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Smith Has a New Logo

05 January 2015, 20.51 | Posted in business | No comments »

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Goggle, sunglass (and helmet) brand Smith has started off 2015 with a pretty major change – a new logo. There’s not a lot to say about it, it’s simple and clean and it says Smith, but we like it. If you’re interested in a timeline of the company’s major developments since it was founded in 1965, hit the jump and click the image to expand.

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Nike SB Quits Snowboarding

26 September 2014, 10.10 | Posted in business, snowboarding | 2 comments »


Somebody get Mike Michalchuk on the phone. According to an article on ESPN.com and other sources Nike SB has officially thrown in the towel on snowboarding (and skiing too but who cares) meaning a major squad of riders including Sage Kotsenburg, Danny Kass, Halldor Helgason, Nico Muller, Louie Vito, Jed Anderson and more are soon to be without a major sponsor. If you’ve been following this thing called snowboarding for a while, it’s the second time that Nike has gone in and pulled out of snowboarding, the first time being with ACG in the early 2000’s (with Michalchuk as the poster boy). In the end its all about money with Nike, so the real question is whether anyone other than rappers who like to wear giant sneakers even care. Let us know your thoughts.

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Jake Burton Announces Massive Shakeups at Burton

23 October 2012, 18.46 | Posted in business, Skateboarding, snowboarding | 1 comment »


We could editorialize all day about this crazy news but its probably better you read it firsthand over at Transworld Business. The short version is that Forum, Foursquare and Special Blend are done after this season, Gravis is moving to Japan-only, Analog is moving back to a snow-only brand based in Vermont, and RED is being absorbed into anon. As fans of all these brands, we are bummed, the snow gods owe us some serious pow for this one.

COMUNE Press Release

22 June 2011, 12.45 | Posted in apparel, business | No comments »


After last weeks news of the departure of a large portion of COMUNE‘s staff due to a takeover of the brand by an investor, the company has released an official statement. Hit the jump to read what they have to say about the matter.

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COMUNE Killed by Hostile Takeover

17 June 2011, 16.27 | Posted in apparel, business, WTF | 5 comments »


In some major bummer news, we’ve learned that there’s been a full departure of staff at COMUNE following a takeover of the brand by an investor. We don’t know the entire story yet but from the sounds of it a corporate business model has once again killed a creative entity. Sucks, because we really liked the brand. Read the list of departing staff after the jump.

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Fully Flared Fully Girl

17 May 2011, 14.18 | Posted in business, Skateboarding, Sneakers, videos | No comments »


This video announcing Girl Distribution’s partnership with Lakai will make your day, guaranteed. Some brands just do everything right. From the cradle to the grave!

DC 1 Million Facebook Likes

25 September 2010, 13.51 | Posted in business, online, Shoes | No comments »


DC became the first action sports brand to reach 1 million likes on Facebook yesterday, just in time for the finals of their Pro Tour this weekend. A significant accomplishment in the age of social media, the company plans to pinpoint the 1,000,000th person to hit the like button and hook them up with a special prize pack. In comparison, Vans has 979,000 and Volcom 579,000 likes respectively.

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Grenade Shoes Up 600%

10 November 2009, 19.25 | Posted in business, lifestyle, Random, Sneakers | 6 comments »

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This is pretty random but we felt worthy of the post for a few reasons. The first being that we like Grenade and have always had high hopes for their success, the second being the fact that the shoes weren’t all that impressive at first glance, and the third being that if anyone is experiencing a 600% increase in sales, its gotta mean good things for everyone. So here it is, Grenade has pre-sold more than 9,000 pairs of kicks for Spring 2010 and footwear has become the most successful part of their business. Who woulda thought? We’ll let you know what happens next.

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DC Returns to Core Skate

14 September 2009, 11.09 | Posted in business, Skateboarding, Sneakers | 1 comment »

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We normally stay away from the boring businessy stuff but DC hired a new President named Anton Nistl today and sent out a release saying “DC Co-Founder Block Joins with Quiksilver CEO McKnight and Nistl to Return Brand Focus to its Core Skate Roots.” That’s a bold statement and we welcome it. CEO McKnight even goes on to say, “Anton and I will be working in close collaboration with DC co-founder Ken Block with a renewed commitment to refocus the brand on its core skate values including a realignment of product innovation and brand positioning. As we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times, I’m confident that a return to DC’s foundation of core technical skate products, marketing and distribution…will better position us for years to come.” Again, sounds dope…but the dude they hired , although chock full of experience (Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Pastry, Run Athletics, J-41, Esprit, Osh Kosh, Carters, Adidas, Fossil and Saucony) doesn’t have a single skate brand on his resume. Hmmm. Maybe they should’ve just given the job to Dyrdek. Read the whole release after the jump.

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Ambiguous “Circus” Online Tradeshow

13 August 2009, 14.35 | Posted in apparel, business, online, Skateboarding | No comments »

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In some interesting business news, Ambiguous clothing is launching something called The Circus, a totally online wholesaling system that eliminates the need for tradeshows or meetings at all for that matter. Now select retailers can enroll in the password protected program and get access to an online ordering system as well as marketing collateral and dealer specials. Referring to it as an “online tradeshow,” Ambiguous president David Patri said this, “Buyers that are unable to afford or attend tradeshows will now have a way to view the new line and get a complete feel for the company.” Definitely not a bad concept although there’s still got to be some human contact, no? It will be interesting to see if other brands follow suit.