Sinopse

Interviews with execs at major retailers and brands in outdoor, footwear, sports, and textile industries.

Episódios

  • Steve Hamel, Third Mind Founder | #149

    Steve Hamel, Third Mind Founder | #149

    26/08/2020 Duração: 21min

    Third Mind Founder and footwear industry veteran Steve Hamel discusses the Los Angeles-based footwear brand he started and its focus on sustainability.

  • Barry McGeough, Wolverine Worldwide | #148

    Barry McGeough, Wolverine Worldwide | #148

    05/08/2020 Duração: 14min

    Barry McGeough, the industry vet recently named VP of Advanced Concepts and Innovation at Rockford, MI-based Wolverine Worldwide, discusses his mission to bring new technologies, materials and other advancements to the company’s portfolio of 12 footwear brands. He also addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic is acting as an accelerant in advancing the adoption of many emerging trends.

  • Terry Schalow, RIA Executive Director, Sounds Off on Industry Outlook | #147

    Terry Schalow, RIA Executive Director, Sounds Off on Industry Outlook | #147

    29/04/2020 Duração: 11min

    As the executive director of the Running Industry Association, Terry Schalow has had a front-row seat to the effects of the near-overnight changes in the industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns. With stores facing declines in revenue and existential threats to business, the RIA has gotten to work: launching a resource guide, surveying the industry as a whole to determine needs and working to coordinate a response. The RIA itself hasn’t been immune from the shakeup: the second edition of the KICK show, scheduled for May in Denver, has been converted into a virtual event, with details still to come. In this week’s podcast, Schalow sounds off on the industry outlook, what stores want and what comes next.

  • Elias Gröndal, Findsourcing.com | #146

    Elias Gröndal, Findsourcing.com | #146

    04/03/2020 Duração: 15min

    Elias Gröndal, the former footwear sourcing and production planning executive for H&M, discusses his latest venture, Findsourcing.com, and how it can connect brands with suppliers around the world. Gröndal also addresses how the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis may impact global footwear supply chains.

  • Kevin Cole, CEO of Original Footwear Talks Aim to Expand Reach | #145

    Kevin Cole, CEO of Original Footwear Talks Aim to Expand Reach | #145

    12/02/2020 Duração: 15min

    Family-owned Original Footwear Inc., the Morristown, TN, parent of the Altama and Original S.W.A.T. brands distributed into military and law enforcement channels, was recently acquired by Brand Velocity Partners (BVP). Original Footwear Company, headed by Kevin Cole, is maneuvering to expand the reach of a new street, military-inspired collection into mainstream footwear retail distribution. Starting this month, Original Footwear’s initial distribution will focus its distribution on military exchanges as it works to develop test launch programs with two or three national footwear chains ahead of a broader rollout with SMUs and 10 additional color ways in 2021.  For more on the rollout strategy and the brand’s Made in America story, listen to our podcast interview with Original Founder and CEO Kevin Cole here.

  • Hugh, John and Joe Gaither of Feetures | #144

    Hugh, John and Joe Gaither of Feetures | #144

    22/01/2020 Duração: 17min

    Feetures, the Hickory, NC performance sock company, is a family affair for the Gaithers. Led by CEO and Founder Hugh Gaither and joined by sons John and Joe and daughter, Catherine Leitch, the brand has set its sights on the independent footwear channel. Here, Hugh, John and Joe Gaither discuss the company’s ascension in the run specialty market and broadening their reach.

  • Aron Tremble and Chris Bellamy, Wiivv Wearables | #143

    Aron Tremble and Chris Bellamy, Wiivv Wearables | #143

    15/01/2020 Duração: 29min

    Chris Bellamy and Aron Tremble, senior executives with Vancouver, Canada-based Wiivv Wearables, dish on key data findings from 13 million data points on foot size and shape, the increased consumer demand for customized fit products, 3D scanning and how offering customized products can increase store traffic.

  • Caroline de Baere, co-founder of Bendy Shoes | #142

    Caroline de Baere, co-founder of Bendy Shoes | #142

    08/01/2020 Duração: 12min

    Over her career, Caroline de Baere has been involved in footwear from almost all angles. Today, she’s on the faculty of the California School for the Arts, an expert witness in legal cases involving footwear firms and the co-founder of sustainable brand Bendy by Ashbury Skies. In this week’s podcastm she talks with with us about the state of the industry and sustainable fashion.

  • Michael Kadous, Head of North America, Adidas Outdoor | #141

    Michael Kadous, Head of North America, Adidas Outdoor | #141

    18/12/2019 Duração: 11min

    We recently connected with Michael Kadous, who took charge as head of North American operations for Adidas’ Outdoor business unit in March 2019. Listen to our podcast, where Kadous discusses the transition at Adidas Outdoor, as well as opportunities and strategies for 2020 and beyond.

