Midtown in New York City, hosted by ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of Mike & Mike in the Morning.
The Summer Solstice and official first day of summer fell on a Saturday this year and PacSun took full advantage, turning the longest day of the year into its first ever Golden State of Mind Day. The Anaheim, CA-based retailer swept the nation with 20-hours of events and activites across the country. The festivities kicked off on June 21 at sunrise in Puerto Rico with Hurley Pro surfers Nat Young and Brian Toth. A gathering at Miami Beach in Florida brought together sun seekers who were treated to GSOM-themed umbrella and towels.
Skechers USA has announced that a lawsuit has been filed against Reebok International Ltd. for selling shoes that infringe on the Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand’s Go Walk line. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief for infringing on Skechers’ patent and trade dress rights and for unfair competition. The suit states that Reebok is selling the infringing products under the name Reebok Walk Ahead RS.
As temperatures start to soar across the states, Vancouver-based Native Shoes unveils its Summer ’14 collaboration with Issey Mikaye’s Pleats Please label. Using the classic Jericho Women’s silhouette as a starting point, both brands’ design teams kept it “lite” in a mostly pastel palette punched with pops of coral and blue to bow a collection that speaks to the functional minimalism at the core of both companies’ DNA. “Native Shoes and Pleats Please share a common belief that fashion should be light and easy to move in: simple, stylish and comfortable,” explains the Pleats P
Wolverine Worldwide has announced several organizational changes in an effort to strengthen its senior leadership team and accelerate global growth. James D. Zwiers, who has held significant roles during his 16 years with the company, has been appointed president of the international group. James A. Gabel, most recently president of Adidas Group Canada, will succeed Zwiers as president of the performance group, which is comprised of the Merrell, Saucony, Chaco, Cushe and Patagonia brands.
Industry execs and tastemakers turned out in force on Thursday, June 5, to celebrate the start of summer with GBX and Giorgio Brutini at Ludlow Studios in New York City. Guests checked out both brands’ current collections in the fully branded environment, while sipping on libations provided by Vodkila vodka, William Wolf whiskey and Peroni beer and snacking on food from the Dobbs Dawg House food truck that was packed outside.
Outdoor lifestyle brands Quiksilver and Roxy have teamed up with Flip Flop Shops on two limited edition flips to be sold exclusively at the retail chain’s 100-plus locations in support of its The Heart to Sole: Creating a Stress Free America campaign. Throughout the month of June, Roxy and Quiksilver will donate 50 cents from the sale of each sandal to the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative for a total of $20,000.
Edison, NJ-based Aerosoles has been acquired by Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, LLC. CEO Jules Schneider, who will continue to retain a major ownership position in the 27-year-old company, says, “The Palladin team brings a wealth of experience in footwear and growing consumer brands and being able to work with them marks a critical next step in our growth strategy.
Hundreds of industry members came out to honor Dave Grange, president of Lacoste Footwear, NA, last Wednesday at Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s YP210 event at Suite 36 in New York. Guests spent the evening dancing, sharing drinks with friends and playing endless games of beer pong, mini golf and jenga. All proceeds from the party will go to help footwear families in need.
Wolverine Worldwide and its Merrell brand have been honored with two key awards from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of American (FDRA). The company received the Advocate of the Year award, while Merrell was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Brand Focus award, a new award given to the brand deemed “most-loved” by scoring the highest brand loyalty among footwear consumers in the United States.