LIJA Style

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LIJA Style
Private
Industry Apparel
Founded 1997[1]
Founder Linda Hipp
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Area served
Canada
USA
Mexico
Australia
Malaysia
UK
Portugal
Spain
UAE
South Africa
Products Women's Golf, Tennis, Run , Studio apparel
Slogan Play Beautifully
Website LIJAstyle.com

LIJA Style Inc (/ˈlʒə/; as "leisure" with a British accent), more commonly referred to as LIJA, was founded by Linda Hipp, who is also the President and head designer for the company. LIJA designs women's studio, run, tennis, and golf clothing in order to inspire healthy and active lifestyles for the youthful-minded women around the world. The company's motto... Play Beautifully.

Company history[edit]

Based in Vancouver, BC, the company was originally incorporated as Hyp Golf in July 1997, selling only on women's golf clothes. Linda's innovative designs incorporated elements of European runway fashions, challenging the previously conservative market. By the end of their first year, Hyp Golf was sold in over 25 retailers and endorsed by Pearl Sinn (the first LPGA player to endorse the brand on tour) who won the Rolex First-Time Award at the State Farm Classic wearing Hyp Golf.

Other LPGA players who wore Hyp Golf on the LPGA tour include Jill McGill, Grace Park, Kelli Kuehne, Jennifer Greggain, Jamie Hullett, Carin Koch and several others. Hyp Golf fashions were also seen on celebrities including Cheryl Ladd, Catherine Bell, Joumana Kidd, ex-wife of NBA star Jason Kidd, and Stefanie Schaeffer from the popular TV show ‘The Apprentice'.

Hyp Golf entered the US market in 1999 garnering a reuptation as a pioneer of stylish, feminine fit styles in women's golf apparel. Hyp Golf officially rebranded as LIJA after recognizing that the demand for Linda's designs, fusing sport and fashion, extended well beyond the golf course.

In 2007, LIJA developed partnerships with local distributors in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, also opening its first US warehouse and beginning some overseas production. A partnership with a local distributor in the UK followed in 2008. In the same year, LIJA launched its Tour Style Leaders program with other notable players wearing LIJA on the golf course, including Christina Kim, Jane Park, Leta Lindley, Marisa Baena, Jennifer Greggain, Courtney Erdman, Brenda McLarnon and Georgina Simpson giving LIJA exposure on LPGA, Futures and European Tours. Leta Lindley and Georgnia Simpson later went on to become LIJA's tour style leaders for golf.

LIJA branched out its fashions in 2008, launching its first ever Leisure collection. In 2009, LIJA launched two more product categories - Active and Tennis - further developing the company's brand as an all-around activewear company. All three new product categories were created with the same philosophy as the golf collection: creating unique designs that enhance athletic performance yet have a fashionable edge.

In August 2009 LIJA signed on its first tennis player, Rebecca Marino, to represent its brand as a Tour Style Leader for tennis, after sponsoring her and volunteers at the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open in early August 2009.[2]

Recognitions [3][edit]

  • 2009 PROFIT 100 Rankings of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies
  • 2009 Progressive Employer of Canada
  • 2009 The Hackers Paradise Golfer’s Choice Award – Best Ladies Apparel
  • 2008 Executive of the Year – Score Golf Magazine
  • 2008 PROFIT W100 Rankings of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs
  • 2008 PGA Magazine—Resort Top Seller and Private Course Top Seller
  • 2008 PROFIT 100 Rankings of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies 2007 "Business of the Year"—Richmond Chamber of Commerce *2007 PGA Magazine—Resort Top Seller and Private Course Top Seller
  • 2007 Best of Show Honors at PGA Show—Golfing Magazine
  • 2006 Business in Vancouver "BC's 50 Fastest-Growing Companies"
  • 2005 Canadian Golf Company of the Year—Score Golf magazine

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Story". Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Our LIJA Style Leaders". Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "LIJA by Linda Hipp Outfits Rebecca Marino for 2009 Odlum Brown VanOpen" (PDF) (Press release). Buffalo Communications. July 30, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.