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GOT YOUR 6+National Conference on Citizenship #VeteransCivicHealthIndex

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First-Ever Sociological Examination of Civic Health as it Relates to Veterans Released by Got Your 6 and National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)
Military Service a Strong Indicator of Higher Rates of Voting, Volunteering,and Civic Engagement, Says New Veterans Civic Health Index
Washington, D.C.  – (April 30, 2015) – Got Your 6 today unveiled the findings of the first-ever Veterans Civic Health Index, a major studythat reveals significant and positive trends in levels of civic engagement among veterans. Findings from the report were highlighted this morning at an event at The National Press Club featuring Secretary Robert A. McDonald of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Got Your 6 managing director Chris Marvin, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D - Hawaii), who were joined by leaders from national veteran-focused groups.
Among other data points, the Veterans Civic Health Index found,
·Service - Veteran volunteers serve an average of 160 hours annually – the equiva…

Materials+Textiles Innovate Outdoor Footwear Part 2

SLC/NYC


STORMY KROMER-WOLVERINE, OOFOS, ADIDAS OUTDOOR, ICEBUG,

Location, location, location-this handsome wool leather lace-up hiking/dress shoe hybrid---comes courtesy of Wolverine (founded 1883-by G.A. Krause) and Stormy Kromer (founded in 1903 by George 'Stormy' Kromer)-heritage brands from Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

Love at first site-these made in the USA ($400) got Instagrammed toute de suite---but deserve a second mention...welt construction is obvi-with a rugged outsole, visible hand stitched details, and solid metal hardwear that's old school gone new.

OOFOS---gets major foot time on our feet...the proprietary OOFOAM™ -another genius thing to come out of  South Korea (seriously-skin care/beauty/Samsung-and their take on POP music- all amazing too)...gets crafted into tapered silhouettes of the thongs, slides ($39.95-$59.95) and clogs.





Cool metallics as well as solid neutrals provide variety-and all deliver the energy returning (dodging taxis/deliver…

MATERIALS-TEXTILES INNOVATE OUTDOOR FOOTWEAR '15 Part 1

SLC/OR

Gore-Tex® Surround™, La Sportiva®, Vibram® MegaGrip, TrekSta®, HanWag IceGrip-G-LOFT FIT®
Just like the performance, lifestyle and fashion apparel previewed these past few months -for A/W2015/16---footwear that's headed for the great outdoors is a wearable (and weather tough) combo of new technology and amped up for snowy/icy trails- and city strolls old school materials felt/wool, shearling and leather.

Prediction- (more) suede (oiled -brushed)+velvet details/trims will be big for 2016/17 based on what we saw in fashion world-tends to trickle down (or up-depending one's perspective-ha ha).

Highlights:


GORE-TEX's Surround™ Product Technology-360º breathability/waterproof-that was intro-ed last summer---added bunch of labels (like new to us TrekSta) embracing this innovative laminates-special construction.
Vibram's MegaGrip:






TREKSTA+BOA Closure Technology
Check this out-proprietary technology pictured below-ZeroTie hands-free lacing system---a gift in cold weather …

SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR-Dispatch From Nepal

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Sherpa Adventure Gear Creates Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund on Crowdrise 100% of initial $30,000 goal will support immediate aid in remote villages
KENT, WASHINGTON, USA and KATHMANDU, NEPAL—April 28, 2015— Kathmandu-based outdoor apparel manufacturer Sherpa Adventure Gear has created an earthquake relief fund called “Help Sherpas Help Nepal” to support aid to remote villages affected by the disaster.  The fundraising appeal is on Crowdrise at https://www.crowdrise.com/helpsherpashelpnepal.
The company has committed to initially raising $30,000 through the campaign and 100% of the money raised will be dedicated to direct relief efforts thru Sherpa Adventure Gear’s existing network in villages, where the company underwrites the education of Sherpa children through its charitable Paldorje Education Fund. 
In a letter from Kathmandu announcing the fundraising effort, the Tashi Sherpa, founder and CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear, wrote: 
Dear friends,

Thank you for your kind wor…

BACK TO BLACK: NIKE ACADEMY BLACK PACK

The Nike Academy is an elite development program for talented young footballers. The players who reside at the Nike Academy not only have access to world-class facilities and coaching, they are among the very first to wear Nike’s latest innovative products. In some instances, Nike Academy players have even tested blacked-out versions of Nike’s groundbreaking boots before the boots and their colors were officially revealed to the world. But all-black boots aren’t just for wear-testing, they are for any player with the understated confidence to let his talent do the talking. Some youth academies mandate that players wear all-black boots, lest individuals attempt to stand out on colorways alone. As a nod to academy players who never fail to make a statement in muted black, Nike is launching the Nike Academy Black Pack. Unlike wear-testing boots, this pack will feature black gradient changes that amplify the design features of each boot. There is also a subtle pop of color on the sole pla…

GRUNDÉNS-Performance Outerwear/Accessories-That Protects "Deadliest Profession"

NYC...Backbone Media Showcase/Westerlind Outdoor 
How fitting that our latest obsessed with label new to us label-we saw 2x in one week.



WHAT: Grundéns is a heritage brand---founded in 1911 in a stormy climate locale (Grundsen) -on the left coast of Sweden. 




Waterproof/weather tough attire that literally could be life-saving for  fisherman as they earn a living... Grundens' collection-crafted from textiles and forward thinking treatments- has evolved over the decades -including the embrace of PVC coated fabrics for the most professional outerwear worthy ever-aka the kind that withstands "...standing under a fire hose hour after hour..." 

DESIGN: The aforementioned watery deluge ...probably not gonna happen-for most people---but imo-Grundens incredibly trend-on rugged jackets, pants, hats and waterproof bags-  will please the urban crowds who need meaningfully protective clothes (wear singularly-or layered up) and want pieces that accentuate their sartorial style. 












 The PVC co…

WE ARE FAMILY 2015 CELEBRATION GALA-EPIC GOOD TIMES

WHAT: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING MUSIC ICON-NILE RODGERS HOSTED HIS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION (WAFF)
WHERE: Manhattan Center-West 34th ST, NYC






 THE MISSION: WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION powers youth around the world who are changing the game with their ideas, innovations and social good solutions. 



Other Honorees: Caryl M. Stern -CEO and President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF-Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, Ryan Orbuch 2014 TEDxTEEn New York-co-founder of Volley and founder of Finish ith remarks by Nancy Hunt President of WAFF, Jess Teutonico, Executive Director WAFF, and Nicholas Lowinger 2013 Global Team Leader, Gotta Have Sole Foundation
WHO NEEDS DESSERT? We Are Family Humanitarian Award winner singer/icon Chaka Khan got the live concert going----with Nile Rodgers, CHIC...Kathy Sledge and an amazing band...WOW.