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7 Sep 2015

Graduates launch first British snowboarding and ski brand for women

Loughborough Alumnus Susie Beere and Sophie Kelly are set to launch Snooks, the first British snowboarding and ski brand designed specifically for women.

Born in The Studio, Loughborough’s creative hub, Snooks offer female riders well-fitting and uniquely designed outerwear that combines protection, freedom of movement and style.

As keen snowboarders, Founders Susie and Sophie identified a gap in the market for quality, high performance outwear designed with women in mind. Blending British heritage with modern urban styling, the new range includes waterproof, windproof, breathable and warm technical jackets and trousers, designed to keep riders comfortable while looking great on the slopes.

Beanies, caps, T-shirts and hoodies, including a hoody for spring/summer riding and ideal for indoor riding, will also be available. Plans to widen the range to include accessories such as gloves and backpacks for snowboarding and skiing are currently in the pipeline. Keen to support national industries and source locally whenever possible, all of the products are designed and manufactured in the UK.

As graduates in Economics and Sociology and with limited design experience, Susie and Sophie applied to The Studio for help in getting their idea off the ground in October 2014. Renting a space, the pair sought free business advice, funding and support, gained access the University’s design facilities and have the opportunity to test their designs in the sports science labs.

Launching this winter, products will be available online with the hope of being featured in UK independent snowboard and ski shops, before expanding into European markets over the next few years.

Snooks has already received interest both nationally and internationally with the pair being featured in The Guardian and contacted by the Turkish snowboard and ski team.

Susie Beere, Snooks Co-founder, comments: “Snooks hope to change attitudes towards women's action sports and build a brand that is far more than just a business, but a way of representing and supporting female action sports participants and athletes. It's so important that action sports brands represent the people they are designing for - in everything we do, we always put female riders at the core and listen to what they want.”

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Article reference number: September News

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.