Oakley releases fall 2005 apparel and accessories line
Performance, Versatility and Fashion Highlight New Line
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., August 2, 2005 – Oakley, Inc. (NYSE: OO) today announced the release of its fall 2005 apparel and accessories line. New products include technical outer¬wear that underscores the company’s emphasis on performance technology. In addition, new lifestyle products are designed to further the company’s objective of capturing a more youthful customer base, one that defines itself with individual sports, music and fashion.
“In men’s and women’s technical outerwear, we exhausted the R&D team with extensive product testing, both on the mountain and in the lab,” said Oakley President Colin Baden. “The payoff came in numerous styles with industry-leading breathability and waterproofing. We also extended our golf and mountain biking apparel lines with multiple new product offer¬ings that enhance performance and comfort. The technology story continues in our accessory line, with new innovations in packs and bags.”
Oakley’s newest array of technical apparel for women (http://oakley.com/o/c521s) includes the definitive styling of the company’s Profit jacket, which features a removable polyfill vest, and the new Cash pant, which helps shield the wearer from a full range of mountain weather. For men (http://oakley.com/o/c458s), Oakley’s new tech line includes an environment suit called Medic with Thermoloft® insulation, and a new pant called Helix 2.5 that allows athletes to maintain a comfortable temperature under varying exertion levels and weather conditions.
Oakley’s new technical outerwear achieves industry-leading water resistance up to 20,000 mm while retaining breathability up to 20,000 g/m2/24h — numbers that translate to premium water¬proofing and high breathability. This helps to keep the wearer dry and comfortable by shielding against environmental moisture while allowing the moisture vapor of perspiration to escape. Additional technologies in the new line include GORE AIRVANTAGE® inflatable insulation systems and custom venting systems that allow for precise regulation of airflow. With durability proven by professional athletes, Oakley technical apparel is now backed by a one-year limited warranty.
The new Oakley apparel products for golf and mountain biking are highlighted by unique fabrications that optimize comfort and ergonomics. These benefits extend to the company’s compre¬hensive new lifestyle line that features jackets, pants, shirts and tops with distinctive Oakley design cues.
“Performance technology has always been a precept of Oakley and a primary focus, but we put equal weight on the art that shapes the science,” Baden continued. “It took years of hard work for the brand to reach the leading edge of lifestyle fashion, and our fall 2005 apparel products are designed to extend brand recognition in that area with the use of styling, colors and graphics that are uniquely Oakley,” Baden concluded.
The company now offers a wide range of accessory items including backpacks, wallets, and hats as well as travel, computer and golf bags. Numerous products in the fall 2005 line take advantage of the company’s Adaptable Payload™ (AP) system, an innovation that allows the user to reconfigure for light or bulky cargo by removing storage compartments and interconnecting with other products in the AP line.
Oakley packs and bags available in fall 2005 feature special¬ized and broad application designs. This includes a sling-style bag called the AP Sandbag that takes advantage of the company’s AP system, the Graphic Pack with skateboard tie-downs, and the Double Payload Duffle that opens like a doctor’s bag. Women’s accessories include the new Low Voltage Bag with light emitting diodes (LEDs) for internal illumination, the Traveler Purse with D-ring attachment points, and the Metal Purse made with die-cast aluminum.
Glove products in the fall line include the Oakley Winter Glove with Pittards® leather and 3M® Thinsulate®, an S.I. glove designed to maximize tactile feel, and the Factory Pilot glove for mountain biking. The Oakley Race Glove has been worn by winning NASCAR drivers including Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and Rusty Wallace. The company also recently announced the release of its O-CarbonX fabric which serves as the foundation for its fire- base layer protective race wear.
About Oakley, Inc.
Oakley: a world brand, driven to ignite the imagination through the fusion of art and science. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading, premium sunglasses, the company offers a full array of products including performance apparel and accessories, prescription eyewear, footwear, watches and electronics to consumers in more than 100 countries. Trailing-12-month net sales through June 30, 2005 totaled $615.3 million and generated net income of $49.0 million. Oakley, Inc. press releases, SEC filings and the company’s annual report are available at www.oakley.com.
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