WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (October 1, 2012) â€” Ibex Outdoor Clothingis heading west to open a brick-and-mortar retail store in Seattle, Washington this November.
â€œOpening in Seattle is a natural fit for Ibex,â€ said John Fernsell, co-founder and CEO of Ibex. â€œThe Pacific Northwest is a strong market for us, which made expansion to Seattle an easy decision.â€
Opening its doors in mid November, Ibex's new 1,250-square-foot retail location will be located just north of downtown Seattle in University Village, an open-air lifestyle shopping center comprising locally-owned boutiques and signature national retailers. The Ibex store will be located at 2627 NE University Village St., directly next to the new TazoÂ® Tea.
The new store will showcase Ibex's fall 2012 collection including Ibex's new collection of Wool Aire insulated outerwear (made in Vancouver Canada), men's and women's lifestyle apparel, Merino wool cycling gear, and wool accessories. The new store will also proudly carry Ibex's collection of 'field to factory' garments sourced and made entirely in the USA â€“ from the wool that comes from Montana to the finished garments that are cut and sewn in California.
The store will have a warm, inviting atmosphere with design elements evocative of the company's Vermont roots and sustainable ethos. The walls of the store will be made from exposed boards taken from a Vermont barn. Ibex is working with local Seattle company Myer Wells to design the store's cash wrap with reclaimed steel and a reclaimed wood countertop.
Ingratiating itself and becoming part of the Seattle community is also a top priority for Ibex. â€œWe are thrilled to be in Seattle and be part of the community of University Village,â€ said Ibex Seattle store manager Jenny Demetrio. â€œWe look forward to getting involved with local community associations and organizations by participating in local events and by hosting community-building opportunities at the store. In addition, our location right off the Burke Gilman Bike Trail certainly gives us a welcoming link to our community of cyclists in the Pacific Northwest, and we look forward to riding with them too.â€
Ibex's new retail store complements Ibex's multi-channel approach of wholesale, web and brick-and-mortar retail. The Vermont-based wool clothing company opened its flagship retail location in Boston in September 2010.
Ibex Seattle will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm, and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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Founded in 1997 and headquartered in White River Junction, VT, Ibex is a designer of year-round Merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance and properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for a diverse range of outdoor and active pursuits and passions. Men's and women's items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand, Uruguay, and the United States. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. For additional information, please visit ibex.com.