30 Interesting Facts About Nike

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Nike is one of the world’s most popular retailers of athletic clothing and footwear, but there are many things about the company which the average person doesn’t know. Despite most of the Western population owning at least one item made by Nike, there are many interesting facts which are relatively unknown.

  1. It was founded on January 25th, 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.
  2. The headquarters are based in Washington County, Oregon, USA.
  3. Many hardcore fans of the brand mispronounce the name ‘Nike’. It is correctly pronounced ‘ny-kee’ and the name comes from the Greek goddess of victory.
  4. The famous Nike logo, a solid swoosh, was designed for just $35 by Carolyn Davidson, a student at Portland State University. Later on, she was given more than $640,000 worth of Nike products.
  5. The slogan ‘Just Do It’, which is now recognised all over the world, was inspired by Gary Gilmore’s last words. The serial killer said ‘Let’s do it’ before he was executed.
  6. Nike sells footwear, clothing and sports accessories in thousands of stores across the world. In total, there are more than 900 million items sold every single year.
  7. Over the years, Nike has made some award-winning commercials, and in 2000 and again in 2002, the company won an Emmy award.
  8. One of Nike’s most recent innovations is a shoe which can be electronically paired up to a smartphone. The footwear contains a computing device which is embedded into it and can be connected to the smartphone of whoever is wearing the shoes.
  9. Across the market for athletic shoes, Nike takes up approximately 62%, making it the most popular brand for sporting footwear.
  10. Nike doesn’t only design shoes for regular everyday wear. Tinker Hatfield, shoe designer for Nike, created the Bat boot for the first Batman movie. Additionally, the hoverboarding shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future: Part II were designed by Nike.
  11. The largest Nike store is situated on Oxford Street in London and is a grand total of 42,000 square feet.
  12. The very first pair of shoes were made using a waffle iron, which created grooves on the soles. These then helped to grip the surface of running tracks when athletes wore them.
  13. In 1978, Nike created a new advert for their Air Max shoes, and for the first time ever, a Beatles song was used in a commercial. The song which was chosen for the ad was Revolution No. 9.
  14. When the company first started, it was called Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, the name was changed to Nike.
  15. Phil Knight, one of the co-founders, wanted to change the name to ‘Dimension 6’, but in the end, Nike was the preferred of the two potential names.
  16. As of 2015, there were more than 62,000 employees working for Nike across the globe.
  17. Nike products are made in factories which aren’t actually owned by the company itself. Instead, contractors own the factories and Nike pays them to produce the goods.
  18. The Air Jordan 1 was made famous by basketball player Michael Jordan; however, Jordan hated the colors red and black when he first saw the shoes.
  19. Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, also known as Shaq, went to meet the Nike owners dressed entirely in Reebok apparel. This was because he knew he didn’t want to sign into any contracts with Nike.
  20. Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase endorsed Nike in 1972 after signing a contract with the company. He was the first athlete to promote Nike.
  21. In 2003, popular footwear store Foot Locker ceased to stock Nike’s more expensive ranges as they believed the prices were too high.
  22. Zoom Air, one of Nike’s most popular shoes, was introduced to the market in 1995, but was first given the name Tensile Air.
  23. Phil Knight was writing one of his college papers when he decided to start his own shoe company. He believed shoes made in Japan could compete with the other sports companies which were popular at the time, such as Adidas.
  24. Nike heavily supports the University of Oregon and their sports teams, providing them with exclusive apparel and funding.
  25. Footwear for Nike is manufactured mainly in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but many of the shoes have also been made in the USA.
  26. Nike Golf, which is a branch of the Nike company, was started in 1984 by Bill Wood; however, it only truly gained popularity when Tiger Woods was signed in 1996.
  27. Many of the names of Nike’s products have been taken from sports team. For example, ‘Columbia Blue’ is named after the ‘Columbia Lions’, a team which has a blue logo.
  28. After Nike displayed shirts in the window of a Boston store containing text such as ‘Get High’, the company was criticised by mayor Thomas Menino.
  29. The company is constantly trying to introduce new ideas to the market, and in 1991, they released denim acid wash golf shorts, which were not hugely popular.
  30. The very popular LiveStrong bracelet was first seen in 2008; however, Phil Knight was not convinced of the idea and even laughed at it during an interview with Oprah.

