Charles Owen Acquires Airowear Ltd, Bringing Riders the Most Complete Selection of Body Protector Options

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- AUGUST 14, 2012 -- Charles Owen & Co. has joined forces with the British-based brand Airowear Ltd. to bring the next generation of safety, innovation and design in body protection to the equestrian marketplace.

Charles Owen and Airowear will continue to operate independently and will also maintain its existing team of sales representatives to ensure the long-standing tradition of exceptional customer service for which they are both known.

At the same time, Charles Owen will continue to develop and promote its own line of body protectors with the flagship vest, the Kontakt 5, otherwise known as the K5 - The Official Body Protector of both the United States Eventing and Driving Teams.

Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen & Co., stated, “This is an exciting new venture for Airowear, Charles Owen and the industry as a whole. By joining our design expertise and resources, we will be able to focus on new and innovative safety products for the future all while maintaining our combined traditions of safety and customer service.”

About Charles Owen & Co.:

Charles Owen & Co. represents more than 100 years of innovation and style for a safer world. Each Charles Owen helmet is handcrafted using the highest quality materials. With the largest range of helmet styles and shapes, independently certified to up to four international equestrian safety standards, Charles Owen offers a wider range of protection in a potential accident. For further information, please visit: www.charlesowen.com.