Patagonia to clean up its denim manufacturing

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patagonia-logoVentura, 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.

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports secures inventory financing

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blue-ridge-mountain-sportsCharlottesville, 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.

L.L. Bean continues brick-and-mortar expansion

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L.L. Bean logoFreeport, 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.

MSR names Doug Sanders category director of stoves

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doug-sandersSeattle, 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.

PrimaLoft confirmed as largest bluesign-certified insulation supplier

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primaloft-logoLatham, 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.

OutDoor show honors NikWax's innovative new down wash

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Down Wash DirectWadhurst, 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.