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Lizzie Robinson has been a freelance writer since 2011. She is currently studying English Literature at university and enjoys sailing & playing the piano in her free time. Lizzie enjoys writing about current issues & business.

30 Surprising Facts About Vans

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If you’ve ever followed an American success story, then the story of the company, Vans is just what you’re looking for. This streetwear shoe & apparel manufacturer is now celebrating its years of popularity of supplying the most innovative and well received sportswear on the market. Today one will find Vans shoes and other products the favorite of sports celebrities, top musicians, and spotlighted persons all over the world. The brand name has become synonymous with durability and subtle design and one can find a type of shoe or other merchandise for any occasion.

Considering the company started out very small and had lots of competition, a lack of support, and barely enough resources to operate, it has proven itself a vanguard of independent entrepreneurship that fairy tales are made of. The creators have become legends in several areas most notably the skateboarding industry and sport. They represent that sort of pioneer spirit that folk tales are made of.

Now, men, women, boys and girls, can choose from a wide variety of Vans products as the lines have expanded over the years. Well made, keenly designed, Vans is a staple of American apparel. Here are 30 surprising facts about Vans!

  1. The company was originally founded by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren. They had two partners along with them, Gordon Lee and Serge Delia.
  2. Vans was founded on March 16, 1966 and opened at 704 E. Broadway in Anaheim California.
  3. The first day of opening, only 12 customers showed up.
  4. The first 12 customers were asked to return later in the day to pick up their shoes as a problem had arisen. They did but the brothers hadn’t any change and then asked the 12 customers to return the next day to pay, and all 12 did.
  5. Their most celebrated shoe is the Vans #95, aka Era, which was designed by skateboarding legends Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta.
  6. In 1997 the Vans #36 debuted as the Old Skool and are considered the hallmark shoe of the entire brand.
  7. The Vans #98, the classic slip-on line became so popular that its silhouette has become the iconic logo for the company.
  8. Multiple Academy Award winning actor Sean Penn, made the Vans slip-on shoes internationally popular when he wore them in his performance in the now classic comedy “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”.
  9. In 1991, Vans offered public stocks. They debuted on the NASDAQ at $14 per share.
  10. In Autumn of 1993, Vans introduced their first Vans Snowboard Boot for the Winter 1994 season.
  11. In 2001, Vans bought controlling interest in the Vans Warped Tour, America’s top action sports and music venue festival.
  12. Legends Marc Jacobs and Trovata are the designers of the Vault By Vans sneaker combinations.
  13. Legendary pro skater Anthony Van Engelen is the first person rider for Vans Apparel.
  14. The Vans + The Simpsons merchandise series, features cartoons from the popular animated show and art from such popular designers as Dave Flores, Geoff McFetridge, Stash, Kaws, Sam Messner, Mr. Cartoon, Taka Hayashi, Tony Munoz, Todd James, and none other than Neckface.
  15. Pro surfer Joel Tudor is the first surfer to sign on with Vans’ apparel program.
  16. Vans actually has produced movies! Their first ever surf flick is called ‘Get-N Classic, Vol. 1‘ and showcases Joel Tudor, John Florence, the Vans surf team & Australian, Wade Goodall.
  17. Vans first full-length documentary movie is called ‘No Room for Rockstars‘.
  18. Vans actually has a vulcanized cupsole called Wafflecup. A special technological blend of durability of said cupsole and advanced board-feel and grip of the traditional Vans vulcanized shoe.
  19. Super rock band Metallica has their own line of Vans shoes. Each member of the band designed their own shoe.
  20. Vans is also a partner with Disney using such iconic Disney characters as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh.
  21. Vans has a 42,000 square foot skate park in Huntington Beach, California.
  22. Vans also has a partnership with the Beatles franchise. The Beatles Yellow Submarine by Vans collection spotlights the vintage art of the animated movie, The Yellow Submarine.
  23. Vans has a line of merchandise based on the Star Wars franchise trilogy.
  24. Vans also has a scholarship in partnership with the Berkley College of Music. The Berkley College of Music is one of the world’s foremost educational facilities focusing on modern contemporary music.  The scholarship is called the Off The Wall Scholarship.
  25. In October 2015, Vans opened a skate park called the Lynch Family Skate park in Boston.
  26. Vans celebrated 50 years of operation on March 16, 2016.
  27. As of early 2017, Vans is worth a staggering a $1.2 billion.
  28. Vans is the title sponsor of the US Open of Surfing in Hunting Beach, California.
  29. Vans also has a skate park in the UK at London in the Old Vic Tunnes called House of Vans.
  30. It was in 1988 that owners Paul Van Doren and Gordon C Lee sold Vans to McCown De Leeuw & Company at a price tag of $74.4 million.

