by Larry Eder
A new brand to North America, 361°, will begin showcasing product in October 2014 to the American consumer, with a full roll out in Spring 2015.
What makes 361°different?
361° has brought in senior executives, experienced with presenting a technical brand from outside of Asia to not only launch the new line, but, most importantly, build a team that understands the daily challenges of being successful in what is the running and sports footwear business in North America.
361° Press Release:
Rich Bourne, former ASICS COO, and Jim Monahan, former ASICS VP of Footwear, are who 361° choose to launch the brand in North America. Both Bourne and Monahan are well respected and highly knowledgeable as well as experienced veterans of the sneaker wars. Bourne managed nearly nineteen years of growth for ASICS America, while developing one of the finest business teams in the industry. Jim Monahan focused on product at ASICS, managing one of the finest footwear teams in the running business during his tenure. Both Bourne and Monahan have found new challenges with 361°. The opportunity to launch a brand in a new market comes rarely in a career.
We look forward to seeing the 361° product launch!
IRVINE, Calif., September 16, 2014 - 361°, a leading Chinese athletic brand, is pleased to announce its expansion into the United States with 361° USA. The North American division of the second largest athletic brand in China will debut with a variety of athletic and lifestyle footwear and apparel for men and women, which will be available in select retailers this winter, with a full collection following in Spring 2015.
Prominent industry executives jumped at the chance to introduce this award-winning athletic brand into North America. Jim Monahan, former Vice President of Footwear for ASICS America, is the President of 361° USA and Rich Bourne, past President and COO of ASICS America, serves as a strategic business advisor. The two have assembled a talented team who has a mix of experience, skill and creativity in the sporting goods industry.
"We are building a brand in the U.S. from the inside out," says Jim Monahan, President of 361° USA. "Our goal is to build quality performance product through extensive research and development while paying attention to the demands of the consumer. Our success in the United States will contribute to 361° becoming a top five global sports brand in the future."
Sensation, Orange with Black
"361° is One Degree Beyond" is the mantra behind the brand's core vision. Whether it is performance, innovation, style or service, the brand's mission is to raise the expectation "One Degree Beyond." This mantra has rung true for the brand in China and other international markets, with product that meets and exceeds the needs of consumers, and a global presence affiliated with leading athletes such as NBA All-Star Kevin Love.
will continue the legacy founded in China in 2003 with innovation continuing to be an important component for the brand. For Spring 2015, 361° USA will introduce proprietary technology with its Quick Dynamic Defense (QDD) which will be a key feature of footwear in the brand's performance running, training and trail collections. QDD is a unique three-layer process in the midsole that will provide stability, rebound and comfort while maintaining a lightweight feel. Key styles will include the 361 Sensation, Chromoso and Impulse, and retail prices will range from $65 to $120.
The Spring 2015 collection will also include performance apparel and an extensive lifestyle footwear collection for men and women.
In October, 361° USA will launch its first marketing campaign focused on out-of-home media featuring the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love as well as traditional, grassroots and digital initiatives. The communication strategies will include a long list of strategic partners and brand ambassadors as part of an aggressive attack on the performance running and training communities. The brand has teamed up with a crew of experienced and savvy art directors with an energetic and youthful vision to lead the creative platforms across all marketing campaigns.
For more information, visit www.361usa.com
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