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Polartec supports Houdini North American launch

Polartec will support sell-through of the Swedish sportswear company at key retail accounts and leverage these relationships to share brand stories.

31st October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Andover, MA


Polartec, the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, has announced its support of the North American launch of Houdini Sportswear, the Swedish company offering a complete range of functional clothing.

Both Houdini and Polartec will support sell-through with key retail accounts and leverage these relationships to share their brand stories. The brands will tell their stories via special events at these locations, targeted product seeding, and other promotions.

The two brands share a commitment to sustainability. Polartec is a leader in sustainable manufacturing and pioneered the development of recycled (and recyclable) fabrics. Ninety-nine percent of Houdini’s products are either recycled, biodegradable or bluesign-certified.

Fostering collaboration

The leadership of both Houdini and Polartec have helped to foster this deep collaboration. Led by CEO Eva Karlsson, Houdini is predominantly led by women in an industry traditionally dominated by men, and the company recently published the Planetary Boundaries Assessment report, the first-ever corporate sustainability report based on the planetary boundaries framework.

Meanwhile, Polartec CEO Gary Smith has reconfigured the Polartec global manufacturing footprint with respect to environmental responsibility, while continuing to lead product innovations, such as new fabric constructions that enable greater versatility. This work has helped turn over one billion plastic bottles into premium performance fabric innovations, the company reports.

Special events

Events currently planned include a fall pop-up and launch party at Westerlind New York City, a winter shop-in-shop and launch party at the new Westerlind Denver store during the OR+SIA trade show, and a spring 2019 shop-in-shop at The Athletic Community in Portland, OR.

The full list of retailers includes: EVO, Paragon Sports, Backcountry, Westerlind, Sporting Life, Beyond Boston, Portland Dry Goods, Powder 7 and Moosejaw. © Polartec

“Houdini shares our commitment to taking meaningful actions that improve the sustainability of our products, supply chain and business practices,” said Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “As longtime partners in Europe, we’re thrilled to support their introduction to the North American market. Their quality and versatility will be embraced by a new base of customers, while their business transparency sets a standard the entire industry should strive for.” 

“Polartec is our longest running partner and one synonymous with uncompromising quality and craftsmanship,” commented Eva Karlsson, CEO at Houdini. “In the early days when Houdini was a peer-to-peer business among climbers and mountaineers, they were kind enough to let us into the samples room to buy fabric by the meter. Today, 25 years later, they’re still a key partner and to have their support in launching Houdini to the North American market is invaluable. I’m very proud of the strong bond we’ve forged as companies.”

Exciting project

“My sales agency has been involved with many non-domestic brand launches including Fjällräven and Vuarnet, and this Houdini launch is by far the most successful,” added Andrea Westerlind, Houdini North American sales agent. “I attribute this to multiple factors: the timing of an all-sustainable brand, and the clean lines and beautiful colours, which feel both fresh and timeless. Houdini truly brings something to the North American market that consumers have not seen already. It’s a very exciting project to be a part of.”

Houdini Power Houdi with Polartec Power Stretch Pro fabric. © Polartec

The full list of retailers for the fall 2018 Houdini North American launch includes: EVO, Paragon Sports, Backcountry, Westerlind, Sporting Life, Beyond Boston, Portland Dry Goods, Powder 7 and Moosejaw.

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