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Luke Ward is the founder of The Fact Site. He’s a professional blogger & researcher with over 8 years experience in fact finding, SEO, web design & other internet wizardry. He loves to write about celebs, gaming, film & TV.

30 Interesting Facts About Adidas

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Adidas, the German footwear maker, celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2014. After close to 70 years into the game, the brand is as relevant as ever with the addition of influential taste makers such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams to their stable.

While it is still in direct competition its arch-rival Nike, Adidas has managed to garner much attention to the brand with new and improved designs from world renowned designer Jeremy Scott, and the introduction of new ground-breaking technology such as their Ultra Boost line of products. In this article, we’re going to explore 30 facts about Adidas that every self-professed sneaker head should know.

  1. The ‘Stan Smith’, Adidas’s most iconic sneaker, was originally intended to be named after Robert Haillet, the iconic French tennis star, and not Stanley Smith.
  2. There was a park in Boston that was known as “Adidas Park” by locals where nothing but Adidas brand sneakers was allowed. As a matter of fact, anyone who dared go to the park wearing Nikes or Puma ran the risk of getting their shoes snatched and hung on the park’s “tree of shame” where countless pairs of off brand sneakers could be found.
  3. Adidas nearly avoided bankruptcy in the 90’s after the brand had made admittedly poor strategic decisions.
  4. While the brand is often associated with Hip Hop, it is also known for its innovations in the world of basketball as well. As a matter of fact, the Adidas Superstar was the first basketball shoe with a low top silhouette featuring an all leather upper portion.
  5. The Trefoil logo the brand is known for also had a meaning besides the look. The logo was first introduced in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
  6. The brand wasn’t originally known as Adidas, which is a portmanteau of the founder’s named Adi Dassler, but was started under the name Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik in 1924.
  7. Designer Jeremy Scott, who now has a full line of Adidas sneakers bearing his name, began his collaboration with the brand many years prior when Adidas produced a version of its Forum Hi sneaker with the designer’s face on it.
  8. While Adidas’s current collection features sneakers for nearly every sports, the first pair of Adidas were track spikes made especially for track and field.
  9. The iconic rap group Run DMC received their endorsement deal after they performed in New York’s Madison Square Garden. While performing their hit “My Adidas” the group told attendees to take one of their Adidas shoe and hold it in the air. An Adidas exec that was in attendance was so impressed that they offered the group a $1 million endorsement deal on the spot.
  10. The brand’s EQT line of sneakers were originally supposed to serve as a status symbol, similar to how Jordan sneakers are viewed nowadays.
  11. Adidas was the first to introduce a microchip into the design of their sneakers. The Adidas Micropacer featured a computer display that allowed athletes to check the amount of calories they burned and their pace among other things.
  12. The brand’s stripes, which is probably the most easily recognizable aspect of the brand, was originally placed on the sneakers for stability reasons, not design.
  13. Nike tried to stop Adidas from releasing their own woven upper sneakers, which are a huge trend right now. While the brand was originally successful, a judge eventually reversed the decision in favor of Adidas.
  14. Music executive Russell Simmons came up with the idea for the song “my Adidas” while high on PCP. Apparently, Simmons ran up to the group after smoking the substance and blurted something about rapping about their sneakers. The rest was history.
  15. Adi Dassler, the creator of the brand, originally had no intention of selling sneakers. As a matter of fact, he completed an apprenticeship as a baker before he started selling track shoes.
  16. Adidas wasn’t known as Adidas until the late 1940’s. The name Adidas came about after Dassler and his brother had a dispute. Dassler decided to stick with the name Adidas and made the brand official in 1949.
  17. Adidas sued Payless ShoeSource in 2008 for releasing a pair of sneakers featuring 4 stripes instead of 3. They eventually settled for the sum of $305 million.
  18. Adidas offered legendary BMX riders Ryan Nyquist and Dave Mirra their own signature sneakers to increase its popularity amongst BMX riders.
  19. Adidas is the parent company of Taylor Made, Rockport and Reebok.
  20. Michael Jordan, the world renowned basketball player and 6 times NBA champion, almost went with Adidas before he signed his deal with the Nike shoe brand.
  21. Jesse Owens wore a pair of Adidas when he won the gold in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Munich. Interestingly enough, the games were to serve as a display of Aryan superiority for Hitler’s fascistic regime. Instead, Jesse Owens gave him a proverbial slap in the face by winning 4 gold medals wearing German manufactured shoes.
  22. The ‘Adidas Superstar’, which was originally intended for basketball, became hugely popular with skateboarders in the early 90s.
  23. The original Adidas Superstars weren’t originally made in Germany, but in France. They were also the only line in the series to feature a golden Trefoil on the sneaker’s tongue.
  24. Adidas created its ‘Adilette’ line of sandals specifically to protect soccer players from diseases that can be contracted in communal showers.
  25. The collaboration between Matt Bonner, the San Antonio Spurs’ redheaded power forward, and Adidas first started after Bonner complained publicly on Twitter about rival sneaker brand New Balance not sending him product anymore.
  26. Adidas’s Tubular line of sneaker was actually inspired by car tires and the “tubular snake” originally was created to emulate tires and their threading.
  27. A pair of Adidas “jeans” sneakers was introduced, but interestingly enough, they didn’t feature any denim. Instead, they were just a pair of blue colored suede sneakers with a rubber sole.
  28. Adidas is currently the number one brand in the soccer world with over $2.7 billion in football revenue in 2014.
  29. Horst Dassler, Adi Dassler’s son, is the one who originally approached gold medallist Mark Spitz to wear his shoes. Since Mark Spitz training gear was too baggy to showcase the shoes, he decided to hold them in his hands to give the shoe more visibility.
  30. The split between the two Dassler brothers may have been caused by an interesting misunderstanding during World War II. Apparently, Adi and his wife went to hide in his brother’s bomb shelter when he exclaimed “the dirty b*****ds are back again” referring to allied forces. But Rudolf, his brother, thought he was referring to him and his family. The pair eventually split eight years after the incident.

