Industry Buzz: LOWA, Trek recall, Melissa Arnot Reid and Mandy Moore, new Chilean sunglass brand, and more

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  • Acquisition: LOWA acquired its longtime Italy-based shoe manufacturer, Riko Sports. The move increases LOWA's workforce from 250 to more than 2,000. Its parent company, the Tecnica Group, will acquire the 15 percent stake of LOWA owned by the Castellani family, (Riko Sport’s president is Renzo Castellani.), for a total of 75-percent ownership of LOWA.
United By Blue toiletry case in People magazine

S/O to United By Blue for landing in the pages of People Magazine.

  • Spotted: United By Blue made an appearance in People Magazine as having the best toiletry bag, the Pitch Toiletry Case. Melissa Arnot Reid was also pictured in a story about her trek to Everest Base Camp with celebrity Mandy Moore.
  • North America debutKarün, a sustainable eyewear brand and Certified B Corporation based in Patagonia, Chile, is launching sunglasses and eyeglasses made from natural and recycled materials sourced from local communities and rural entrepreneurs in Patagonia.
Mandy Moore and Melissa Arnot Reid in people magazine

Melissa Arnot Reid, left, treks with Mandy Moore.

  • Snowsports Industries America has partnered with LIG Solutions, a division of Lighthouse Insurance Group, to offer its members, their families, their employees, and others committed to the SIA mission access to exclusive healthcare insurance coverages. The program is scheduled to launch this summer and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) community members will be notified when the program is live at
  • Leave wildlife alone: Less than a week after a 9-year-old girl was bucked by a bison in Yellowstone National Park, a 17-year-old girl was gored in the thigh and tossed into the air at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
  • Climate fight: A Boulder climate scientist is suing the Trump administration after she claims she was let go from the National Park Service for refusing to eliminate mentions of human-caused climate change from a report.
  • Milliken & Company, which just acquired Polartec, named Jeff Price executive vice president of operations for Milliken & Company. Chad McAllister was named the successor to Price as president of Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles division