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Patricia Nash Designs Appoints Evolution As Licensing Agency

Patricia Nash Designs, a designer brand of leather handbags, jewelry, and accessories, has appointed Evolution USA as the licensing and brand management agency for relevant category extensions. Evolution is being tasked with developing and managing a full-scale licensing program including identifying retail and licensee partnerships with initial focus on the North American market. The Patricia Nash brand, inspired by travel, memories, vintage craftsmanship and a sense of family will focus on natural category extensions that preserve the integrity and quality of the brand. Newly licensed categories will include a broad assortment of indoor and outdoor home furnishings and housewares, tabletop and drinkware, women’s dresses and resort wear, women’s swimsuits and cover-ups, sleepwear and slippers, and an extended line of accessories including watches, sunglasses, gifts and candles, stationery and paper goods… . . . read more

Global Icons Named Licensing Agent for Betty Boop

The iconic Betty Boop character will be getting a bit of a makeover at age 90, as Fleischer Studios announced this week that Global Icons will be its new worldwide exclusive licensing agent for the Studios’ beloved slate of classic characters. Betty Boop was created in 1930 by Max Fleisher for his Talkartoons series of cartoons, which premiered in 1930 as the first animated ‘talkies’ that his company produced for Paramount Studios. The character, inspired by jazz age artists of the 1920s, starred in more than 100 cartoons and was originally voiced by Mae Questel, but remains popular and has been licensed for thousands of products over the years. Fleischer Studios says it is now looking to expand the opportunities for its properties in creative new ways, and has engaged Global… . . . read more

Poetic Brands Gets Artsy With Britain’s National Gallery

In response to a growing interest in art in the licensed fashion sector, specialist apparel licensee Poetic Brands has teamed up with Britain’s National Gallery, which houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, to create a range of adult apparel and accessories based on its impressive and extensive artworks. The collection will incorporate a wide range of products including adult daywear apparel and outerwear, swimwear, flip flops, beach bags and towels, adult nightwear and essentials, and accessories including caps and luggage.  The National Gallery in London, England, was founded in 1824 and houses more than 2,600 paintings from the late 13th to the early 20th century in Trafalgar Square. With one of the greatest collections of art in the world, the Gallery displays many world-famous works,… . . . read more

Gucci and The North Face Go Hiking In Style

You don’t usually equate Gucci with camping, but the luxury brand is going outdoors in a big way this year, partnering with adventure wear company The North Face. Consumers have headed to the great outdoors in droves this year, thanks to lockdowns and physical distancing measures, so Gucci figured, if you’re going out hiking, you might as well look fabulous doing it! The luxury brand has teamed up with The North Face on a new collaboration which aims to celebrate the ‘spirit of exploration’, with a collection that launched on Jan. 4. “This special cross-category of collection for men and women comprises ready-to-wear soft accessories, luggage and shoes, as well as some unexpected pieces linked to the outdoor world of The North Face, such as tents and sleeping bags,” says… . . . read more

Bad Boys Ride Together, Die Together, and License Merch Together

Is it really possible that it’s only now, 25 years after the first Bad Boys movie dropped, that one can actually buy Bad Boys’ merch? Apparently so, and shoppers have only the week before Christmas to get their hands on the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence-themed clothing line at an online pop-up shop, the badboysmoviestore.com. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first Bad Boys flick, the action-comedy franchise released a clothing capsule just in time for the holidays. The nine-piece collection includes T-shirts, pullover hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, and a couple of accessories, most of which are presented in monochromatic colors. The imagery in the collection reflects the original 1995 film as well as the 2003 and 2020 sequels. You’ll see screen-printed quotes and photos of the film’s two main protagonists—Mike Lowrey and Marcus… . . . read more

Deal Summary: Spread Group, Emoji Co., Lucasfilm, League of Legends

Another week, another slate of great deals in our industry, as we lead our coverage today with expansion of an existing agreement with Warner Bros. and Spread Group. Spread Group Expands Warner Bros. Collaboration Beyond Europe Spread Group – formerly known as Spreadshirt – has worked with Warner Bros. in Europe since 2012, developing more than 1,700 designs for the entertainment giant’s many popular brands and characters, and distributing in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The company has notched impressive sales in the Eurozone, and now Warner Bros. is expanding that relationship to allow Spread Group to bring 14 key brands like DC and Harry Potter to new markets in North America, the UK, and Australia. The company expects to release more than 1,000 SKUs for these… . . . read more

Roblox Releasing New Game With YouTube Child Star Ryan Kaji

The Roblox Studio, makers of the world’s largest ‘user-created’ video games, is launching a new property created by the world’s most popular YouTube star, Ryan Kaji.  Kaji is the young star of Ryan’s World, formerly known as Ryan ToysReview, who got his start as a young child doing toy unboxing videos with his dad, and expanded the program to include more educational videos on the YouTube platform. Despite his young age, Ryan has been the number one revenue grossing star on YouTube for years. Roblox, as a game, seems almost purpose built for a content producer like Ryan Kaji, and it’s a game the young star loves. “I’ve been playing Roblox since I was three years old, and it’s one of my favorites. I was super excited to create my… . . . read more

We Can All Look Better, Thanks to Queer Eye Licensing Deal

Sartorially challenged men and women everywhere can rest easy, knowing a new licensing agreement will bring the Emmy award winning fashion sense of Queer Eye to an ecommerce portal near you.  Scout Productions, the company behind the hit series, announced on November 5 a multi-layered licensing program of new products and the launch of QueerEyeStore.com, bringing fans all things fashion, inclusivity and “Queer Eye.” The program, created in partnership with the show’s licensing representative IMG, features products based on the television series, including an extensive new apparel line featuring everyone’s favorite Queer Eye personalities, which is available now at Amazon and on QueerEyeStore.com.  Other highlights include the recently launched exclusive home furnishings line at Walmart.com, whose success out of the gate has resulted in many products being sold out, and… . . . read more

The Week in Licensing Deals

LEGO How do you get to Sesame Street? Easy, just ask Lego.  The European construction toy giant is bringing out a Sesame Street-themed set for the first time called Lego Ideas 123 Sesame Street.  The new set features iconic characters you’ll remember from your own childhood (yes, it’s been that long) like Big Bird, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch.  The set will be up for sale on Nov. 1, 2020, leaving lots of shopping days before Christmas.  Last Airbender Goes Live on Twitch The enduringly popular Nickelodeon kids’ series The Last Airbender and its sequel The Legend of Korra are breaking new ground, thanks to a deal with ViacomCBS Networks Americas.  The rapidly growing streaming platform for gamers will be streaming the two series in Latin America from October 26… . . . read more

Coronavirus,

Licensing Industry Loves COVID-19 Masks

US President Donald Trump may not be a fan of masks … but the licensing industry loves them! Reusable COVID-19 masks literally became the world’s fastest growing industry this year, going from almost zero in North America to a multi-billion dollar industry in just months. As it became clear the coronavirus was spreading rapidly in the US and Canada this spring, enterprising licensors and licensees acted fast to create a wide range of new consumer products, designed to put a personal touch on personal protection. Trevco’s MaskClub.com was one early entrant in the sector, launching masks with a collection of licenses from major entertainment and toy brands. The company took the unusual approach of launching a monthly subscription service, featuring thousands of mask designs featuring Betty Boop, Sesame Street, Hello… . . . read more


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