Fashion

Lindsey Jacobellis Rocks The Soxxy

by The Editors on March 30, 2015

Lindsey JacX Games Boardercross ruler Lindsey Jacobelis has joined action photog/filmer Sky Rondenet (and others) on the Soxxy compression socks team, according to Soxxy founder and NYC PR maven Sarah Stabile.

“Lindsey caught my attention when she won the silver medal at the 2006, Winter Olympics. I felt an immediate bond, as a woman who also grew up in Connecticut, ski racing in New England,” said Soxxy CEO, Sarah Stabile. “I admire her dedication, it requires a true inner and outer strength to compete at Lindsey’s level.”

Few things hold it all together better than a good pair of compression socks. Seriously. For the official word from Soxxy, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Andy Mooney’s Quik Exit

by The Editors on March 27, 2015

Quiksilver-1It likely wasn’t quick enough for some, but it appears that Andy Mooney’s two year run in the Quiksilver CEO position is over. In a release today, Quiksilver said that Mooney is “no longer with the company.”

From our perspective that is one of the best bits of news out of Quiksilver in a while. On Mooney’s watch (which began January 11, 2013) Quiksilver sold off Mervin, Hawk, Moskova, and Maui & Sons. They lost Kelly Slater and began turning in some pretty big quarterly losses.

At first it seemed the street thought the losses were part of the pain of Mooney’s restructuring (with some help from a down market). By Halloween 2013 the stock was up to $8.11 on the promise that Mooney was pointed the right direction. But by June 2, 2014 it was obvious things weren’t going well and the stock began taking hit after hit until that ultimately left it at $2.25 at the close today (March 27, 2015).

Today’s after-hours dip of 15 percent (down to $1.90) may suggest some aren’t happy about today’s news either, but the Quiksilver board has a plan. It looks a little like this:

. . . Pierre Agnes, President of Quiksilver, Inc., has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and added to the Board of Directors; he succeeds Andy Mooney who is no longer with the company. In addition, Greg Healy, Quiksilver’s APAC Region President, has been promoted to President of Quiksilver, Inc., and Bob McKnight has been appointed Chairman. All changes are effective today. . . “The board has great confidence in Pierre’s ability and skills to lead our company. His primary focus will be on improving operational execution and efficiencies, and identifying growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. wholesale channel.”

It’s always good to see the people who intimately know the brand back at the helm. We’ll leave it at that. For some deeper thoughts on the news read Jeff Harbaugh’s post by clicking here. For the official word from Quiksilver, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Billabong Hit With Class Action Suit

by The Editors on March 26, 2015

Billabong CorpSome investors (Malone Family Superannuation Fund) who lost money when Billabong shares tanked in 2012 are now suing the company saying Billabong breached “its disclosure obligations,” according to a Reuters story.

The fund bought just under A$30,000 ($23,466) worth of Billabong shares at an average of A$4.35 per share in November 2011, the statement from the legal firm added. The shares later fell following a series of earnings downgrades. . . If Billabong had been more forthright, the fund “would either have bought Billabong securities at a price which had not been artificially inflated or they would have acquired securities in another listed entity instead”, the statement added.

Not surprisingly Billabong disagrees and says it will “vigorously defend” itself.

[Link: Reuters]

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Zeal Signs 4 Time Olympian Kjersti Buaas

by The Editors on March 23, 2015

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Snowboarder Kjersti Buaas has some new gear up and protecting her eyeballs. Yep, she’s reportedly now on the Zeal Optic program.

Growing up in Norway, Kjersti was on skis before most of us began walking. Starting at age one, Kjersti was born to be on the snow. At age 12, she tried snowboarding for the first time, and was instantly hooked. “My passion for snowboarding started at age 12, when I tried it for the first time and absolutely fell in love. Since then, I have had this never ending motivation to learn and express myself as much on my board as I possible can, whether it’s a trick in the park or if it’s just a lofty air into powder” says Kjersti.