After many years of playing second best to Nike, Adidas is slowly, but surely getting its groove back by regaining the youth market in the United States and the world. The brand is currently known for its innovative design and seems to be going back to its glory days in the 1980s.

One thing is for sure, is that Adidas as a brand will never stop evolving and we can look forward to many new ground-breaking models hitting the shelves in the near future.

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Calvin Klein Fun Facts & History

Now a household name, Calvin Klein is probably best known for its underwear, jeans and perfumes. However, the company sells a huge variety of products, including bags, towels, jewellery and shoes. Customers can also purchase accessories such as wallets, belts and sunglasses in various styles and colors.

Calvin Klein wasn’t always the big name it has become today. With just $10,000, fashion designer Calvin Klein opened a coat shop in 1968. Since the shop was situated in a New York hotel, it wasn’t long before his coats and their designs were being viewed by thousands of people. The coats were simple yet fashionable and targeted a younger crowd. The following year, Calvin Klein appeared on the cover of Vogue, a highly popular fashion magazine. By this point, Calvin Richard Klein had quite a history in fashion and design. He had attended the High School of Art and Design as a teenager, and enrolled on a course at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Graduating in 1963 with a Fine Arts degree, he began a job in a dress-making company but left after his boss refused to give him a pay raise.

The 1970s were the years which really saw Calvin Klein and his business move to new heights. In 1971, he began to add new lines to his brand, including women’s lingerie, blazers and sportswear. He won the Coty Award (Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award) for three consecutive years between 1973 and 1975. By 1977, Calvin Klein had reached an annual turnover of $30 million. This was due to increased business and advertising, but also because they were now selling scarves, shoes, sunglasses, furs and other items. With more products on sale, they could reach a wider audience.

