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KNOWSHOW, Spring/Summer 2015 Video Recap

By Perry Pugh, General Manager, KNOWSHOW

We've just released the latest KNOWSHOW recap. Click play on the video below for a little look back at the show that took place July 29th - 31st, 2014.

KNOWSHOW S/S 15 Recap from KNOWSHOW on Vimeo.

See you all January 14 - 16th for the Winter Show!


Moss Adams Transaction Announcement: Evolv Sports & Designs LLC

By Geoffrey Haydon, Vice President, Moss Adams Capital


Evolv Sports & Designs has received an investment from Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., a private equity firm that also owns travel and outdoor apparel brand Royal Robbins. Moss Adams Capital acted as exclusive financial advisor to Evolv.

Founded in 2003 and based in Buena Park, California, Evolv has rapidly grown into one of the leading brands in the climbing-shoe market. The company, which has enjoyed a successful long-term partnership with legendary climber Chris Sharma, produces the number one–selling model in the United States.

Cofounder Brian Chung will continue as president and retain a significant equity stake in the business. “Moss Adams Capital did a great job helping us find the right partner for our brand,” Chung said. “I really appreciate how they went the extra mile for us throughout the process.”

Geoff Haydon of Moss Adams Capital added, “We’ve been very impressed with the company Brian and his partner Kim have built over the past 10 years. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Evolv as it develops into a truly global climbing and outdoor brand.”

Moss Adams Capital is an investment banking firm that provides strategic and transaction advice to private companies. A FINRA-registered broker-dealer with offices in Seattle; Irvine, California; and Los Angeles, Moss Adams Capital is affiliated with Moss Adams LLP, a national accounting and consulting firm with 22 offices in the United States.

SD Sport Innovators Now Accepting Applications for FREE Mentoring Program for Sports and Active Lifestyle Startups

By Lisa Freedman, Executive Director, SD Sport Innovators (SDSI)

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI), the business accelerator that connects and drives the growth of Southern California’s vibrant sports and active lifestyle (SAL) economy, is now accepting applications for Springboard 2.0, Class 5 from August 1 through September 7.

SDSI’s Springboard 2.0 is a no-cost, four-month intensive business accelerator program, which pairs qualified entrepreneurs with industry veterans for hands on mentoring. The purpose of Springboard is to fine tune a company’s business plan, prepare for capital funding opportunities and better position companies for success.

“The Springboard program has been instrumental in putting our company in the perfect position to raise money,” said Ian Sells, co-founder of 2013 Springboard Graduate Strong Volt, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art portable solar chargers. “We now have a laser focus with our business model and financial analysis. The SDSI mentors went above and beyond to help us perfect our business model and identify our strengths. I would recommend this program to any entrepreneur looking to grow their business and potentially raise investment capital.”

Companies who are accepted convene for each milestone to present their business opportunity to fellow Springboard participants, business advisors and domain experts for feedback. Mentoring occurs in stages starting with the development of the 15-minute investor presentation and then refining the presentation to create a five-minute ‘Quick Pitch’. The culmination of the program, for qualified companies, is the participation in an SDSI Capital Event.

Follow-up opportunities for SDSI Springboard Graduates include consideration to present at investor events such as SDSI Investor Draft, Rock Stars of Innovation as well as FundSourceOR, in collaboration with Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets.

To date, more than 40 companies have graduated from SDSI Springboard since it became a standalone program from CONNECT in 2011. Recent Springboard graduates include Intelly Surf, Ground-Based Nutrition, FITzee Foods, GrassAds Inc, and Lunatec. While SDSI’s resources are located in Southern California, Springboard is open to companies outside of the region; however travel to San Diego is required.

SDSI’s mentor group is comprised of more than 50 industry veterans and experts who volunteer their time to help guide these up-and-coming sports and actively lifestyle companies to become sustainable businesses that contribute to job creation and the overall health of the business community.

Apply to SDSI Springboard 2.0 here or contact Renne Catalano at rcatalano@connect.org.

Become an SDSI mentor and join the dynamic group of talented industry executives contact Renne Catalano at rcatalano@connect.org.


By Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel, President & CEO, CURVEXPO Lingerie & Swim Shows

CURVENY NEW YORK closed its doors on another fabulous edition on Tuesday, August 5th 4PM at Javits Center North. The show floor was buzzing with buyers placing orders throughout the three days. This session was the accomplishment of extra efforts taken over the last 2 years, providing a smooth exhibitor set-up, a fresh look with the updated show directory and selection guide, along with a clean, modern feeling through new booth structures and furniture.

