by Stephen Garner

Urban athletic apparel brand RYU Apparel has officially opened its ninth store location in the outdoor mall of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, as it continues its West Coast expansion.

RYU, which stands for Respect Your Universe, has opened its second store in California representing its third experiential retail store in the United States. With a store in New York, four in Vancouver, and two in Toronto, RYU’s brick-and-mortar footprint has reached a total of nine locations in North America.

“We are proud to be part of the Orange County community in one of the most important malls of North America,” said Marcello Leone, CEO of RYU. “Having been embraced in such an exclusive environment is humbling and a further validation of the acceptance of our brand and innovation in the athletic sector.”