So far, Calvin Klein had only been selling items targeted towards women, but during the 70s, they started selling menswear too. They also began selling jeans, an item for which Calvin Klein is still very popular today. Within just one week, a total of 200,000 pairs of jeans had been sold. The famous logo, which is Klein’s name printed onto the back pocket of the jeans, also began at this point and started a trend which has continued ever since. This logo trend became something which was used not just for Calvin Klein jeans, but also for other brands which manufactured jeans.

Towards the end of the 1970s, Calvin Klein began to use its license to sell cosmetics and fragrances, but these products were not as popular as the clothing and accessories had been during the same decade. Instead, the company suffered huge financial losses, causing them to withdraw all fragrances and cosmetic items from the market. There were no new products added for the next few years, as Calvin Klein concentrated on marketing his ever-popular jeans. During the 1980s, jeans in general were becoming more popular among young people, and Calvin Klein introduced underwear for both men and women. The new underwear collections alone brought in $70 million in just one year, and they were advertised heavily throughout the 1990s on large billboards and other adverts. Mark Wahlberg, who was famous as a pop singer during the time, was the face of Calvin Klein during this era. The men’s underpants were soon being referred to colloquially as ‘Calvins’. Advertising played a big part in the success of Calvin Klein, particularly the underwear collections. The business, which was also known as CK by fans, used famous faces in order to catapult the company further in the fashion world. Brooke Shields was one of the celebrities who modelled underwear for Calvin Klein in the 1980s, and the slogan ‘Nothing comes between me and my Calvins’ was controversial yet got people talking even more about the brand.

More stores were being opened not only in America, but in various other countries around the world. In total, there were more than 12,000 stores which sold Calvin Klein clothing, including many in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Japan. In 1993, Calvin Klein was named ‘America’s Best Designer’, but by 1999, the company was put up for sale. Several other companies, including Tommy Hilfiger and LMVH were interested in buying the company, but with an asking price of $1 billion, none of the offers were coming close enough.

In 2002, Calvin Klein decided to sell his business. It was sold to Phillips Van Heusen Corp, but not for anything near the initial $1 billion Klein was looking for. He settled for $400 million in cash, $30 million in stock and an estimated $300 million of royalties which he would receive over the next 15 years. At first, Calvin Klein kept his role as the creative lead, but soon decided to change to creative advisor. Eventually, he left the business altogether, and today, the man himself plays no part in the Calvin Klein brand.

In recent years, Justin Bieber became the new face of Calvin Klein underwear for men, and Kendall Jenner began modelling the women’s underwear. The introduction of two popular celebrities caused the sales of Calvin Klein underwear to soar, making it even more popular a brand than it was before. Ironically, Calvin Klein himself didn’t think it would be a good idea to use either of them to model the underwear, but it turned out to be a good advertising move for the business.

CK ran a successful campaign in 2016, to represent all of it’s clothing simultaneously, as it was one where their audience could get involved with by sharing what they do in their Calvin’s. The campaign was influenced by celebs such as Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Cameron Dallas & Fetty Wap. It rapidly took off on social media, with people sharing their photos with the caption: “I _____ in #mycalvins”, and it’s up to the audience to be creative & fill in the blanks.

Popular fragrances from Calvin Klein which are around in the 21st century include Obsession, Eternity and Escape. Although suggestive adverts were cancelled or banned for many of the Calvin Klein clothing, there were still a lot of them being used for the fragrances. Although they received complaints about this, the images actually seemed to increase the sales of the perfumes, so no further action was taken to terminate the use of the provocative advertising methods.

Each year, fashion critics and fans look out for the new lines and collections which are coming from Calvin Klein. With new items and designs being added to their ever-growing stores, Calvin Klein is certainly a business which knows how to keep its fans interested and how to get new customers.

How Much Would Darth Vader’s Suit Cost?

It’s difficult to forget the character of Darth Vader, even if you’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. He’s scary, cool and memorable, mainly due to his unique outfit. He first appeared in the original 1977 Star Wars movie ‘A New Hope’, but his iconic suit has been a favorite for generations.

While we often see cheap knock-off Darth Vader outfits worn at costume parties by both adults and children, the real outfit would be much more difficult (and way more expensive!) to get your hands on. To make this suit in real life, it would cost a staggering $18.3 million, but which parts were the most expensive?

This fun infographic will definitely please any Star Wars fans as well as just about anybody who’s interested in finding out the sheer cost of this iconic and unforgettable suit.

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