Fabletics announced plans to add more than 75 new doors, bringing the brand to a total of 100 locations as well as a number of new hires to support growth. Hires included Karen Pornillos, formerly as VP of women’s design for Lululemon, as VP of design and fashion director and Nancy Arnold, previously at Chloe + Isabel, as the brand’s new VP, creative director.
ADA and NBS announced plans to merge, effective September 1, 2018. The ADA has agreed to join the NBS group to build a stronger team dealer organization.
Russell Athletic appointed Boxercraft the exclusive decoration, marketing and sales partner for Russell Athletic’s collegiate licensed business.
According to extensive reporting from The Oregonian, Nike’s dismissal early this year of 11 execs was more than fallout from workplace behavior shortfalls stemming from the #MeToo moment. The article describes the exits as a “dramatic boardroom power play” led by Mark Parker, CEO, and company co-founder Phil Knight to oust Trevor Edwards and many of those aligned with him.
The top congressional tax committee, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means, approved the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, by a vote of 28-6. The PHIT Act was passed through the committee, and will be part of a larger package of health savings account (HSA) reform measures that the full House will vote on later this month.
Nau International, the parent of Nau and Blackyak, hired seasoned outdoor sales professional Jeff Krahenbuhl as the company’s national sales manager. He was western territory manager at Mammut Sports Group.
Scarpa North America named Melanie Hood as the company’s marketing manager. Most recently, Hood worked for six years as the marketing and development director at the National Ski Patrol.
OrthoLite hired Olivia Billingsley as sales manager, Premium.
Mark Walsh, the former CEO of Vestis Retail Group (Eastern Mountain Sports/Bob’s Stores), has been appointed chief executive officer of the Avenue brand of women’s plus-size fashion apparel, footwear and accessories.
Nike added Cathleen Benko, vice chairman and managing principal of Deloitte LLP., to the company’s board.
Progression Brands Group (PBG), an equity investment and operating company in the active lifestyle category led by Ian Widmer, announced new executive board appointments and strategic market relationships.
Caleres announced the company has acquired a controlling interest in Blowfish Malibu, a footwear brand that embraces the California lifestyle.
Perry Ellis International announced that the company has been granted early termination, effective as of July 10, 2018, from anti-trust authorities in connection with the sale of the company to founder George Feldenkreis. Randa Accessories submitted a second letter to the special committee of the board of directors of Perry Ellis that the company has lined up the financing commitments to acquire Perry Ellis.
GoPro said the company has sold more than 30 million Hero cameras since the debut of its first HD model in November 2009. GoPro also said the Hero5 Black cameras is the best-selling GoPro in record time.
Varsity Brands, the parent of BSN Sports and Varsity Spirit, and GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, announced an exclusive partnership to change the way teams raise money for school groups, sports teams, their players, communities and related extracurriculars.
Reebok announced a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Yue Yuen reported sales in June reached $777.3 million against $736.1 million a year ago, representing a gain of 5.6 percent.
FieldTurf, Corsair Innovations and Yobel Technologies all received grants in the latest round of the NFL’s HeadHealthTECH Challenge IV series.
Tentsile, the maker of portable tree houses, hired Patricia Babka as chief operating officer. Promotions included Robert Shirley-Smith to global operations director, Jethro Shirley-Smith to global sales director and Kirstie Grego to global marketing director.
The Pac-12 and Unifi announced a long-term partnership, with Unifi serving as the founding sustainability partner of Pac-12 Team Green and as a sponsor of the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference.
Mountain Khakis retained Annie DeWaters for the Rocky Mountain region and region and Linda Di Lello Morton and Brian Morton for the Northwest for sales representation.
Moody’s Investors Service placed Newell Brands’ ratings on review for downgrade. The rating agency said this follows the significant amount of change Newell is expected to undergo as part of the company’s recently announced accelerated transformation plan.
REI plans to relocate the company’s Anchorage store to Midtown Mall and the company’s Lincoln Park store to a larger, two-story location on the banks of the Chicago River’s North Branch. Both moves will take place in early 2019.
Sports Basement will open an 88,000-square-foot-store in Redwood City, CA, in early November, representing the chain’s largest location.
Dick’s Sporting Goods registered with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, an indication that the retailer may be exploring a location in Hawaii.
Camping World announced that 14 of the the company’s retail locations will operate with a cobranded offering showcasing both Gander Outdoors products and services for the outdoor enthusiast and Camping World parts, accessories and services for the RV enthusiasts.
Camping World signed an agreement to acquire Russ Dean RV located in Pasco, WA.
Sweet Briar College in Virginia announced a five-year partnership with BSN Sports and Under Armour.
Adidas announced a new partnership to become the official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment brand for Team Jamaica Lacrosse.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced Asics as an official supplier until the end of 2020 in an agreement that will benefit a number of Para athletes and developing National Paralympic Committees (NPCs).
Cliff Keen Athletic entered into a marketing and athlete endorsement deal with United States Men’s 130 KG Greco Roman and 125 KG Freestyle Wrestler Adam Coon.
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