In Brief: Skechers Debuts Backpacks… Soles4Souls Gets Hands-On…

Bag It
Skechers USA Inc. will launch a branded line of backpacks and bags for fall ’10.

The Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based company signed a licensing agreement with Global Design Concepts to design, produce and distribute Skechers-branded backpacks, messenger and tote bags for men, women and children. Skechers bags will be available in department, specialty, sporting goods and general athletic footwear stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“It’s our goal to continue leveraging the branding power of Skechers to reach our consumers across an increasingly diverse assortment of product categories,” Skechers President Michael Greenberg said in a statement.

The footwear company also has partnered with licensees to produce children’s apparel, sunglasses, legwear, medical scrubs and leather accessories.

Charity Special
International shoe charity Soles4Souls announced Tuesday it will offer six trips in 2010 to allow the general public to see the organization in action.

The trips will include tours to Haiti, Mexico, Los Barriles (in Baja, Calif.) and Honduras. Translators and personnel will accompany the teams.

Soles4Souls founder and CEO Wayne Elsey said in a statement, “The No. 1 request we get from supporters is: Can they join us on a trip to experience first-hand what it’s like to give someone their first pair of shoes?”

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