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Shannon Kemp

  I first met Shannon in 2009 at the opening party we had for the Dunning shop on Yonge Street in Toronto. Craig Alexander was a Dunning brand ambassador and was at the party...so a lot of people showed up. Back in 09 we were running slim fit technical and cotton apparel that was also made in Canada. This was the launch point in my mind for Foreign Rider because I knew Dunning was always going to be perceived as a golf company which it was. I didn't really know Shannon other than that I knew she was a very good triathlete and I ended up doing a lot of riding with her. Then a few years later, Shannon broke...

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Nigel Gray

I first met Nigel Gray in the mid 90’s when we had a small Rip N Hammer shop in the front of our warehouse just before he was headed off to race Powerman in Switzerland. I didn’t really know Nigel all that well, but liked his easy going vibe and he reminded me more of a pro surfer than a pro duathlete. At the time, Nigel had really long hair circa 1970’s David Gilmour which was also not the norm in pro cycling or multi-sport. He became one of our very first brand ambassadors at Rip N Hammer and over the years, we were able to have Nigel in a lot of our photography when we ran print ads and...

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The Old Man and the Hoody

    In the 80’s I was working for one of the major record labels and was pretty obsessed with Polo, Timberland and Roots sweatshirts who also made Beaver Canoe sweats at the same time. The Polo stuff I bought was always the right hand and they had unreal sweats, pique polos and Oxford button downs. A lot of my stuff was made locally and I still have it to this day because the quality back then was just so good.       I bought Timberland boat shoes after seeing an ad in M Magazine that talked about their long lasting philosophy in how they built their goods back then.I was also a big advocate for wearing Turnbull and Asser...

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Angus Morton

    There are a handful of people in every sport or industry who truly change its path and have a huge impact on where and how things develop. Gus Morton is that person in cycling and I have so much resepct for his views on people and understanding true human connection.  For those who follow cycling , you will already be aware of the exceptional work Gus has done in the sport of cycling in both racing and filmmaking. Rapha films, Albion films (one of my all time faves is the Coast to Coast which Gus rides in) but it is his work he has done with his company Thereabouts that absolutely blew my mind. Film and photography are two...

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John Mooty

    Having been in apparel and branding for 30 years you get to see literally everything....good, bad and sometimes - exceptional. This could mean product, the way a company communicates and people. John Mooty is exceptional. Founder of NWKC apparel, Sentinel Golf and The Solomon Hughes Golf Academy, John is that rare business person who understands process, creative, product and relationships. As you will see with the first question, I discovered NWKC when I was playing golf with ACL founder Michael Williams a few years ago. Michael was wearing an NWKC crew neck and I was seriously blown away because it fit perfect and the fabric was perfect aesthetically and its hand feel was bang on. I was really impressed...

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