March 17, 2015 Pinehurst, N.C. – Golf apparel producer, Thistle & Co. obtains all title licensing rights to legendary golf architect, Donald J. Ross.
Donald Ross Sportswear, the effective brand of Thistle & Co has had a long-standing partnership with the Ross family. After 8 years of collaborative efforts promoting the legacy and principles of Donald J. Ross, the Ross family has entrusted Thistle & Co with the exclusive rights to the Donald Ross name as it sees fit for the benefit of both the name and the company. This acquisition generates a multitude of opportunities for the Donald Ross brand to further diversify and expand their business offerings.
Ross family Executor, Alex Shapiro, offers his confidence in passing the torch to the sportswear company, “We’ve worked with Rob Stein and his team for 7 years now and have seen first hand the way he does business and the reverence he has for the Donald Ross name. Rob’s dedication to protecting and enhancing the Ross name made him the only person we would consider naming the new steward of the Ross legacy. The Ross family remains one of the owners of his company and we are very comfortable that he will take this responsibility as seriously as we have.”
A note from President and Chief Managing Partner, Rob Stein:
“From a business standpoint owning the Donald Ross name and trademarks is a tremendous opportunity for Thistle Sportswear. It gives Thistle Sportswear the ability to control and promote the Donald Ross Brand in a singular and consistent message of enduring quality, timeless design, and style!”
Personally, I have been involved with golf my entire life. Donald Ross as both a Golfer and Golf Course Architect is one of the few people who has had such an important impact in the development of golf, and golf course architecture in the US and abroad. Many prestigious events are conducted on Donald Ross designs every year. His consistent body of work and it’s endurance is a testimony to both his skill set and his understanding of classic design. It is both our privilege and responsibility to maintain and enhance the 100 + years of Donald Ross influence on the game of golf and golf course architecture.”
Established in 2008, Donald Ross Sportswear is the premier men’s performance golf apparel manufacturer. Founded upon the values and principles of golf course architect, Donald J. Ross, the company develops traditionally styled garments enhanced with modern performance fabrics. Distributing exclusively to the most elite and renown golf clubs and resorts, Donald Ross maintains a controlled growth with emphasis on delivering top quality product and service to their accounts. Having expanded to over 1,000 national accounts and growing accounts abroad, the company continues to establish their unique presence in the golf apparel industry. www.djrsport.com
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