GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON DC, MAY 30, 2013…SCOUT by Bungalow (www.bungalowco.com), a leading supplier of fashion and lifestyle bags, bins, insulated totes and travel accessories has partnered with Spunkwear (www.spunkwear.com), a Maryland-based apparel company well-known for its popular line of spandex sportswear, to develop a co-branded product collection that targets the burgeoning girls’ lacrosse market.
The first SCOUT/Spunkwear collection will feature two original Spunkwear patterns, the Maryland Flag and the Blue Crab, manufactured by SCOUT on seven signature SCOUT tote bags and coolers, including its best-selling Original Deano tote. These popular Maryland-inspired designs are currently available on Spunkwear compression shorts, lax pinnies, dresses and other items. This exclusive co-branded collection will be sold direct to consumers by Spunkwear through their 100+ retail “pop-up stores” at lacrosse tournaments, competitions and special events. It will also be available online at www.spunkwear.com.
The launch of the new partnership will take place in June at the Top of the Bay girls’ lacrosse series in Bel Air, MD, where SCOUT and Spunkwear will display and sell their vibrantly-colored new summer products together for the first time. Spunkwear is the official retail sponsor for the Top of the Bay summer tournament series.
The new partnership leverages many synergies between the two Mid-Atlantic companies, including a shared vision for supporting the active lifestyles of female athletes young and old, a commitment to providing colorful and fashionable product alternatives to a utilitarian-dominated sportswear and gear bag market, and a common desire to help promote fitness and healthy competition for young women through organized sports and events.
“When SCOUT sought a partner to help expand into the girls’ lacrosse market, Spunkwear was the only company we entertained. They have an incredible following with the players, who at any given time probably have 1-2 colorful Spunkwear items in their gear bag”, says Ben Johns, President and Co-Owner of SCOUT. “This partnership is an excellent match for many reasons, not the least of which is the combined potential we’ve created to bring fresh and exciting products to market for seasons to come.”
“This new partnership with SCOUT is such a natural fit,” says Sheilah Ruppert, Founder of Spunkwear. “We have watched the brand for years, seeing the product line grow not only in scope and selection, but also in popularity, particularly with our customer demographic. The vibrancy, durability and style of SCOUT totes and gear bags complement us and our line so well, and we look forward to playing off our collective strengths to further distinguish and develop our brands and products in the marketplace.”
About SCOUT by Bungalow
SCOUT by Bungalow was founded in 2004, when the company found its niche for offering functional, fashionable, affordable totes. Under the SCOUT collection 400+ new products debut throughout the year, with a smaller collection of gift items available in the winter. The company is headquartered in Georgetown, Washington DC with a fulfillment center in Lowmoor, Virginia and a national showroom in Atlanta. SCOUT is currently being sold to over 1,500 independent retailers primarily on the East Coast.
Spunkwear is a Maryland-based apparel company that designs and manufactures a popular line of spandex sportswear. What began as a line of products aimed at the girls’ lacrosse market in Maryland soon grabbed the attention of a broader market of girls AND women looking for comfort, a great look, and a cool price. The “original” Spunkwear dress has expanded to a collection of dress styles that followers look forward to collecting! Headquartered near Annapolis, on the eastern shore of Maryland, all of Spunkwear’s high quality, spandex products are MADE IN THE USA!