Where Sports Meet Fashion: ’47 and its Introduction to the Korean Market

MFThe ‘47 story is a classic American story where in 1947, twin brothers and Italian immigrants, Arthur and Henry D’Angelo founded Twins Enterprise, now ’47. The Boston-based brothers were entrepreneurial pioneers who were quick to see the future of sports licensing by selling pennants and other sports memorabilia on the streets around Fenway Park. Through a combination of hard work, sound instincts and incredible passion, the brothers were able to grow our business from a single street cart into a premier sports lifestyle brand that uniquely melds sport and style.

We have established ourselves as a premium global sports lifestyle brand and are proud to be a licensed partner with the four key professional American sports leagues: MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, as well as over 900 colleges.… Read More

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Major League Baseball is a Hit with Korean Fans

Park_ImageOn April 8, 1994, Chan Ho Park took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves and became the first Korean to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). He would continue on to become the winningest Asian pitcher in MLB history during his 16-year MLB career. Since Park’s debut, 14 other Koreans have played in the Major Leagues and MLB scouts are taking notice of the talented players in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).

Introduced by missionaries, baseball arrived in Korea in the early 1900s. It rose in popularity throughout the 20th century, and in 1982 the Korean Professional Baseball League (now the KBO) launched with six teams.… Read More

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Four Years In: The Benefits of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

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The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement entered into force four years ago today. While it’s still too early to arrive at a full assessment of its results, the agreement has already brought real benefits for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and companies.

Some of the agreement’s provisions have yet to enter into force, but many are in place.  And they are already helping create a more level playing field for U.S. trade with our sixth-largest trading partner. Consider:

Without the FTA …
Around 90% of American agricultural good exports to Korea would still face high tariffs, averaging 53%.… Read More

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Four Year Snapshot: The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

6a00d8341d9cb353ef0105357b47fd970b-800wi(Originally posted on the Office of the United States Trade Representative website).

March 15, 2016 will mark the four-year anniversary of the entry into force of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). These past four years have been a period of growth and resurgence for the American economy, with 2015 recording solid GDP growth, a net gain of 2.6 million private-sector jobs, and the sixth consecutive year of net gain in manufacturing employment.

The U.S.-Korea trade and investment relationship is substantially larger and stronger than before the KORUS agreement. Since entry into force of the agreement in 2012, the U.S.… Read More

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Korea Offers Big Opportunities for the Big Sky State

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Snowcapped mountains. Blue-ribbon trout streams. Wide-open prairies. These are the things most people associate with Montana, but the Big Sky State has also long been an important player in the global economy. Throughout the history of the state, drawn by Montana’s wealth of natural resources, immigrants came from around the world and established a sense of multinationalism that lives on today in our culture and in our global business perspective. It has been my honor as Governor to assist in building and strengthening these international relationships. Montana’s relationship with Korea in particular has become a valuable asset to our economy. Korea’s progressive thinking and strong economy has provided innumerable opportunities for Montana businesses.… Read More

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