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22nd August 2018, Winston-Salem, NC

Champion Athleticwear debuts new retail store in NY

Champion Life Women's Reverse Weave cropped colorblock pullover hood. © Champion AthleticwearChampion Athleticwear, a maker of authentic athletic apparel, is continuing to expand its retail footprint with a second US retail specialty store opening in New York City. Originally founded in Rochester, NY, Champion selected Manhattan because of its global reputation as one of the world’s top shopping destinations. The SoHo neighbourhood, in particular, embodies a sphere of significant influence within fashion, art, sports and entertainment, the company explains.

At the store’s grand opening on 25 August, the first 500 customers to shop will receive a limited-edition canvas tote bag with exclusive art designed by Andre Trenier, a local Bronx artist. The 4,900 square-foot store will feature onsite customisation, which now includes embroidery and patches, allowing shoppers to design one-of-a-kind Champion garments made on-demand and tailored to their specific preferences.

“In today’s retail landscape, it’s vital to create a direct connection with our consumers,” said Susan Hennike, President Champion Athleticwear. “With the brand’s 100-year anniversary approaching, being able to celebrate Champion’s rich history while providing a seamless customer experience makes this the right time and place for Champion to continue expanding our retail presence. Our New York store will have the most comprehensive assortment of Champion product assembled anywhere in the US, making it the ultimate destination for our shoppers.”

Collections

In addition to customisation, there will be specialised product assortments available only in the SoHo store, including the ongoing collaboration with designer Todd Snyder and both the European and Japanese collections. Regional collections, inspired by the New York City area, in which the store resides, and exclusive styles, colours and partnerships with local artists, such as Andre Trenier, will be available. With Champion’s step back into footwear this year, a dedicated wall of sneakers will feature items from its new fall 2018 product line. Ranging in materials from suede, leather and knit, the retro-inspired joggers are perfect for consumers looking to shop classic footwear pieces.

“The store will showcase not only our signature franchise, Reverse Weave, but also celebrate Champion’s unique heritage as an innovator and pioneer in iconic athleticwear products,” said David Robertson, Director Champion Brand Marketing. “Establishing this touchpoint in New York creates an opportunity to engage with our consumers, share our company’s strong heritage, and ultimately bring the brand to life and show what it means to be a champion.”

Reverse Weave

In conjunction with the launch, the store will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the brand’s iconic Reverse Weave sweatshirts and hoodie, knit to resist vertical shrinkage. Five vintage Reverse Weave items, the brand’s signature franchise, will be displayed throughout the store.

To continue the celebrations, a limited-edition anniversary style will be available exclusively at the store in fall 2018. The retail space will display archived pieces of historical significance for the very first time in a permanent vault, allowing Champion fans to better experience the brand’s rich history while in store. Archived pieces include a football jersey, Dream Team jersey, collegiate jacket, an early sweater and a T-shirt.

Store’s design

Through a combination of new and vintage imagery, product displays and merchandising, the store’s design provides a perfect backdrop to bring its heritage to life. Key materials used throughout the store provide a sports-inspired arena for customers to utilise, including actual bleachers for a functional seating option and recycled basketball courts reimagined as display fixtures.

Situated in Lower Manhattan, the store creates a space for shoppers to visit when looking for classic styles, every day staples or bold designs, all curated and merchandised by Champion for a unique experience.

www.champion.com

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