Skechers announced today that it is consulting with its advisors about leading an investment group to acquire an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. Skechers CEO Robert Greenberg calls it “a natural fit.” He continues, “We believe this presents us with a tremendous opportunity to leverage and cross-promote both the Skechers and Clippers brands.
Star Wars fans everywhere rejoice. Last week Disney and Lucasfilm revealed the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, the latest film in the saga, and this June Vans will honor the momentous occasion with a six-piece offering that features classic styles stamped with artwork from the original trilogy.
Advanstar Licensing and the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) have announced that Nicole Richie will deliver the Big Interview keynote address at this year’s Licensing Expo. Richie is the founder and creative director of House of Harlow 1960, a line which she launched in 2008 that encompasses jewelry, eyewear, handbags, shoes and ready-to-wear. “I am thrilled to be addressing the executive audience of licensing and brand extension professionals at Licensing Expo,” she says.
Ruthie Davis named Footwear Designer of the Year by the AAFA at the 36th Annual American Image Awards.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) named Ruthie Davis Footwear Designer of the Year at its 36th Annual American Image Awards last night at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. “It is a huge honor to be listed amongst past recipients of these awards such as John Bartlett, Badgley Mischka, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta.
Last night at Green Table in New York City’s Chelsea Market, the Original Muck Boot Company celebrated the launch of the Muck B 1802, its first ever fashion collaboration with Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, also known as the Fabulous Beekman Boys. “Brent and Josh have built a brand considered by Epicurious to be ‘the next Martha Stewart’ and one that exemplifies the growing trend that is modern farming,” says Sean O’Brien, global director of footwear.
Saucony, Merrell and Bates could soon have their logos on more military members’ feet across the country. Thanks to a policy shift announced by Pentagon officials last week, new active duty soldiers entering boot camp will be supplied with American-made athletic footwear when using a voucher given to them by the government to purchase shoes for training purposes. The rule change is in response to years of pressure from U.S.
For more than 40 years, Austin Adventures has created award-winning international multi-sport travel experiences. Now the company has teamed up with Reebok to offer a series of vacations that promote fitness as a way of life. Reebok Fitness Vacations by Austin Adventures launches this summer with a pilot trip to Montana. Vacationers can expect to take part in a wide range of activities such as biking, hiking, rafting, yoga, traditional and trail running, functional fitness classes, group fitness classes and obstacle racing.
The New Balance Foundation, the charitable giving arm of New Balance, is helping to kick off Camp Sunshine’s 30th anniversary with a very special gift–a $300,000 challenge to encourage support for the national retreat in Maine for children with life threatening diseases and their families. Specifically, the foundation will match the dollars raised through Camp Sunshine’s new Go the Distance campaign, which challenges supporters to fundraise while participating in 30 distinct endurance events across the country throughout the year.
Last night Brown Shoe Company celebrated 100 years on the New York Stock Exchange, a milestone only achieved by 23 other companies, with a glitzy bash at 4 World Trade Center in New York. VIP attendees included Black Eyed Pea and shoe designer Fergie (who helped the company ring the closing bell at the NYSE earlier in the day), hip-hop stars Estelle and Nelly, and Harper’s Bazaar editor Derek Blasberg, while Jennifer Hudson was on hand to treat partygoers to a live performance of such hits as “Spotlight” and “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”.
A lot done, more to do. That’s how Two Ten President Neal Newman summarizes week three of the organization’s month-long lineup of service projects as part of #FootwearCares. “While we recognize that the communities and organizations we are supporting are grateful for our help, we also know that in many cases we are just scratching the surface of what is really required to make a difference,” he says.