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The Evolution of Kerrits

From humble beginnings to current day, follow our growth in activewear and equestrian apparel.


2016
Kerrits turns 30!
 
We are excited and humbled to be awarded the "Best in Class" from Dover Saddlery for the 2nd year in a row!
2015
 
For the 2nd Year in a Row - Awarded the 2015 American Made Outdoor Gear Award Certificate of Appreciation.
 
Kerrits hits the 1 million mark - planting the seeds for over 1 million young riders. Thanks for helping us cultivate the future of our industry, putting more than one million pairs of tights on kids around the world.
 
Carrot Seed Packets undergo a redesign and debut in January.

2014
Kerrits connection with riders and horse lovers everywhere gets a global boost; expanding to Germany, Singapore, and South America.

 

Up-and-coming young rider, Taylor McFall joins the ranks of the Kerrits team!

 

Kerrits partners with Rebecca Farms and Halt Cancer at X to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

 

Awarded the 2014 American Made Outdoor Gear Award Certificate of Appreciation

 

2013
Kerrit Sticks Technology introduced to help maintain a free and flexible feel with the added advantage of Kerrits anti-slip technology.

 

Kerrits receives 2013 Excellence Award by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.
2012
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Incorporates cutting-edge Ice Fil® fabric technology into their Ice Fil® tank, short sleeve and longsleeve styles. Kerrits Ice Fil® tops offer UV 40 sun protection and are anti-bacterial, moisture-absorbing and fast-drying.

 

Proud sponsor of The Event at Rebecca Farm; a premier world class event dedicated to the sport of Three Day Eventing, based in Kalispell, Montana.

 

Expands commitment to USA by partnering with domestic fabric mills and production facilities.
2011
Continued growth results in a company move across the river to expanded headquarters in Bingen, WA.

 

"Big Red", the equine star in the movie Secretariat, joins Kerrits team.

 

Connected with over 8,000 Facebook fans, providing a direct consumer link to all things Kerrits!
2010
To raise awareness, keep cardboard boxes in use longer and to encourage people to engage in the concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in a personal way, Kerrits joins A Box Life program.

 

Firmly rooted Equestrian division celebrates 20 years.
2009
A $300,000 donation to NARHA gives handicap and disabled riders a leg up.

 

Kerrits CEO, Kerri Kent completes her term as vice president of AETA (American Equestrian Trade Association), instrumental in unifying the industry and streamlining tradeshows.
2008
Expands proprietary GripTek fabric to include a new brushed Gripstretch™ version, featured in the Breathe Tight II, environmentally and animal friendly fabric that stabilized the riders seat with unsurpassed grip.

 

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Launched g.r.a.s.s Green Riding Apparel for Style and Sustainability, a dedicated line of eco-friendly products for the equestrian industry.

 

Joins Patagonia’s efforts for 1% FTP, with funds directed to the Equestrian Land Conservancy.
2007
Recipient of the “Best New Product” Award for the Coach’s Coat design the AETA International Trade Fair.

 

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The Sit Tight Breech gallops victorious on with Team Rider Jessica Heidemann for a top 10 finish at the International Rolex 3-Day Event in Kentucky.
2006
Awarded “Best Trade Stand” at AETA International Trade Fair for the new Fashion Show format.

 

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(Design patent D532,958).Introduction of the patented Sit Tight with new propriety GripTek™ technology.

 

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International sales expand into Australia and Europe.

 

2005
Kerrits moves on to focus solely on equestrian apparel in new office and warehouse location at 1016 Industrial Loop in Hood River, OR.

 

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Retail Swim and Activewear division at 316 Oak Street sells to Melika..

 

2004
Raised the first and only industry two-story trade show booth winning the “Best Booth Design” at the K.O.P. International Trade Fair.
2003
Committed to future growth and direct contact with customers, Kerrits takes over its own distribution.

 

Tops 500 specialty equestrian retailers in North America.
2002
“24 Kerrits” guarantee goes into effect unconditionally guaranteeing Kerrits garments for 1 year from the date of purchase.

 

Team Rider Beverly Gray is the first USA endurance rider at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain, Kerrits goes the distance.
2001
Toklat distributes Kerrits Equestrian Apparel for 1 year.
2000
Malden Power Stretch® is the fabric of choice for the Fall/Winter Collection, pushing record sales of the Power Stretch® Breech.
1999
400 photos are submitted to Kerrits active lifestyle photo contest – where you there?
1998
Grass roots marketing takes hold as Kerrits swimwear makes the cover of Wind Rider Magazine.

 

Baby Kerrits is born.
1997
Joins the world wide web at www.kerrits.com

 

1996
Actively competing and sponsoring events including prestigious Deep Creek Event in Spokane, WA.
1995
Kerrits Boardshorts featured in a United Airlines Ad at PDX.

 

International debut of Equestrian line with Hook from Sweden.
1994
Kerrits wins Astra Award, Gateway to the Women’s Market for manufacturing.

 

Founder Kerri Kent is one of three finalists in the Oregon “Entrepreneur of the Year” Awards, Columbia Sportswear’s Gert Boyle takes the win.

 

3-Season Layering System is introduced into the equestrian division.

 

1993
KATU’s “AM Northwest” features Kerrits, hot models in athletic bikinis.

 

Nordstrom’s swim and active department has record sales of Kerrits’ Meshy-in-the Middle swim suit.

 

Awarded Downtown Historic Restoration award for renovation of 100 year-old Pacific Power’s location at 316 Oak Street, Hood River.
1992
Move over Oscar De La Rente - Kerrits received National “Tommy Award for Design” in NYC for the best design using printed fabrics.

 

Equestrian look spills into mainstream fashion as Kerrits Catsuit lands in Shape magazine.

 

Kerrits seed packet is planted, attached to every garment.
1991
The houndstooth Performance Tight with flat-seam technology is unveiled.

 

The New York Times notes Kerrits as “style makers.” Michael Diamond of Eisers reads NY Times article and launches Kerrits Equestrian Apparel.

 

Feature article in “Living” section of The Oregonian propels Kerrits into national spotlight.
1990
Consolidated warehouse, offices and retail store into one location at 311 Oak St., a downtown, main street location.

 

Hood River is on the map as the windsurfing capital of North America, fueling Kerrits growth with featured articles in Action Sports Magazine bringing the brand to the forefront of fashion.

 

Feature article in “Living” section of The Oregonian propels Kerrits into national spotlight.
1989
Logo evolves to streamline shape.

 

Major coverage in Sports Northwest, Womens Sports and Fitness, WEAR magazine, roots Kerrits as a national brand for athletic women.
1988
Port of Hood River incubates local businesses, Kerrits and Dakine move into the refurbished Diamond Fruit building in Hood River.
1987
Kerrits road show begins, attending surf and activewear shows across the country – Surf Expo, Action Sports Retailer….

 

Addition of coordinating bike and activewear pieces.
1986
Kerrits Activewear is officially incorporated and established in Hood River, Oregon to meet the demands of active women who needed swimwear that stayed in place no matter what their sport.
1985
The journey begins. Visiting Canadian windsurfer Kerri Kent spends $50 at the Jantzen fabric outlet store.