SOURCE: Respect Your Universe, Inc.

Respect Your Universe, Inc.

January 30, 2012 10:47 ET

RYU CEO Christopher Martens Joins Board of Directors

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2012) - Today, Respect Your Universe, Inc. (RYU) (OTCBB: RYUN), http://www.respectyouruniverse.com/, is pleased to announce that RYU CEO Christopher Martens has joined the Board of Directors. Officially joining RYU in June 2011 as the Chief Executive Officer, Martens will join Chairman Kristian Andresen, President John Wood and Chief Marketing Director Emmanuel Brown on the Board of Directors.

"I am excited to help lead the RYU brand as a part of the Executive Management Team and now the Board of Directors," RYU CEO Christopher Martens commented about his appointment. "We have a talented and experienced team of professionals and leaders who are well placed to propel RYU from a start-up premium athletic apparel company into a household name."

At RYU, Martens has been responsible for creating brand strategies and relationships along with assisting in the production of authentic premium high performance apparel and product amongst the sports marketplace for consumers in an effort to position RYU for a successful launch of their debut Men's Spring 2012 Line. With his strength in identifying global trends, Martens brings a rich history in the sporting apparel industry to RYU including previously serving as General Manager and Merchandise Director at Nike, Inc. and Global Director of Apparel for the 2008 Beijing Olympics Nike, Inc. Martens' additional credentials also include Divisional Merchandise Manager for Global Nike ACG and Global Nike Outerwear, Nike, Inc. with 11 years of retail experience at Eastern Mountain Sports.

"Christopher is recognized within the sports apparel industry for successfully capitalizing on new opportunities and reigniting mature businesses with dramatic results. His position on the Board of Directors confirms his commitment to RYU's success and our plans to execute the vision of RYU," commented Kristian Andresen, RYU Chairman.

Built for Athletes, Suited for Style, RYU's debut men's premium high performance line embodies the art of the sport and places emphasis on respect, strength, honor and sustainability as the foundation of their apparel and products. All of the apparel items and products have been produced from organic and/or recycled materials utilizing some of the best yarn and fabric suppliers in the world while achieving the performance attributes desired by Mixed Martial Arts fighters and the true everyday athlete.

For more information on RYU visit http://www.respectyouruniverse.com or call +1-888-455-6183 ext. 101.

About Respect Your Universe
Respect Your Universe, Inc. (OTCBB: RYUN) is a premium performance apparel and equipment company rooted in and inspired by Mixed Martial Arts. Focused on the needs of the athlete, RYU brings innovative design, development and production of premium authentic performance gear with style to mixed martial artists and athlete enthusiasts worldwide. The RYU brand is based on respect, honor and sustainability.

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