Ventura, Calif. — Patagonia wants to dig up the dirt on what it takes to manufacture denim with its new collection that uses environmentally friendlier dye, Fair Trade Certified sewing practices and 100 percent organically grown cotton. What company leaders called the "filthy business of conventional denim" drove Patagonia to rethink the process, according to a news release.
Charlottesville, Va. — Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Ltd. has secured financing for inventory to stock its seven stores located in Virginia, Tennessee and New Jersey. The inventory capital is in addtion to the equity invested in June 2014 for the purchase and restructuring of the company by former management led by Stephen Nauss. He was owner and operator of the store dating back to 1973.
Freeport, Maine L.L. Bean plans to open its first brick-and-mortar store in Kansas and its 26th store outside of Maine in November 2015. The store is planned for the Town Center Crossing in Leawood, a suburb of Kansas City. “Most folks in the Kansas City area only know us by our catalogs and website,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail.
Seattle, Wash. — Outdoor equipment manufacturer MSR (Mountain Safety Research) has named Doug Sanders category director of stoves. In his new role, he will oversee all facets of product research, development and go-to-market strategies for the brand's stove category, which includes the WindBurner, MicroRocket, WisperLite and XGK lines. Sanders also will work on new introductions in the coming seasons.
Clearfield, Utah — Vista Outdoor Inc. announced it plans to offer $300 million in senior notes due 2023 to help repay a portion of its debt and for general corporate purposes. The notes would be senior unsecured obligations of Vista Outdoor and would be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by some of its existing and future domestic subsidiaries, according to a news release.
White Haven, Pa. — The Eastern Winter Sports Reps Association has decided not to change the dates of its 2016 Winter Sports Mart, which will be held Jan. 5-7 at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The decision came after the EWSRA's board of directors voted unanimously to leave the 2015-16 show schedule unchanged.
Latham, N.Y. — Insulation and fabrics manufacturer PrimaLoft has been confirmed as the largest supplier of bluesign-approved insulations. The company was the first branded synthetic insulation manufacturer to obtain the certificiation for its products in December 2010 and now offers 16 different bluesign-certified PrimaLoft insulations, including staple fibers and continuous filaments.
Wadhurst, England — Nikwax's Down Wash Direct has won an OutDoor Industry Award in the Sustainable Innovations category recently in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The product, launched earlier this year, cleans and restores water repellency of both untreated and treated hydrophic down. The wash is water based and PFC free.