The US Snowboarding Team will be representing the United States of America in Sochi, Russia this year dressed like stylish Appalachian hobos (a.k.a. “heirloom hippy”) thanks to Burton Snowboard’s new Team Uniforms designs. How to make an American quilt?
The uniforms are a fitting tribute to hard times in the old USA, and to heritage and the resilience of the family, and of America itself. Here, we’ll let Danny Davis explain it. Or, you can follow the jump for the official word from Burton. [click to continue…]
Remember all those companies Quiksilver started and/or bought or licensed over the years because it was reportedly good for the stability of their business? Brands like Mervin Manufacturing, Hawk, Moskova, and Maui & Sons. Well, it now seems like the secret to Quik’s “profit improvement plan” is to sell them all. Mervin is already gone and most of the money they got for it is already spent.
“These transactions represent additional milestones in executing our multi-year profit improvement plan,” said Andy Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiksilver, Inc. “We used a portion of the Mervin proceeds to invest in our high-growth subsidiaries in Mexico and Brazil, and we now own 100 percent of our operations in both countries. The remaining proceeds from the Mervin sale, combined with the new European credit facility, enhance our financial flexibility and add greater stability to our liquidity. . . Divesting Mervin and the other non-core businesses will allow management to focus on expanding our three core brands – Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes – along with driving additional operational efficiencies.”
Hey, whatever makes the market think “Hey, they’re making the right moves” is apparently the right move. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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San Diego, California based eyewear company 9Five has announced that they’re getting into the time telling game with the launch of their new IXV Watch line.
The Executive (pictured above) boasts a full 316L/304 stainless steel case and band with classic styling, while the Roosevelt features a 316L/304 stainless steel case and sleek genuine black leather croc band. Inheriting 9FIVE’s dramatic design touches, each watch comes with options of rose gold, platinum and the signature black and teal color-way. Each dial face highlights the “9″ and “5″ numerals, offering a subtle nod to 9FIVE, along with intricate laser etched detailing.
For more info click the link.
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Justin Bieber was caught rolling Sydney, Australia’s Waterloo skatepark by the Daily Mail this week and he was sporting his new favorite hat company’s logo: Brixton.
While we’re quite certain the teen sensation is not on the Brixton flow team, there is nothing that turns the numbers like a little free promo on one of the world’s most talked about people. And right during the Christmas rush no less. Doesn’t seem like you could plan for anything this good.
For more photos of the Biebs on his skateboard (and Brixton MFG Co hat), click the link. Or follow the jump for a little video. And for the record, he’s got way more pop than lil’ Wayne.
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We have to admit, we’re not exactly up on the NYC and/or longboard surf scene, but apparently, Joel Tudor’s company Kookbox (which he co-founded with New York based photographer Andrew Blauschild), is having some organization issues, according to a story in the NY Post.
But Blauschild claims that Tudor — one of the world’s best-known surfers — became increasingly arrogant over the years and started treating him and other staffers like serfs . . . “Joel is one of the best-known surfers in history,” Blauschild told The Post. “But he has some issues.”
Now, Blauschild is suing Tudor in Federal court to have him “officially booted from the company.” Blauschild is also “demanding unspecified damages for slander and other misdeeds.” Guess that’s what happens when a California Surfer and a New York Photographer try to bridge the West Coast/East Coast gap in a business.
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Vans and Union Binding Company have teamed up on a binding to celebrates Vans 20 years in the snow game.
Joining forces with one of the leading binding producers in the industry, Vans and Union collaborate on a commemorative Vans 20th Anniversary binding, complete with Union’s proven Custom House construction. The limited edition Vans x Union collaboration celebrates a momentous occasion for both brands, as they acknowledge over twenty years of iconic Vans Snow heritage.
We’re always down for some old school styling. The Vans x Union binding is available now at Union retailers. For the binding and the official word from Van, follow the jump.
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Chad Muska has updated his Supra Skytop with with the release of the Skytop IV. Here’s what he has to say about it:
“The Skytop IV is something completely new,” Muska said. “It’s pushing footwear design into the future, it’s merging worlds, and different genres—it’s high fashion meets high performance athletic footwear. We really wanted to create a shoe that you could go skate with the homies in, then come home, put a fresh pair on, and go out at night in—one to skate, one to chill.”
The Skytop IV appears in stores on Friday, November 29, 2013. For the official word from Supra, follow the jump.
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Not only is Guy Mariano one of the hardest working skateboarders ever, he is the originator of his own Mariano Signature collection of outdoor heritage-influenced body coverings from Fourstar.
[The]. . . collection features the Mariano Signature L/S Flannel: a brushed flannel with an oversized plaid, the Mariano Signature Jacket: a quilted, cotton canvas parka with Mariano plaid flannel hood lining, dual entry workwear pockets, elbow patches and drawcord cinches. The Mariano Signature Jean: a five-pocket, button-fly stretch canvas pant available in three different washes and the Mariano Signature L/S Knit: a mid-weight jersey long-sleeve crew, offered in two heathered stripe colorways. Each piece is finished with Mariano’s signature trim package.
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Nixon announced today (Monday, November 18, 2013) that they have named former Dyrdek Group Chief Creative Officer Tom Jones as their Creative Director.
Nixon co-founder, Chad DiNenna, commented, “Nixon has collaborated with Tom over the years and we are excited to bring his experience and talent into Nixon. I am confident that his creative expertise, rooted in skateboarding, combined with his respect for world-class design uniquely qualifies him to cultivate the Nixon vision globally.”
Jones has deep, deep roots in skateboarding with long stints at DC Shoes, Plan B Skateboards, and with Dyrdek. For the official word from Nixon, follow the jump.
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Uppercut Deluxe, purveyors of authentic mens’ grooming goods, has signed surfer Jack Freestone as an ambassador.
Freestone joins a growing roster of Uppercut Deluxe ambassadors including surfers Josh Constable, Nick Wallace and Matt Chojnacki. Uppercut Deluxe director, Steve Purcell, says he’s proud that his company is representing a surfer who reflects his brand’s two most prized values— style and quality. “Jack Freestone represents a brand of surfing that aligns itself with the direction and values of Uppercut Deluxe,” says Purcell. “We do not look to conform, we are original and focused on style- just like Jack’s surfing.”
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