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Polartec Challenge Recipients Announced

Malden Mills announced the winners of the 2006 Polartec Challenge. The winners are Steve Graepel, Nico Mailaender, Warren McDonald and Kelly Cordes. Graepel will travel with partner Gabe Rogel into Alaska’s Fairweather Range. Mailander will navigate a fol

Darn Tough Vermont Adds New Sales Agencies

Darn Tough Vermont made some additions to its independent sales force. Brandywine River Representatives will handle Metro New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Pemba Serves will handle Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, M

Harold Ruttenberg Succumbs to Cancer

Harold Ruttenberg, the founder and former chairman of Just For Feet, lost his battle with brain cancer last week. He was 63 years old. The energetic retail pioneer was diagnosed with cancer in January 2004 and had spent nearly two years battling the dis

GF Completes Goody’s Tender Offer; Goodfriend Resigns

GF Acquisition Corp. and Goody's Family Clothing, Inc. announced the final results of the cash tender offer by GF Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Prentice Capital Management, LP and GMM Capital LLC, for the outstanding shares of common stock of Go

Bite Footwear Hires Hasson as Key Acct. Rep.

Bite Footwear hired Julie Hasson as the Key Accounts Representative for the West Coast. In her new role, Hasson will oversee key accounts in the West Coast territory as well as help Bite Footwear merchandise its specially designed footwear for women. Hass

OutDoor Launches New Asia Trade Show

One month after the OutDoor 2006 European retail trade fair in Friedrichshafen, the first ASIA OUTDOOR will be held in the Chinese city of Nanjing that has a population of seven million. The organisers are promising a further boost for the industry that i

Billabong Opens Chamonix Store

Billabong has officially opened a new partner store in Chamonix, the mountain resort in the French Alps, on the December 3 2005. Billabong’s partnership with one of the largest, most established retailers, Jean-François Coquoz in the region marks the fulf

REI to Build New DC in Bedford Pa.

In an effort to support its future retail growth with an expanded presence in the eastern U.S., REI announced plans for a second distribution center to be located in Bedford, Pa. In connection with the new distribution Center, Pennsylvania Governor Edward

EMU Australia Appoints Nat’l Sales Manager and Director of Design

EMU Australia announced the appointment of Jerry Breig as the company’s new national sales and marketing manager and Dawn Caylor as director of design. Jerry spent nine of the last ten years leading sales efforts — first domestically and then internation

Scarpa Recalls T2X

Scarpa has recalled about 2,300 pairs of their T2X Telemark Ski Boots. The plastic boot cuff can crack when flexed open in an unbuckled, non-skiing position causing discomfort on the ankle or shin, making the problem evident prior to skiing and thus unsui

Clear Thinking Named TAF Liquidation Trustee

Clear Thinking Group, LLC, a retailing/consumer products and industrial manufacturing consultancy, and Joseph E. Myers, a partner and managing director in the firm, have been appointed liquidation trustee for athletic shoe retailer Athlete’s Foot Stores,

Intrawest Completes Mammoth Sale

Intrawest Corporation announced that a group controlled by Starwood Capital Group Global, L.L.C. has completed the previously announced purchase of a majority interest in Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, based on an enterprise value of $365 million. The transac

Timberland Completes SmartWool Acquisition

The Timberland Company announced that it has completed its acquisition of SmartWool Corporation. The deal was originally announced on November 7, 2005, for a total purchase price of approximately $82 million. The SmartWool acquisition reflects continued p

Puma Takes Majority Interest In Argentinian Distributor

PUMA will become the majority shareholder of UNISOL S.A. UNISOL is the current PUMA licensee for footwear, apparel and accessories in Argentina and has been responsible for the distribution of PUMA products in Argentina for almost 30 years. With this join

Royal Robbins Hires Beller as Key Acct. Manager

Royal Robbins, a leading manufacturer of travel and outdoor apparel, today announced the appointment of Morgan Beller as key account manager for REI, effective immediately. In this role, Beller will handle day-to-day liaison with REI, one of the leading