SOURCE: Respect Your Universe, Inc.

Respect Your Universe, Inc.

February 27, 2012 08:53 ET

RYU Raises $1.5 Million in Equity Financing

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Today, Respect Your Universe, Inc. ("RYU") (OTCBB: RYUN),, announced that it has raised $1.5 million in equity financing through the issuance of 1.5 million units, each unit consisting of one share of common stock and half of one warrant, each whole warrant of which entitles the holder to purchase an additional share of common stock at an exercise price of $1.80 per share until August 22, 2014.

RYU intends to use the proceeds from the financing to accelerate its investment in innovative product and marketing initiatives to drive brand awareness and revenue growth.

"We are excited and very pleased to complete this round of financing that we believe provides the financial resources to execute our sales, marketing and advertising strategies," said RYU CFO Steve Eklund.

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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