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Wilson Acquires Louisville Slugger LeBron and the Powerbeats2 Headphones [Video] Kevin Love Teams Up with Shock Doctor
 

Wilson Acquires Louisville Slugger

Wilson Sporting Goods has acquired Louisville Slugger, a division of Hillerich & Bradsby, for a reported $70 million. Under the deal, H&B will become Wilson’s exclusive manufacturing partner for wood bats and will continue to manufacture all Louisville Slugger-branded MLB, Minor League Baseball, amateur player and souvenir wood bats for Wilson. H&B will continue to manufacture […]

LeBron and the Powerbeats2 Headphones [Video]

LeBron and the Powerbeats2 Headphones [Video]

  That’s what we call a powerful promotional video. More info on the product at beatsbydre.com.  

Kevin Love Teams Up with Shock Doctor

NBA star Kevin Love is joining Shock Doctor, a global leader in mouthguard technology, protective gear and recovery products, on a focused venture to reduce the frequency and severity of facial injuries by increasing adoption of mouthguards among basketball players at every level of competition. Love will wear Shock Doctor mouthguards on the court and […]

A Weather-Resistant Chuck from Converse and Polartec

Converse has teamed up with fabric giant Polartec to create the All Star Chuck ’70 Polartec. (MSRP $110). The new All Star is a weather resistant sneaker that marks the first time Polartec technology has ever been applied to a sneaker. Polartec fabric technology is most often used in fleece tops and jackets. With the […]

Vans and Scotchgard Team Up on Footwear

Vans has launched a special offering of Women’s Classics protected with Scotchgard technology. The three-piece Sk8-Hi Slim offering includes three soft, earth-tone shades including Wine, Amber Gold and Beetle Grey atop a vintage marshmallow sole. The Scotchgard treatment on the suede is designed to extend the life of the shoes by repelling dirt, stains and […]

Patagonia Invests in Sustainable Textile Chemistry Firm

02 April 2015

Patagonia has announced a strategic investment in Beyond Surface Technologies,  a fast growing Swiss company founded in 2008 by scientists and marketing experts with more than 40 years of experience in the textile industry. The business focuses on making textile treatments based on natural raw materials ­ without sacrificing performance or reducing the lifespan of […]

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Carhartt Appoints New Director of Material Development

01 April 2015

Carhartt announced Beth Ford as the newly appointed Director of Material Development. In this role, Ford is responsible for leading the Fabric, Trim and Color development teams, along with developing the raw material developing strategy from concept through final approval. Ford will report directly to Deb Ferraro, Vice President of Product Design. With much experience […]

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Wilson Acquires Louisville Slugger

30 March 2015

Wilson Sporting Goods has acquired Louisville Slugger, a division of Hillerich & Bradsby, for a reported $70 million. Under the deal, H&B will become Wilson’s exclusive manufacturing partner for wood bats and will continue to manufacture all Louisville Slugger-branded MLB, Minor League Baseball, amateur player and souvenir wood bats for Wilson. H&B will continue to manufacture […]

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Norwegian-based Kari Traa Activewear Brand Launches in NA

19 February 2015

 Norwegian-based Kari Traa, the fastest growing women’s active brand in Europe, is expanding to U.S. with retail availability slated for F15. “We believe we have a relevant and compelling story that is missing in the American market,” said Sissel Himle, marketing manager for Kari Traa. “While the product line is the pinnacle of performance and […]

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Shock Doctor and Cutters Partner with Pop Warner

05 February 2015

Shock Doctor Sports and their Cutters glove brand have formed an agreement with youth football organization Pop Warner. Under the new partnership, Shock Doctor becomes the “Official Mouthguard of Pop Warner” and Cutters becomes the “Official Glove of Pop Warner.” “Pop Warner Football is literally shaping the future of football in America by teaching proper techniques and implementing rules designed to make the game safer,” said Tony Armand, CEO […]

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Cordura Fabric Gets Physical

04 February 2015

  Cordura fabric is featured in Reebok’s new Spring Summer 2015 CrossFit and One Series apparel lines. “Athletes focus on fitness, across a range of skills such as strength, speed, flexibility, accuracy and power. Our Cordura fabrics ensure their apparel gear is as tough as they are due to key qualities such as abrasion resistance, […]

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Top Ten Textile Trends from ORWM15

26 January 2015

Here’s a super-fast rundown of what’s trending for Fall 15:   #1. A need for clear, concise messaging surrounding the issue of ethical down sourcing. #2.  Denim makes a statement thanks to creative advances in blends, dying, finishing and eco treatments. #3. Lightweight.  From laminates to insulations to face fabrics to entire garments, “lightweight” is […]

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W.L. Gore Fabrics Division Receives Oeko-Tex Honors

16 January 2015

The Fabrics Division of W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has been voted “January 2015 Company of the Month” by OEKO-TEX for its sustainability program. OEKO-TEX launched this campaign to recognize textile companies for their on-going commitment to product safety and sustainable production processes. The January award went to Gore in recognition of the fact that the company […]

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NSF International Develops New Traceable Down Standard

12 January 2015

In response to growing consumer and industry concern about animal welfare and responsible sourcing of down for apparel and bedding, independent public health organization NSF International has developed the new Global Traceable Down Standard. NSF International’s Sustainability division will provide independent third party auditing and certification services for product manufacturers to this standard following publication […]

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A Manufacturing Hub Grows in Brooklyn

09 December 2014

Manufacture New York (MNY) is launching a fashion manufacturing and design hub in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Located at Liberty View Industrial Plaza, the new Manufacturing Innovation Hub will occupy 160,000 square feet and provide research, design, development, and manufacturing resources for New York’s emerging designers and apparel manufacturers.   The City of New York, via […]

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