Equestrian Business Monthly mag showcases Asmar Equestrian with a full page feature – read it here!
Did you see UK trade title EBM’s company focus on Asmar Equestrian, in the Dec 2011 issue – out now? Here’s what the mag says of the company –
Service with a Smile
Apparel for All Weathers
Canadian brand Asmar Equestrian burst onto the equestrian scene in North America in January 2011; it spent the first three months of its infancy showcasing at international equestrian trade shows, before launching in the UK at the BETA International Trade Show, where Asmar Equestrian was awarded Best Stand In Show Under 32 metres. “Every mannequin and hanger looked the part, even though the stand was small,” CEO Noel Asmar recalls.
The company also took home a hotly-contested innovation award for Most Innovative Rider Apparel of the Year at BETA. The winning product was the range’s ‘hero’ product – the All Weather Rider™ Jacket, judged to be ‘an elegant, multi-functional garment, and well-tailored to allow plenty of movement and flexibility’.
Fashionable and functional
Like all truly innovative products, the jacket was born when Noel, a keen horsewoman, became frustrated that she couldn’t find a riding jacket to meet her needs. As a successful designer of technical clothing for some of the world’s most elite hotels and spas, Noel was used to creating items of clothing that, while they looked smart and fashionable, were first and foremost, functional. “Busy people need sophisticated, technical fabrics and tailoring that work with their lifestyles and jobs, rather than work against them,” observes Noel. “I knew from my spa uniform experience that comfort and technical performance should be the basis of all functional clothing.”
Noel quickly set about adding to the outerwear collection with a shorter riding jacket, the Hunter Jacket; and a gilet, The Rider’s Vest; the range was designed firmly with horse riders in mind. “Owning horses is a lifestyle choice, and we feel it is important to wear clothes that reflect your lifestyle, or even the lifestyle that you aspire to,” Noel says.
Style in and out of the ring
Asmar Equestrian recently launched a show apparel collection with coordinates, which while featuring playful twists, has its heart in traditional equestrian show wear. “There’s so much heritage in equestrian competition – the dress code has its roots in formal wear, especially for ladies, and I like to see classic garments that won’t be unfashionable in a few years’ time,” Noel says.
A rewarding experience
Noel has always been involved with horses, and says she was ‘your typical horse crazy little girl, growing up’. “My Mom bought me my first pony when I turned twelve – and I have been riding for pleasure since then,” she explains. Noel is a big fan of the Friesian breed, of which there are two types – the classical Baroque, and the Sport Friesian, which is finer boned. Noel has one of each. “Because of the Lipizzaner blood, this breed generally makes a very good riding and dressage horse – they are very trainable. Not to mention beautiful!” she says.
The team behind the brand
Asmar is continuing to develop relationships with new retailers, and is currently looking in particular to take on more in Britain – interested retailers can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. “It is important to us to work with retailers who ‘get’ the brand and its association with an aspirational lifestyle – while we are being selective about the retailers we work with, any company that is internet-savvy, has a focus on customer service, and delivers its promises to its customer base, will be considered. A retailer stocking our clothes, whether online or in an actual store, is representing our brand, so we are keen to work with positive, ego-free people, no matter what the business’s size,” Noel adds.
The company is also leading the way by offering its retailers social media support. “Social media is a big part of business in the 21st century,” explains Asmar Equestrian’s Marketing Manager, Angela Yard. “We have two blogs and a Facebook and Twitter page, and like to engage with retailers, riders, customers and horse owners in this way. For us, it is about developing awareness of a brand, and engaging with horse riders in real time,” she says.
The coming months
With new retailers coming on board all the time, Noel Asmar is very positive about the coming year. “By 2012, we will have a full collection to offer our customers, including outerwear, show apparel, warm up wear and riding breeches. We are exhibiting internationally at trade shows, as we like to speak directly with retailer representatives, pick up and share new merchandising tips, and get the clothes into people’s hands at events,” she states.
“Essentially, we plan to continue working on establishing what is a very young company as an innovative apparel brand that offers excellent customer service,” she says. “With my name on the label, or emblazoned on the sleeve, I am determined to ensure the company and brand is the best it can be.”
Posted on January 8, 2012, in Asmar Equestrian Clothing Range and tagged asmar, equestrian, equestrian clothing, equestrian fashion range, european championships, sarah millis, Sophie Wells, sports fashion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.