Wolverine Worldwide announces key leadership changes and additions to accelerate global growth.

June 17th, 2014

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.

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Giorgio Brutini and GBX make a splash downtown.

June 16th, 2014

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. 

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Quiksilver and Roxy partner with Flip Flop Shops to help fight heart disease.

June 13th, 2014

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. 

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Aerosoles sold to Palladin Consumer Retail Partners.

June 12th, 2014

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.

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Party people brought their A-game to Two Ten’s Young Professionals event.

June 11th, 2014

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. 

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FDRA names Wolverine Worldwide Advocate of the Year.

June 9th, 2014

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.

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New Balance is suing Karl Lagerfeld.

June 5th, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld, the long time creative director of Chanel, is being sued by New Balance. A lawsuit, obtained by entertainment site TMZ, details the Boston-based brand’s complaint, describing the shoe that is says is causing “confusion” for its customers. New Balance claims the K motif on the $370 sneakers sold under Lagerfeld’s eponymous label is too similar to the N logo it’s been using since the ’70s. 


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Police confiscate $3 million worth of shoes in Kentucky.

June 4th, 2014

Riddle me this: How does a $3 million shipment of Nike shoes vanish into thin air in 2009 and resurface on a front lawn in Kentucky in 2014 going for $5 a pair? A woman in Radcliff, KY, and her daughter told local media outlets that they had bought them off another woman and had no idea they were stolen. They planned to sell them at a flea market. The Radcliffe Police Department have since confiscated thousands of Nike shoes that were scattered in front of their home.

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Skechers sponsors California Chrome’s run at the Triple Crown.

June 2nd, 2014

Skechers has added yet another sports string to its bow of sponsorships. The Manhattan Beach, CA-based brand today announced that it will sponsor thoroughbred racehorse California Chrome as he contends at the Belmont Stakes on June 7 to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed nabbed the title 36 years ago. Trainer and owner team jackets, caps and apparel as well as California Chrome’s horse blanket, gear, barn and related promotional events will all feature Skechers branding. 

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OluKai supports Malama Honua, a three-plus year voyage around the world.

May 29th, 2014

OluKai has announced its partnership with the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, a prestigious three-plus year journey of sailing canoes built with the same ingenuity that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawaii. The Orange Country, CA-based lifestyle brand will supply the watermen and women crewing the canoes with Spring/Summer 2015 products to wear test and share feedback on the performance of each shoe.

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