Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the merino wool adventure apparel category, today announced it would make its retail store debut in Seattle, Washington on November 15, 2012, just in time for the holidays. The new 1,500-square-foot â€œTouchLabâ€ will be located in downtown Seattle at 5th Avenue and Pike Street, blocks from the iconic Pike Place Market.
â€œSeattleites love the outdoors and have a great appreciation for nature and natural products, so this area is the perfect location for our newest TouchLab,â€ said Jeremy Moon, Icebreaker’s founder and CEO. â€œTheir active lifestyle and early adopter culture makes them our ideal customer, and they will especially appreciate merino wool’s â€œwarm when wetâ€ properties.â€
Natural, sustainably produced Icebreaker merino regulates body temperature in all climates, is highly breathable to prevent the clamminess associated with synthetics, and protects wearers from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also no stink, resisting odour and wearable for days â€“ sometimes weeks â€“ without washing.
Icebreaker has eight other North American TouchLabs: Portland, Oregon (home of its US headquarters); New York City (SoHo and the Meatpacking District), California (San Francisco and San Jose), MontrÃ©al and Vancouver, British Columbia (Kitsilano and North Shore). A ninth store, located in Vail, Colorado, will open its doors in November 2012, while a tenth store in Washington, DC, is scheduled for March 2013.
Icebreaker Seattle TouchLab
Address: 1429 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8p.m., and Sundays, 12-6 p.m.
Tel. 206-436-8205 and 206-436-8206
Note to Editors: PHOTO OF NYC MEATPACKING DISTRICT TOUCHLAB.
Launched in 1994, Icebreaker was the first company in the world to develop a merino wool layering system for the outdoors. It was also the first outdoor apparel company in the world to source merino directly from growers, a system it began in 1997. Icebreaker merino clothing for the outdoors, technical sports and lifestyle includes underwear, mid layer garments, outerwear, socks and accessories for men, women and children. Icebreaker is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and is sold in more than 3000 stores in 43 countries. See icebreaker.com for more information about Icebreaker, and jeremymoon.me for more information on Icebreaker founder and CEO Jeremy Moon.