Author: Eugene Buchanan

Oboz President, Amy Beck, Discusses Ownership And Growth Under Kathmandu

Oboz President, Amy Beck, Discusses Ownership And Growth Under Kathmandu

Oboz parent Kathmandu, which purchased the Bozeman, MT-based footwear brand in 2018, recently released its fiscal year results for three of its brands—Rip Curl, Kathmandu and Oboz. With total group sales increasing 15.1 percent to $922.8 million, Oboz helped lead the way, with sales growing 44.9 percent to reach $78.4 million. SGB Executive discussed this and more with its president, Amy Beck. (Read More)

Show Director Kenji Haroutunian Discusses Big Gear Show’s Success, COVID Protocols, Future, And More

Show Director Kenji Haroutunian Discusses Big Gear Show’s Success, COVID Protocols, Future, And More

The Big Gear Show, held August 3-5 in Deer Valley, UT, debuted this year as the industry’s first invitation-only, all-outside, multi-category trade event for the paddlesports, cycling, climbing, and camping markets. SGB Executive caught up with Haroutunian to see how the show went, how they managed COVID protocols, what’s up for the future and more. (Read More)

Slew Of Acquisitions Leads To Changing Face Of Paddlesports

Slew Of Acquisitions Leads To Changing Face Of Paddlesports

There has been a changing of the guard of sorts in the paddlesports category in the past few years, with new CEOs and companies behind such venerable brands as Hobie, Jackson Kayak, Confluence Watersports Kokatat, MTI/Ocean Kayak, and more. But what do these new owners think of the industry and its future, and what are their plans for their brands? To find out, SGB Executive canvased the companies and retailers to shed light on this new wave of ownership coming to the watersports world. (Read More)

Inside The Creation Of YKK’s Touchlink Zipper With Brian La Plante

Inside The Creation Of YKK’s Touchlink Zipper With Brian La Plante

YKK goes high-tech, producing a zipper pull with a digital component, Touchlink, allowing consumers to interact with brands and brands to engage their consumers, creating a digital footprint of every purchase. SGB Executive catches up with Brian La Plante of YKK USA’s global marketing group for more on the innovation and how brands are receiving it. (Read More)

The Latest In Sustainable Best Practices From Smartwool’s Alicia Chin

The Latest In Sustainable Best Practices From Smartwool’s Alicia Chin

Smartwool, now owned by VF Corp., continues its long-held practice of sustainability. Lately, however, with its environmental ethos emboldened by VF's push for product circularity in its brands, the company has stepped up its game. In speaking with its Sustainability and Social Impact Senior Manager, Alicia Chin, SGB Executive learned about recent initiatives that continue the brand's commitment to being a steward for the planet.   (Read More)

Canadian Adventure Travel Market Re-Opening With Border

Canadian Adventure Travel Market Re-Opening With Border

With the Canadian government opening its borders to U.S. tourists on August 9, after being closed since March 2020, outfitters north of the border are rejoicing, but is it enough to save a second straight season of losses? SGB Executive checks in with Canadian outfitter Madawaska Canoe Centre to get its outlook on the outdoor industry amid the pandemic. (Read More)

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