Monthly Archives: July 2016

Looks To Love: On Campus With League For Fall 2016

 

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The cover of our Fall 2016 catalogue.

What will you see new on campus this fall? League’s Fall 2016 line! Our latest collections were created with looks that you will love.

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Relaxing in our Chelsea Full-Zip on our sublimated Spirit blanket; a dorm room staple.

Our Story

We favor style over fashion, we honor the rich traditions and heritage of the Ivy League. We are big fans of classic and timeless. We are inspired by the best of the All American lifestyle. We love designing iconic styles to look fresh and designing new trends that look iconic. We find clothes look their best well-worn and broken-in.

 

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Wearing two pieces from our women’s Freshy collection: the Freshy camp ringer tee and the Freshy camp short.

We appreciate quality and use the finest materials and techniques. We are thoughtful with our design details. We are truly authentic, and our collection is exclusive to campus bookstores.

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Classic style in coordinating Chelsea Crews.

Innovation and excellence drive us. We consider our company to be a family. We don’t believe in outsourcing to low cost factories. Unlike our competitors, we make our own goods. We are proud of our world-class, sweatshop-free manufacturing facility. We are passionate about empowering the lives of our employees through many goodwill initiatives.

 

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Wearing All American Tank and Men’s Triblend Jogger Short.

We feel there is much to be gained from second chances. We are firm believers that our company has a higher purpose; to lead the way for more ethical practices in the collegiate sportswear industry and beyond.

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The whole gang, left to right: Avery Compression pants and My Favorite Ringer Crop Tee; My Favorite Muscle Tee with our Intramural Short; the Victory Falls Ringer Tee; the Freshy camp ringer tee and Freshy Camp Short; and on the right, the All American Tank with Triblend Jogger Short.

 

Our 2016 Inspiration

We wanted this year’s collection to celebrate a style that transcends time and trends — Ivy Style. Inspired by a fashion photo book entitled Take Ivy, our 2016 collection and style guide pays homage to the glory days of the 1960’s collegiate Ivy style.

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Wearing the Ivy League Half-Sleeve Jersey, directly inspired by Take Ivy.

 

Take Ivy, a once rare portfolio of candid photography shot on Ivy League campuses in the early 1960s was published in Japan in 1965, but unavailable in America until recently. The work of four Japanese fashion photographers, this book beautifully captured the collegiate fashions of an era. Take Ivy is now considered the bible of today’s preppy and Ivy League style.

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In the library.

Whether lounging in the quad, studying in the library, riding bikes, in class, or at the boathouse, the book overflows with inspiration for our new collection. We’ve taken these classic influences and made them modern trends. You’ll find our latest styles in your college bookstore this fall.

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Manchester Crew on the left, and women wearing Chelsea crews in the middle and the right.

Ask your bookstore for League!

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Water Cooler Stories: The Latest News from League Team Members

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We’ve got the inside scoop on League news! Our team members are having a great summer, and many have some excellent news to share!

Our OneCoast sales rep Jennifer Flading married Paul on Friday, July 8th, at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in California. Congratulations, Jennifer! We wish you a long and happy life together.

Our own iron woman Katie Petrus has been working out and running 5k races this summer in the West Chester Cross Country Summer Series. Two races down, two to go! We’re cheering you on, Katie.

Mary Ciammetti is also celebrating 31 great years of marriage, and will celebrating in Italy at the end of the summer. Hope you have a great time, Mary! And congratulations on the 31 years.

Robert Knowles and his wife Bethany announced that they are expecting their second child. Couldn’t happen to a better family!

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Barb Gunning’s daughter Shannon graduated from Pitt this spring. We’re so proud: Shannon worked here part time last summer! Congratulations, Shannon!

New Account Manager Allie James came to League, and within weeks, accepted a marriage proposal from her now fiancée Joe. Congrats! 

Jill Skovran’s clothing line Belletona launched a new season in May. You can view the catalogue here!

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A shot from the Bellatona catalogue.

Stephanie Price’s magazine Numinous just celebrated the release its 14th issue! Submissions are currently open for the upcoming issue, with a theme of Dystopia. Can’t wait to read it!

Account Manager Kara Hedash is looking forward to a trip across the pond to London at the end of this month. Hope you have a great time, Kara!

Our summer intern Jess Behr is also looking forward to a trip to London for a study abroad program through Syracuse for the fall. We’ll miss seeing her on our Instagram stream! Have fun, Jess.

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Lauri Winters celebrated her 31st wedding anniversary in Italy this summer. Lauri Winter’s is also a proud mom: her kids are back in school in the fall. Emily is headed to Georgetown (hello Hoyas!) for graduate studies in Biotechnology, and Harrison is headed to TCMC Medical School in Scranton, PA. Congrats all around, Lauri!

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That’s the latest. Thanks to our great team members at League!

League’s Starting Line-Up: Co-Owner Larry Klebanoff

Larry Klebanoff in center, with European Union Ambassadors at LCA.
Larry Klebanoff in center, with European Union Ambassadors at LCA.

It’s League’s Silver Anniversary, and we’re celebrating our 25th by honoring the longest running team members. Drew Wolf launched League in 1991, and it wasn’t long before he knew he needed a partner. So he picked up the phone, and called Larry Klebanoff. “I happened to be winding down my first business, and was searching for my next venture, so the timing was perfect,” Larry tells us.

In those days, they didn’t sell clothing. The first thing Larry remembers selling was the D-ring Sailing belt, in various fabric offerings, with an embroidered collegiate name on the belt, but it wasn’t long before the product line grew. It was challenging at first, but they built great relationships with their customers. One of his favorite early memories with Drew was when the staff at the Villanova University Bookstore pulled a huge April Fool’s prank on the two partners. “We fell for it hook, line, and sinker!”

But there were some challenging moments. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd caused extensive damage to the plant. And after rebuilding and reopening in 2000, the worst happened: an electrical fire completely destroyed the plant. “The United States Small Business Administration was hugely helpful in getting the damage covered,” says Larry. “Props to this great country of ours!”

The aftermath of the fire.
The aftermath of the fire.

Larry and Drew fought hard to become competitive in a market with much bigger players. “We have been very customer-focused and developed strong, valuable partnerships with our customers,” Larry says. “Together with the likes of Barnes & Noble, Follett and many Independently operated stores, League has evolved into an important part of our customer’s growth strategies.”

Larry is often in El Salvador visiting League Central America. “The camaraderie with all our teammates in my home-away-from-home is my favorite aspect of LCA. It is a special place, and is truly a positive extension of the Bridgeport team. If only it was possible to have a field trip for everyone in El Salvador to come to Bridgeport and have everyone here travel to LCA!”

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When asked about his family, Larry beams. “My wife Eva and I met our junior year in College at SUNY Oneonta, then started dating the next year. We have two truly remarkable kids: Zack, 19, is going into his Sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara where he studies Electrical Engineering. Caroline is 16 going and entering her Junior year at Germantown Academy where she excels in chemistry, rows crew, and plays on the tennis team.”

Larry with his kids.

When asked why he thinks League is still going so strong after twenty five years, Larry points to the whole team. “Our staff, plain and simple. Everyone here and at LCA truly cares about each other. That’s extremely gratifying.” We of course had to ask what his personal favorite League item. “The Victory Falls Tee… it is truly my good-old go-to t-shirt.”

Thanks for being such a great boss, Larry — and helping make League the amazing place it is!

 

Drew and Larry winning the Dick Rademaker Award in 2016.
On behalf of League, Drew and Larry accepting the Learfield Licensing Partners Dick Rademaker Excellence Award in 2016 at CAMEX.