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Industry News – March 4, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Friday, March 4th, 2016…

HOUSE OF VANS WILL CELEBRATE THE BRAND’S SEMI-CENTENNIAL WITH WORLDWIDE CELEBRATIONS – Hypebeast
“The House of Vans installations will feature activities like DIY workshops, shoe personalization booths, and an interactive display of Vans’ as-yet unreleased 2016 campaign. All of this will be contextualized by displays detailing Vans’ 50 years of history thus far.”

ADIDAS ORIGINALS IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE FUTURE – Nylon
“The rise of sneaker culture has brought more attention to what we put on out feet than ever before. Tried and true brands, like adidas Originals, have elevated themselves to the level of cult classics, whose followers are as devout as they are fashion forward. adidas Originals’ latest iteration of its Tubular collection is rooted in the past with its eyes looking toward the future. Built for urban exploration, the new Viral and Defiant models are fancy without being fussy, comfortable while still street style cool.”

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON AND UNDER ARMOUR REVEAL THEIR INAUGURAL COLLECTION PIECES – Hypebeast
“With news that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be working along Under Armour already in the air, you finally have the opportunity to add some of the pieces from the partnership to your own daily routine. The first two introductory pieces include the UA x Project Rock Range Duffle along with the UA x Project Rock Regiment Backpack. Both available now via Under Armour’s site, ranging from approximately $100 to $125 USD, the partnership is set to inspire those who are all a work in progress to stay motivated.”

THE 27-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER OF ‘LULULEMON FOR HIPSTERS’ DESCRIBES HOW NIKE IS DOING IT WRONG – Business Insider
“For years, brands like Nike and Under Armour have focused on performance wear that helps athletes excel to the best of their abilities.  But what if you want to take competition out of exercise? Enter Outdoor Voices, the athleisure company that has been called the “Lululemon for hipsters.””

RALPH LAUREN TEDDY BEARS SPARK LAWSUIT – Footwear News
“A Manhattan designer of stuffed animals on Thursday sued Ralph Lauren Corp, accusing it of creating an illegal market for stuffed teddy bears resembling her own. Samantha Goldberg said Ralph Lauren since 2001 has been selling teddy bears handmade from imported Scottish cashmere by her company, Alvin & Sparky LLC. She said her “Big Teddy” retails for $195, while “Little Teddy” sells for $170.”

WHAT A PAIR: MANOLO BLAHNIK & RIHANNA TEAM ON SHOE COLLECTION – Footwear News
“After debuting a collection for Puma at New York Fashion Week last month, Rihanna now has a very different footwear collaboration in the works — with none other than Manolo Blahnik.”

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