Vancouver-based retailer gains cross-country recognition for urban athletic apparel
VANCOUVER, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - RYU Apparel Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU & Frankfurt Stock Exchange: RYA), the world's first tailored, technical urban athletic brand, recently made headlines in Canada, gaining recognition in both the Globe and Mail and Vancouver Sun.
Listed among Lululemon and Arc'teryx as a top athletic apparel "brand name to know," the article in the Globe and Mail highlights a handful of RYU's hero garments including the women's tights, men's Everywear Jogger, and celebrated bag line, describing the pieces as well-structured, flattering, and easily transitioned from the gym to casual wear.
Along with the garments, the article also highlighted RYU's impressive flagship store which was recently named Best Store by WGSN's Futures Awards in London, and noted the brand gained further credibility this spring after being included in Goop's online and pop-up shop.
The Vancouver Sun similarly pointed to recent accolades while highlighting RYU's in-store experience, pointing to the unique use of the space which helps facilitate a sense of community:
"The store has three distinct spaces: an 800-square-foot area which trainers can use at no charge to work with their own clients; a 3,000-square-foot retail space with modular fixtures that allow for hosting after-hours classes and community meetings; and an 800-square-foot outdoor courtyard suitable for complimentary fitness classes."
Brett Pawson, VP Retail and Operations for RYU points to the benefit of giving back to the community through the use of space.
"It's actually an amazing investment for us," said Pawson. "We are creating something that we think will pay for itself over and over again. Without those relationships and that sense of connectedness, we're just another store."
RYU is currently working on plans for two new brick-and-mortar stores in Metro Vancouver set to open before the end of 2016.
RYU Apparel Inc. is the world's first tailored, technical urban athletic brand engineered for the fitness, training and performance of the multi-discipline athlete. Designed without compromise, RYU exists to facilitate human performance. For more information, visit: http://ryu.com
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