For the official word from Zeal, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Active Launches First Digital Catalog

by The Editors on March 20, 2015

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Okay, so it’s taken Active Ride Shop a while to truly embrace the digital future, but since they made the effort we might as well welcome them with open arms. Yes, On March 19, 2015 Active launched its first “digital catalog.”

Viewers that click on an Active team rider or brand spotlight within the catalog are brought to the online store where they can see the entire collection and easily make a purchase. Known for providing the best product and service in the skate mail order business, this new digital catalog will compliment Active’s multi-medium mail order business that will still include its classic printed catalog. . . The world has become a very digital and social place in the time since print catalogs and magazines were king. The new Active Ride Shop Spring 15 digital catalog connects with people’s lifestyles through their phones, iPads or computers with social media buttons built into it so readers can easily share the newest signature product, Active Team Rider skate shots and brand features with their friends.

Again, it sounds a lot like what we were telling people in 1996, but then we were a little too far ahead of the curve on that one. Maybe now is the perfect time to jump in. Gotta admit, it’s a pretty smooth way to look at all the gear that’s out for sale right now. Much easier than burrowing through all the brands’ websites. For the official word from Active, please follow the jump.

[Link: Active Ride Shop Catalog] [click to continue…]

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Forrest Shearer Feels The Zeal

by The Editors on March 16, 2015

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See that little, tiny spec on that monstrous white wall? That’s Forrest Shearer, the newest member of the Zeal Optics team, working his big mountain magic. Now, he’s going to charge all the harder because he’s got some proper eyewear showing him the way (and someone paying him to wear it) which isn’t all bad these days.

“Forrest is one of the most legendary and inspiring snowboarders out there, and we’re so excited to have him in the ZEAL Family as he holds a passion that is found deep within every ZEAL ambassador,” says ZEAL Marketing’s Mike Lewis. “A passion and desire to explore more and a constant push to challenge himself and those around him to make the world a better place with his work with the POW Riders Alliance makes Forrest a perfect fit with the brand.”

For the official word from Zeal, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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9Five’s Spring Lookbook Gets Wet

by The Editors on March 12, 2015

9 Five kicks this lookbook video off with a little message to Luxottica’s Ray Ban brand and doesn’t slow down from there. All we can say is — trucks to your forehead.

[Link: 9 Five]

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Jim Jannard Buying Up Hanalei Bay

by The Editors on March 12, 2015

JannardOakley and Red camera founder (and #462 on Forbes Billionaire List) Jim Jannard is apparently buying up a couple beach front lots on Kauai’s North Shore according to a story in Pacific Business News.

Jannard is under contract to purchase several adjacent Hanalei Bay beachfront homes about a quarter-mile up the beach, a source tells PBN. . . . Jannard’s Kauains LLC in 2012 purchased a 23,162-square-foot parcel of land on Weke Road in Hanalei for $13.35 million from Jan Hailey Revocable Trust, near his current purchases. He sold it to Waioli Surf Shack Holdings LLC for $15 million a year later, according to public records.

If you’re going to own a strip of beach front somewhere in the world, it might as well be Hanalei Bay, right?

[Link: Pacific Business News]

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Quiksilver Postpones Earnings Report

by The Editors on March 4, 2015

Unknown-4Well, this isn’t good news. Quiksilver today (March 4, 2015) postponed its first-quarter financial report due to a “possible error,” according to a story on Fox News.

The company’s audit committee is investigating a “revenue cut-off issue” first noticed by management. . . The company was scheduled to post earnings Thursday. It expects to announce a new date for the release later this month. The audit committee will provide an update on the investigation at a March 16 board meeting.

In the meantime, shares of the company dropped 16 cents to $1.83.

[Link: Fox News]

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Brothers Marshall Know What’s SUP

by The Editors on March 3, 2015

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Leave it to the Brothers Marshall to sum it all up in one T-shirt. ‘Sup, bro?

[Link: Brothers Marshall]

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