  • Go2Practice.com’s Joanna Stahl | #140

    Go2Practice.com’s Joanna Stahl | #140

    25/11/2019 Duração: 23min

    The founder of the fitness search engine and group fitness instructor for Equinox and Crunch sits down with us in New York to discuss her venture, current trends in fitness, the workout desires and differences of Millennials and Baby Boomers and the Peloton phenomenon.

  • FattMerchant’s Lyndsey Lang | #139

    FattMerchant’s Lyndsey Lang | #139

    25/11/2019 Duração: 11min

    The chief strategy officer for the Orlando, FL-based payment technology company delves into the proper payment processing strategies for small- and medium-sized retailers. FattMerchant, which says it was the first firm to market subscription-based payment processing plans, offers a one-stop experience to operate all things payment-related.

  • Bill Kirkendall Weighs In on Specialty Running | #138

    Bill Kirkendall Weighs In on Specialty Running | #138

    18/11/2019 Duração: 14min

    The longtime industry executive and CEO of the Running Specialty Group dishes on the specialty run marketplace, the Denver company’s acquisition strategy, the future of the Olympia Sports banner in New England, and his hopes for the overall running business in 2020.

  • Irwin P. Raij on NCAA Rule Changes | #137

    Irwin P. Raij on NCAA Rule Changes | #137

    04/11/2019 Duração: 13min

    The O’Melveny attorney and Co-Chair of the Sports Industry Group address some of the crucial issues that still must be addressed in the wake of the NCAA’s recent decision to allow student-athletes to benefit from the name, image and likeness in 2021.

  • Jared Robins, President of NoSweat, Tackles Perspiration | #136

    Jared Robins, President of NoSweat, Tackles Perspiration | #136

    28/10/2019 Duração: 10min

    Jared Robins, president of NoSweat, says the start-up is aiming to raise $1.5 million in Series A funding by the end of 2020. Performance, safety and hygiene are the pillars of the Minneapolis company. NoSweat makes performance headwear liners that you can peel and stick inside your headwear. The company is focusing on R&D and becoming a performance brand tied to its name.

  • Angelo Ng, Wolverine Worldwide’s New Chief Merchant Officer | #135

    Angelo Ng, Wolverine Worldwide’s New Chief Merchant Officer | #135

    21/10/2019 Duração: 08min

    Angelo Ng, who spent more than 18 years working for Levi Strauss in a variety of roles and nearly four years at Nike, has been hired by Wolverine Worldwide as the company’s first-ever Chief Merchant Officer. He is being charged with developing a merchandising growth strategy and innovation roadmap for Wolverine’s dozen brands, which include Merrell, Sperry and Saucony. He has three-year objectives but believes consumers will begin to see some of the changes by Summer 2020. We discuss these topics and more with Ng in this week’s podcast.

  • Jeff Garabedian of New Balance Gears Up for TCS New York City Marathon

    Jeff Garabedian of New Balance Gears Up for TCS New York City Marathon

    14/10/2019 Duração: 15min

    Jeff Garabedian, head of global performance running apparel for New Balance, discusses the brand’s third year as the race’s official footwear and apparel sponsor. He also touches on trail running, the use of reflectives in running apparel and the brand’s overall approach to its key race properties, which also include the London Marathon, Nagoya, Japan Women’s Marathon and Shanghai, China Half Marathon.

  • Monica Eaton-Cardone, the COO and Co-Founder of Chargebacks911 | #133

    Monica Eaton-Cardone, the COO and Co-Founder of Chargebacks911 | #133

    30/09/2019 Duração: 18min
  • Ed Schauder, Head of Sports Law Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP | #132

    Ed Schauder, Head of Sports Law Practice at Phillips Nizer LLP | #132

    16/09/2019 Duração: 18min

    Ed Schauder, who heads the sports law practice for Phillips Nizer in New York, talks about the far-reaching impact of possible legislation like California’s “Fair Pay to Play” Act on the future of collegiate sports and licensing. He has more than 30 years year experience in the sports and entertainment space, creating programs to protect and market intellectual property and negotiating licensing and corporate sponsorships and endorsement pacts.

  • Keaton Hendricks, Founder of Sky Outfitters | #131

    Keaton Hendricks, Founder of Sky Outfitters | #131

    03/09/2019 Duração: 09min

    Sky Outfitters, started by college student Keaton Hendricks, is selling socks, beanies and scarves. And the three-year old Indiana company, which follows a similar business strategy similar to Bombas, wants to help the nation’s less fortunate in homeless shelters in the process.

  • Sam Garzon, CEO of Soccer Footwear Start-up UnoZero | #130

    Sam Garzon, CEO of Soccer Footwear Start-up UnoZero | #130

    19/08/2019 Duração: 13min

    Sam Garzon, the founder and CEO of Miami-based UnoZero, says the young company’s name was inspired by all the soccer greats who have worn the number 10 on the pitch. Everyone from Pele and Zidane to Totti.

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