Under Armour is moving into Nike's backyard.On Thursday, the Baltimore-based Under Armour said it would open an innovation hub for footwear design and development in Portland, Ore. Nike is based in Beaverton, Ore., about eight miles from downtown Portland.Under Armour's new office will allow the brand to bring footwear design and development under one roof and marks what the company is calling its "'most significant push in the footwear business to date." The 70,000-square-foot facility, which Under Armour has named UX PDX, will include a biomechanics lab and a performance training center for athlete testing. It will employ around 100 people and is located in Southwest Portland, adjacent to the recently refurbished Duniway Park, on the site of a former YMCA facility.
“Footwear is a key driver of our long-term growth and success,” said Peter Ruppe Sr., vice president for footwear at Under Armour. “We’ve established a strong foundation, and now UA PDX represents a considerable leap forward toward creating leading performance footwear designed to make athletes better.”
Under Armour has been slowly making its mark in Portland, refurbishing and updating the sports fields, running tracks and trails at Lents and Duniway Parks downtown.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive