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Volume 24 No. 116
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     Greg Norman's bright, stylish Reebok outfits -- along with
his trademark wide-brimmed hat -- have become a signature look
and a key ingredient to his vast fan appeal.  Last year, those
managing the Greg Norman Collection changed their retail approach
from golf shops to higher-end department stores, such as
Bloomingdale's in New York which was the test store for the
line's new concept.  Earlier this week, THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY
spoke with Michael Stein, VP and General Merchandise Manager of
the Greg Norman Collection, on their strategy and plans for the
     NOT JUST FOR GOLFERS ANYMORE:  Stein said the "successful"
test at Bloomies led to a Greg Norman Shop and presence in Lord &
Taylor's and Nordstrom's.  Stein:  "The golf lifestyle is very
much a part of fashion today, and we feel that if we go in in a
very careful way to only the finest level of department stores,
we can maintain our 'green grass' [golf shop] business and grow
our business in a helpful way."  There are also plans to set up
Norman displays in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.  Stein
believes the move into high-end retail will not alienate the
golfer base, as they have remained conscious of their traditional
golf consumer.  Stein said they plan to will make a special
grouping of merchandise, maybe 30% of their line, "green grass-
exclusive."  Stein:  "That is our heritage, and the cornerstone
of our business and we are not interested in vacating it, but
growing it to its maximum."
     SHARK ATTACK:  The Norman line will be marketed under the
"Attack Life" slogan.  To kick off the summer campaign, the
Collection underwent a massive PR campaign in New York. Norman
did a personal appearance at Bloomingdale's and his face adorns a
huge 36 x 67 foot billboard on Broadway between 45th and 46th,
with the "Attack Life" tagline.  The ad also runs on 40 bus
shelters around the city.  Stein said a print media campaign
which will be featured in GQ, Esquire, Men's Journal, and
selective golf publications, beginning in July.  A TV campaign
will commence next year.
     HOW 'BOUT THOSE COLORS, MATE?  Stein said the Norman look is
based on aboriginal, primitive designs from Norman's native
Australia.  Although the colors and designs used to be "very wild
and very loud, and mostly primary colors,"  Stein said they are
now doing "more subtle elegant designs" to make the whole line
"an idea of dressy, elegant sportswear, not just golf clothing --
 which means it can be worn anywhere, on the golf course, off the
course."  The Norman Fall Line will be in stores starting August
     NOT A "JOCK" LINE:  Stein said the Greg Norman Collection,
with its offices in New York, is under their own umbrellas after
being part of Reebok Golf.  Stein:  "They will still own us.  But
we run Greg Norman as a separate line company and are responsible
for a bottom line to Reebok as a separate company.  We are doing
everything we can to take Reebok off the name because that
conjures up another kind of image and thought that we don't want
in our line.  It is not 'athletic jock wear.'  This is not
exercise clothing, this is elegant, worldly sportswear" (THE