Brooklyn sneaker shop Rime will close its doors later this year, owner Susan Boyle announced on Instagram Oct. 6.“The sneaker game has changed, things have changed, the culture has changed, and it’s time for me to change with the times,” Boyle said in the video announcing the store’s closing. The boutique, which moved to its current location on Atlantic Avenue in 2018, opened in Brooklyn in 2006.
At Rime, Boyle has fiercely advocated for the female sneakerhead, who she saw as chronically underserved by the major brands, and while Rime served men, women and children, it made a point of stocking and demanding not only women’s sizes in exclusive drops but for product designed specifically for women, like this Rime x Reebok Diamond Ventilator model released earlier this year. The shop will remain open for the next few weeks; Boyle said her plans weren’t set but that she was looking to remain in the industry. In the future, she said in her video, “hopefully we’re going to change the game a different way.”
Nester Hosiery has named Katie Kumerow as Director of Sustainability. Kumerow has spent the past four years developing sustainability initiatives for the Mount Airy, NC-based parent company of Farm to Feet and an American manufacturer of performance merino wool socks. In her new role, Kumerow will be a part of the firm’s leadership team, overseeing supply chain compliance, advocacy and government affairs, among other responsibilities.
“With the climate challenges facing our world sustainability is a critical issue,” Kumerow said in a statement. “There is always something we can do to improve our processes and material choices, reduce our waste, and act more responsibly.”
“We have a strong commitment to sustainability and continually aim to make improvements,” said Kelly Nester, Nester Hosiery CEO. “While we have certainly made large strides, there is much more to be done and under Katie’s leadership we will continue to meet and exceed our goals.”
OS1st, the Hickory, NC-based compression sleeves and socks brand, has named Carmel Gouveia Western Regional Sales Manager. Gouveia’s prior experience has included managing the SAS Italian shoe division for North America, and serving as Territory Manager for brands including Vans and Clarks of England.
“The western territory has become very important to OS1st and its growth. To properly support our retailers, we are excited about the addition of Carmel,” Tommy Nason, National Sales Manager at OS1st, said in a statement.