+++ VF Corp. is planning to discontinue the Eagle Creek brand of backpacks and luggage by the end of this year due to strategic and financial concerns, according to the Outside Business Journal

+++ According to Bloomberg, the Sequential Brands Group is working on a deal with KKR and other lenders to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors prior to the sale of the whole company or some of its brands, which include And1, Avia and Gaiam




+++ Jeroen Both is leaving as chief supply chain officer of Accell Group

+++ Selim Say, an industry veteran how has been working most recently at Keen Europe, has been named vice president of footwear at Jack Wolfskin, reporting to the brand’s new CEO, Richard Collier

+++ Thomas Lanis, who has worked for Nike for 14 years, among other stations, has been made marketing manager for Puma France following the departure of Benoît Menard, who has become regional marketing manager for Europe, as previously reported 

+++ Taking the place of Matt Jones, who is now director of operations for Rusty Surfboards, Todd Stanley joins Surftech as VP of sales after working for Vans, Dakine and Reef


Legal & Institutional:

+++ The Football Association (FA) of England has named Debbie Hewitt as its new chair, the first woman appointed to the top role in FA’s 157 years of history, subject to confirmation by the FA Council next month



+++ Callaway Golf has teamed up with the Chelsea Football Club on a new range of golf accessories, available at the Chelsea FC Stadium Megastore at Stamford Bridge as well as at select Callaway retail partners

+++ The German fashion label Joop! Is launching a line of women’s activewear for running and fitness in collaboration with the Nautrana group

+++ Onefootball, which boasts 85 million active users on its digital platform, has launched a streetwear line on its new web store

+++ Archroma has introduced its new “Color Atlas by Archroma Polyester Library,” a new library of colors for polyester that features 1,440 colors for sportswear, athleisure, swimwear, children’s clothing, shoes, fashion and home textiles, which add to the already available 4,320 colors of its “Color Atlasfor cotton



+++ Kappa will replace Nike as the new technical partner of Venezia FC, the Italian football club that has just been promoted to Serie A, starting from the next season

+++ Titleist and FootJoy have become official partners of Scottish Golf

+++ Wilson has been chosen by the Italian Volleyball Federation (Fipav) as the official ball supplier for the Italian Beach Volley Championship and its Beach Volley National Series

+++ Shimano has become the exclusive official group-set supplier to the Great Britain Cycling Team and British Cycling, an expansion of the ten-year relationship between the brand and the national cycling governing body

+++ Pinarello has extended its partnership with the INEOS Grenadiers for the next four seasons, taking the deal beyond 15 years by the end of the contract