“Irvine, Calif. (February 2, 2010) — La Jolla Group (“LJG”), the premiere multi-brand apparel licensing company with a portfolio of prominent brands including O’Neill Clothing USA, Lost Clothing, Metal Mulisha Clothing, and Rusty North America, today announced the appointment of Jim Shubin as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for its latest acquisition, True Love & False Idols (“TLFI”). Effective immediately, Shubin will report to Toby Bost and Bill Bussiere, LJG’s CEO and President respectively, and will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif. In his new position, Shubin will play a key role in solidifying the TLFI brand platform, overseeing development and partnerships, and implementing a global distribution strategy.
“Shubin is the perfect match for La Jolla Group and the right leader for the journey we are embarking on with True Love & False Idols,” commented Bost. “His understanding of the streetwear sector, combined with his business relationships, charisma, and overall positive spirit are all attributes that will make him successful in this position. We are excited for what will undoubtedly be a fun and successful venture.”
A Southern California native, Shubin has worked in the fashion and action sports industries for more than 20 years, and has become known by his peers as “the brand builder.” Most recently, he has consulted for CLASS and the Nielsen Group on the launch of CLASS@ASR in San Diego, CA; and managed various international apparel brands looking to expand into the U.S. market, most notably, WeSC. While at WeSC, Shubin conceptualized and implemented all marketing efforts and product launches, streamlined alliances and established a nationwide retail presence.
Earlier in his career, Shubin served as VP of Marketing and International Sales at Ezekiel, where he worked closely with the sales and design teams to reposition the brand and increased sales by 300%. Prior to Ezekiel, Shubin was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Dwindle Distribution, home to 10 of the most influential brands in skateboarding, including Almost, Enjoi, World Industries, Blind Skateboards, Tensor, Speed Demons, Darkstar, and Droors. During his tenure,
Shubin’s non-traditional marketing approach and deep global network helped build Enjoi and then launch Almost Skateboards into two of the most recognizable names in action sports.
Shubin added, “I am excited about the challenge of building an emerging brand with tons of potential – especially one with as much depth and DNA as TLFI. La Jolla Group’s solid infrastructure provides a great foundation to further this brand’s growth and product evolution.”
True Love & False Idols will be attending CLASS@ASR in San Diego (February 3-4), followed by Magic’s S.L.A.T.E show (February 16-18) in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.tlfi-la.com and www.lajollagroup.com.
About La Jolla Group
La Jolla Group is the world’s premiere multi-brand apparel licensing company, with a prominent portfolio that includes some of the most recognized names in apparel today: O’Neill Clothing USA, Lost Clothing, Metal Mulisha Clothing, Rusty North America, and True Love & False Idols. Enhancing the successful model perfected with the company’s acquisition of the O’Neill Clothing USA license from Jack O’Neill and family in 1992, La Jolla Group has applied its core competencies in design, marketing, sales, production, and distribution to each of its licenses, creating a diversified brand mix specialized in surf, skate, snow, motocross, streetwear and beach lifestyle.
With five successful brands, over 400 employees across the U.S., 6 successful retail locations — including O’Neill’s flagship store in Anaheim and new shop at Irvine headquarters — La Jolla Group continues to evolve and leverage synergies across its platforms. La Jolla Group brands are sold in over 3000 retailers across the country, as well as in countries including Europe, U.K., Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Japan.
For more information, visit www.lajollagroup.com, and subsidiary brand sites, www.oneill.com, www.rusty.com, www.metalmulisha.com , www.lostenterprises.com, and www.tlfi-la.com.”