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Even in summer heat, Pan Am mitts are a hot-ticket item: Hudson’s Bay

HBC says red mitt sales strong during Pan Ams
Andre De Grasse of Canada waves to fans after he wins the gold medal in the men's 100m final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Hudson's Bay is reporting strong sales for red mitts, Canada T-shirts amd jackets during the Pan Am Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – A patriotic symbol of winter fashion is proving to be a hot-ticket summer item during the Pan Am Games.

Hudson’s Bay Co. is the official outfitter of the Canadian team, and the retailer is selling replica merchandise along with its popular red mittens, which are available year-round.

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Vice-president of brand management Julie Magner says they’ve sold more than 4,000 pairs of mitts since the Pan Ams officially kicked off in Toronto on July 10.

Magner says Canada T-shirts are the top-selling item in the replica line with more than 20,000 sold since the Pan Am opening ceremony.

She says the bestselling jacket is the red-and-white outerwear piece dubbed the “patriot jacket,” which is worn by Canada’s medal-winning athletes on the podium.

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Magner says since the opening ceremony, merchandise sales have surpassed what the retailer thought they would achieve.

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