The constant upbeat and positive atmosphere reflected the satisfaction achieved by both brand representatives and retailers alike. Not only did the number of buyers on show floor remain stable from the incredible +17% August 2013 session, but the buyers who attended the show were all of qualitative standing (2,700 buyers). The CURVEXPO team generated more than 200 connections between brands and retailers on show site. Also, over 1,000 appointments were created through the CURVEXPO website - more than ever the CURVEXPO platform brings its extra touch to accelerate business in a unique environment.

With over 300 exhibiting brands, the show floor displayed wide ranges of categories that attracted top buyers and made order writing affluent. Among some of the exciting, new, innovative brands attending the show there was: Babajaan, Paladini, Velvette, Underprotection, Sapphire Bliss, Korokora, Meng, Roser Samon Promise, Naja, The Muse Lingerie, Rouge Papaye, Insignia by Sigvaris, J'attire, Elizabeth Jane, Fajas Diseno D'Prada, Snoa Sleepwear, Madame Supertrash, Meng and many more...

Here are a few comments about the CURVENY NEW YORK show straight from the brands exhibiting: "I have done hundreds of trade shows and I have never seen a trade show team bringing me buyers like yours does." - (Calvin Kein) "This show is a record breaker" - (Commando)

The leading Department and chain stores were represented by: Dillard's (AZ), Bloomingdales (NY), Macy's (NY), Anthropologie (PA), Urban Outfitters (PA), Neiman Marcus (TX), Nordstrom (WA), Saks Fifth Avenue (NY)...

Online retailers present were: HerRoom (TX), Asos.com (UK), Freshpair (NY), Amazon (WA), Gilt Group (NY), Net-a-Porter (UK), Barenecessities.com (NJ), ShopBop (NY), Vente-Prive (NY)...

The specialty store presence was marked by: Journelle (NY), Alla Prima (CA), Azaleas (NY), Town Shop (NY), Bra Genie (LA), Bits of Lace (SC), Cheeky Intimate Apparel (Bahamas), Diane's Lingerie (BC), Intimacy (GA), La Petite Coquette (NY) and much more...

The different format seminars were very well received among the attendees of the show. The Eveden Fit School, always a popular event, added a twist this season by creating "Simply Swim," dedicated to taking away the fears of cup-size swimwear. On the first day of the show, insight on how to shop the Spring-Summer 2015 Trends on show floor was given by Promostyl. On the second day of the show, Proexport informed retailers and exhibitors of the new brands emerging in Colombia, as well as gave a look at what sourcing possibilities their country has to offer. Lelo's much anticipated event discussing the benefits of adding pleasure products to one's store offering to increase revenue was a big hit among retailers and press. Last, The Trend Wall placed at the entrance of the show and commented on a daily basis by trend specialist Maria Teresa Sampedro of Promostyl gave buyers a new opportunity for a more customized trend experience.

CURVEXPO will travel to the west coast on August 18 & 19 for CURVENV LAS VEGAS. The show promises to offer a strong business dynamic and a qualitative offering for both exhibitors and retailers. The introduction of the 20|40 program, the first ever Resort Hotel and Spa program organized by a swim and lingerie show will be the highlight of this session.

Tweet, Facebook and Instagram about the show live! We want to hear from you and your experience at the shows #curvenv - #curveny/@curvexpo


Register Now to Attend Agenda Las Vegas August 18-19, 2014

By Mike Carter, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, AGENDA Trade Show

Pre-Registration Required

Register Now to Attend

August 18 - 19, 2014 | 10am - 6pm
August 20, 2014 | 10am - 4pm

Sands Expo Center
201 Sands Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89169
250+ Brands

Agenda is now a permanent staple in Las Vegas Fashion Market Week. Agenda LV is a component of the Modern Assembly alliance of niche and specialty fashion trade shows. Together, the Modern Assembly presents a tightly curated grouping of men's and women's contemporary, boutique and progressive brands with Agenda serving as the streetwear, action sports and lifestyle-related extension. Juxtaposed against the vastly scattered and impersonal nature of the larger shows, Agenda LV maintains the intimate and personal experience that Agenda shows are known for.

10,000 buyers from across the globe peruse the 250 exhibiting brands throughout the three day show. Given the timing and grand scale of Las Vegas Market Week, the shows tend to draw many key media, celebrities, and high-level fashion executives. Las Vegas is where brands are able to make a substantial impression on key influencers. Agenda LV is an ideal platform to expand brand presence beyond traditional sales efforts and explore messaging and experiential strategies, maximizing their brand storytelling efforts. Las Vegas Market week is the most important week of the fashion industry calendar and Agenda is at the epicenter of the action.

Green is the Color of Money: Strategies and Innovation in Financing Fashion

By Mitchell Cohen, Western Regional Manager, CIT Trade Finance

Win a Trip to Pipe!

