Category: 25th Anniversary

League’s Starting Line Up: Rob Irwin

As 2016 winds down, so does League’s Silver Anniversary. We’re still celebrating by honoring some of our longest running team members. Owners Drew Wolf and Larry Klebanoff grew League with good old fashioned hard work and determination. Inspired by the best of the all-American Lifestyle, League continues to be the collegiate sportswear company that you know and love today due to their resolve.

Meet Rob Irwin, one of League’s senior Production Artists. Rob has been with League through this entire millennium so far— he joined our team sixteen years ago!

Rob is third from the left in this photo from 1999!

When asked about his favorite League memory, Rob’s memories turn to 2001. “The way we worked together after the fire to rebuild,” he said. “We never gave up the dream to have the best collegiate product line out there.” Rob tells us that the people who inspire him most are his family and his co-workers.

Rob’s favorite League product is our popular Victory Falls Tee, the most comfortable tee on the planet. He’s designed many tees during his years at League, but he can’t single out a favorite design he’s created. “In my eyes, every design is a master piece and I’m proud to share it with the world,” he said. “Creating designs that are going to be on shirts for college kids, and knowing that the design will be out there on college campuses and in college bookstores is a great feeling.” Today Rob trains our incoming production artists. “I show them the ropes, and talk about their design process, because  they can also teach me!”

Rob’s always on the go!

As proud of his work as Rob is, his believes his biggest achievement is his two year old daughter, Everly. A miracle baby who was born too soon but fought to be here, she couldn’t be any cuter. “League couldn’t have been more supportive during Everly’s hospitalization and recovery,” he said. Everly’s story explains his involvement with March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to ending premature births.

Rob’s daily mantra is “Every day is a gift.” Here at League, we believe Rob is a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for being on our team, Rob!

Rob Irwin and his adorable daughter Everly, now two.

 

League’s Starting Line Up: Mary Ciammetti

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Mary and her husband Pat catching some rays together.

We are continuing to celebrate our Silver Anniversary (that’s 25 years!) by honoring the employees who have been part of our team the longest. Owners Drew Wolf and Larry Klebanoff grew League with good old fashioned hard work and determination Inspired by the best of the all-American Lifestyle, and League continues to be the collegiate sportswear company that you know and love today due to their resolve. But Drew and Larry had some help along the way. One of those folks is lovely Mary Ciammetti, one of our Accounting Specialists — and she’s been with League since 2003!

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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