VANCOUVER, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Respect Your Universe, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU) (RYUN) ("RYU"), an athletic lifestyle apparel brand designed for all disciplines of movement, is pleased to announce that Marcello Leone, RYU's current President and director, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of RYU.
Marcello Leone is highly regarded as a visionary in the fashion industry. Mr. Leone's entrepreneurial spirit is led by his strategic vision, strong leadership and organization, and supported by his ability to raise capital. Mr. Leone has been involved with RYU since mid-2011, as an investor. Over the past three years, Mr. Leone founded Naturo Group Investments Inc. Through 2009, Mr. Leone was instrumental for over 16 years operating one of Canada's largest and most successful independent specialty stores known as LEONE (www.leone.ca). LEONE, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, represents over 30,000 square feet of luxury brands. Mr. Leone was responsible for the development of new product lines, guiding the buying team, and daily operational duties for LEONE and L2. Led by Mr. Leone and its management team, LEONE has been recognized as one of North America's leading retailers as quoted in Vogue Italy. Mr. Leone is active in charity work, having raised over $1 million for various charities.
Marcello Leone will be replacing Craig Brod as Chief Executive Officer.
Respect Your Universe, Inc. is a performance apparel brand designed for athletes and active adults. Crafted from organic and/or earth-friendly materials, RYU apparel enhances movement, is extremely comfortable and healthy for the environment. Founded in 2008, RYU has incorporated the lessons learned from mixed martial arts into beautiful everyday performance wear. For more information, visit www.ryu.com.
RESPECT YOUR UNIVERSE, INC.
Marcello Leone, CEO, President and Director
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