Our appetite for adventure never wanes, and often, this brings the unexpected–in a good way. For our spring photoshoots, we explored three new spots – Hood River, Joshua Tree and Boulder – while staying true to our love of the Hawaiian Islands and our amazing real women “models.”
Tagged: behind the scenes
Teddy Roosevelt’s famous In the Arena speech has been firing us up lately, so we asked some of the gals at Title Nine to share a time they took a risk, ignored the critics, and – whether triumph or fail – got in the arena.
Kristina, Magnificent Merchant
“The only fall sports for girls at my middle school were volleyball or cheerleading, but I wanted to try out for soccer. The boys’ soccer coach discouraged me from playing, but I tried out for the team anyway, and made it! I went on to become an all-county player and the team captain in high school.”
Erin, Chief People Person
“I had always wanted to learn improv, but being in front of an audience without a safety net felt pretty scary. I finally decided to jump in and try one class. I’m so glad I took that risk! I ended up loving it and have been learning, performing, and teaching improv ever since.” (more…)
At Title Nine we believe that sports and fitness can be fun and transformational. It says so right on our walls. Our CFO leads Tabata classes in the company gym. Lunchtime yoga is taught by a customer service rep. The distribution center hosts parking lot boot camp classes, and our stores hold their meetings while hiking or navigating ropes courses.
We believe sweating together, laughing together, and encouraging each other makes us better coworkers, and in turn, a better company for all of our customers.
Which is why, once a year since 2002, we shut down headquarters, suspend shipping, send customer service phones to voice mail, and fly in all 23 store managers from across the country. We come together for a day of teamwork, athletics, and a lot of silliness at the Title Nine Olympics.
The 2015 games were held at a cavernous local gym. We began our morning by dividing up into eight teams with names such as Dink & Sparkle, Bras n’ Bros, and Back in Black. Team captains were chosen, cheers composed, and hilarious dances choreographed. Team loyalty was strong, and the competition was serious (injuries included), but ultimately we knew we were all playing on one big team.
Morning games included Off the Wall Ball (a game made up by our founder, Missy), Office Chair Foosball, Human Hungry Hungry Hippo, and Cup Stacking. The games were a mix of physical exertion, mental strategy, and just plain ridiculousness – something for everyone.
Our team is finally back at T9HQ after traveling to shoot our Fall 2015 catalog. If you’re a follower of Title Nine’s Instagram account, our “guess where we are?” photo may have given it away. While the guesses were great, we weren’t in Alaska, Colorado or Canada. We returned to, as one commenter so aptly put it, “heaven on Earth,” better known as Bend, Oregon.
Of course, just like any other Title Nine photo shoot, every day on location was an adventure unto itself.