By Jessica Gellert, Social Media & Web Manager, Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay has been a proud sponsor of the The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for years.  Every November through December pro surfers, journalists and wave chasers call Turtle Bay home. The monster surf that pounds Fabled North Shore beaches is an exciting site for all, especially when surfers are in the mix fighting for the crown.  Now we want to invite you to experience the excitement of what is known as the Super Bowl of surfing.

We are giving away a trip for two to Hawaii (Thanks to our pals at Hawaiian Airlines), a five night stay at Turtle Bay and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… VIP passes to the Billabong Pipe Masters! You’ll be hanging out where only pro surfers and media are allowed to be during the surf event of the year.  So what are you waiting for!? Enter to win at www.winatriptopipe.com.  Don’t want to try your luck and be there? We have a limited number of a special packages that includes VIP passes to the Billabong Pipe Masters! You can book the “North Shore Ultimate Big Wave” by clicking here.

We hope to see you enjoying the waves this winter with us at Turtle Bay.


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Moss Adams Webcast: R&D Tax Credits for Manufacturers

By Peter Henderson, Manager, Moss Adams Capital

You're Invited...

Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific

Free Webcast, 1 CPE Credit

Register here
For many companies that participate in manufacturing activities, research and development is a critical part of being competitive in the global marketplace. And they often don’t realize the activities they’re already performing may qualify them for five- and six-figure tax refunds through the R&D tax credit.

Join this webcast to learn whether your company may qualify and how you can claim the credits you’re entitled to. 

Star Fischer, CPA | Moss Adams
Senior Manager

Peter Henderson, CPA |  Moss Adams

FundSourceOR to be held August 5th

By Lisa Freedman, Executive Director, SD Sport Innovators (SDSI)

FundSourceOR pitch event puts emerging companies in front of the outdoor industry investment community in Salt Lake City

SD Sport Innovators (SDSI) and sponsor Grow Utah partnered with Outdoor Retailer to announce that they will hold an exclusive, invitation-only investor event, FundSource OR. The forum was created to assist emerging companies find the capital investment needed to continue their growth, and will be held August 5, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
FundSource OR investor attendees will hear from six high-quality, emerging companies in the outdoor industry, all which have been vetted and have either graduated SDSI’s business accelerator program, Springboard, or are past winners of Grow Utah’s Concept to Company competition. Each company will present their business opportunity in five-minute pitches to potential investors and strategic partners with the intention of securing follow on meetings.
The inaugural FundSource OR was held January 2014 at Winter Market and included presentations from three SDSI Springboard graduates Cl!CK Carabiner, StrongVolt and Bon Hiver.
The heart of SDSI’s mission is to drive the growth of the Sports and Active Lifestyle industry. Through our Springboard business mentoring program and Grow Utah’s Concept to Company Competition, we create teams to prepare early stage companies for commercialization and investment opportunities.  We then assist in securing resources these companies need to continue their growth, most importantly capital investment.
In launching FundSource OR and establishing strategic relationships with Grow Utah and Outdoor Retailer, we have created a pipeline for investors, specifically those interested in the outdoor market, to some of the most promising and innovative companies breaking into the industry.
Investors interested in attending FundSource OR or in learning more about the dynamic and innovative up-and-comers from the sport and active lifestyle industry can contact SDSI’s Renne Catalano at rcatalano@connect.org.
Presenting companies include:
Arena Sciences (SDSI Springboard) www.arenasciences.com

Bike Fast Rack (Grow Utah Concept to Company Winner) www.BikeFastRack.com

Char Poles (Grow Utah Concept to Company Winner) www.CharPoles.com

GrassAds (SDSI Springboard) www.grassads.com

Lunatec, Inc. (SDSI Springboard) www.lunatecgear.com

ZOIC (SDSI Springboard) www.zoic.com

Retailers Adapt and Evolve in the Face of a Changing Economy and Consumer Behaviors

By Mitchell Cohen, Western Regional Manager, CIT Trade Finance

CIT Executive Insights Offers Outlook on the Retail Sector as Companies Shift Gears and Look for New Financing Solutions

In the face of an economy on a slow rebound and shifts in consumer behaviors, the winners among retailers since the Great Recession are those that are adapting their business models and keeping their brands relevant and their value proposition appealing to consumers. These are some of the views expressed by Burt Feinberg, President of CIT Corporate Finance, Commercial & Industrial, a division of CIT Group Inc., a leading provider of commercial lending, leasing and advisory services, in "Retail's Changing Landscape”  the latest piece of market intelligence in the CIT Executive Spotlight series of in-depth executive Q&As.

Read the full press release here.