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Tommy Hilfiger celebrates partnership with Autism Society San Diego

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — The Tommy Hilfiger Group enlisted actor Josh Bowman and professional surfers Kalani Robb, C.J. Kanuha and Alek Parker to participate in Autism Society San Diego’s annual summer surf camp.

In June, Josh Bowman and Kalani Robb, along with Gary Sheinbaum, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger North America and InStyle Magazine fashion director Cindy Weber-Cleary, co-hosted the opening event for the newest Tommy Hilfiger store opening in San Diego’s Fashion Valley Mall, benefitting the Autism Society San Diego.

Inspired by Autism Society San Diego’s mission and programs, Bowman and Robb came back to dedicate a day to teaching classes at the organization’s surf camp. Held at San Diego’s La Jolla Shores, the annual surf camp provides five weeks of one-on-one surf and swim instruction to persons with autism ages five years and up.

Through corporate donations and funds raised through consumer events, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation is underwriting Autism Society San Diego’s annual Surf Camp program to cover the costs for underprivileged families living in San Diego through 2016.

It designs and markets menswear, womenswear, children’s apparel and denim collections under the Tommy Hilfiger, Hilfiger Denim and Tommy Girl brands.

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Russell Athletic and Pierre Garcon deliver uniforms to HS football teams

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Russell Athletic brand deployed its brand ambassador and Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon to three Washington, D.C.-area high schools. Garcon delivered Russell Athletic uniforms to the school’s respective football teams.

The teams selected were from Thomas Jefferson (Alexandra, Va.), Theodore Roosevelt (Washington, D.C.) and Springbrook (Silver Spring, Md.).

"I want to thank Russell Athletic for helping me give back to the Washington D.C. community in such an impactful way," said Garcon. "Seeing the look on these kids’ faces, it definitely reminds me how fortunate I am to be in the NFL and have a platform to make such a difference in their lives."

Garcon visited all three schools in one day. On each stop of the 40-plus mile trek and nearly eight-hour day, Garcon delivered the uniforms, gave an inspiring pep talk to each team and participated in a Q&A with high school players and community members, where he signed autographs and posed for photos.

"Pierre is a phenomenal role model and we’re privileged to have him be a part of the Russell Athletic family," said Gary Barfield, EVP, Russell Brands, LLC. "We hope our selected high schools enjoy their uniforms and give them a great sense of pride each time they take the field this season."

The schools won the new uniforms by entering a social media contest hosted by Garcon’s team earlier this summer.

Russell Brands is a leading supplier of apparel and team uniforms at the high school, college and professional levels. Russell’s collegiate licensed products and athletic wear are broadly distributed and marketed through department stores, sports specialty stores, retail chains and college bookstores.

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Foot Locker delivers solid Q2

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NEW YORK — Despite experiencing some challenges, particularly in the U.S., Foot Locker reported a comparable-store sales of 1.8% for the second quarter ended Aug. 3.

Total second quarter sales were $1.5 billion, up 6.4% from $1.4 billion for the corresponding prior-year period. Total second quarter sales results include one month of Runners Point Group’s operations — the company recently completed acquisition of German athletic store chain Runners Point Group for $94 million. Foot Locker’s net income increased 12%, partly due to that acquisition.

For the period ended Aug. 3, the company earned $66 million, compared to $59 million a year ago.

“Sales in the second quarter were more challenging than we planned for, especially in the United States. Despite this headwind, we produced second quarter ongoing profit and sales results that were our best ever as Foot Locker, Inc., demonstrating that the execution of our strategic priorities continues to deliver solid financial and operational results for our shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Ken C. Hicks, chairman and CEO.

Foot Locker operated 3,495 stores — of which 194 were acquired in the RPG transaction — in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as of Aug. 3. In addition, 45 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea, as well as 24 Runners Point and Sidestep franchised stores, which were likewise added as part of the RPG acquisition.

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