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Warner Launches Space Jam Licensing Onslaught

More than 200 licensing partners launching ‘Looney’ collections around the world Warner Bros. Consumer Products is rolling out the largest collection of Looney Tunes merchandise in decades ahead of debut of Space Jam: A New Legacy. The mixed animation and live action flick stars basketball star LeBron James playing alongside proven hoop ball talents Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes squad. Starring basketball champion and global icon LeBron James alongside Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and the Looney Tunes Squad, the live action/animated adventure is a manic mash-up of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. The movie it due to launch in cinemas in North America and the UK on July 16, and will… . . . read more

Gucci and Crunchyroll Collaborate on Bananya Collection

In collaboration with Crunchyroll, the global anime streaming brand, Gucci is launching a selection of special items featuring characters from Bananya, an original Japanese anime series about the lives of tiny playful cats who live in bananas. “Anime is a pop culture mainstay and our new collection with Gucci celebrating the eternally adorable Bananya is just another example of the power of this medium to transcend categories,” said John Leonhardt, head of consumer products, Crunchyroll. “We are thrilled to be working with Gucci to bring this playful collection to fans around the world.” The special items include seven women’s wear items—four G Loved base short-sleeve cotton T-shirts and three felted cotton sweatshirts that are adorned with the playful Bananya characters. The sunlight sweatshirt and short-sleeve T-shirt display the Bananya Bunch,… . . . read more

Nike Repeats As Top Apparel Brand In Tough Year

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief US shoemaker Nike has done it again, claiming the title of the world’s most valuable apparel brand for the seventh year in a row, but the bad news is that virtually all apparel brands faced a major decline in sales and revenue. That’s according to the annual Brand Finance Apparel 50 report for 2021, which looks at the industry over the past year. And what a year it was. According to Brand Finance’s data, the total value of the top 50 most valuable brands crashed by an almost unheard of eight per cent in a single year, thanks to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing from US$ 301.9 billion in 2020 to US$276.4 billion by Jan. 1, 2021. Also, while Nike still took the crown for… . . . read more

New Brands From ‘Jeweler To The Stars’ Martin Katz

Even if you don’t know the name Martin Katz, it’s almost certain you’ve seen his work, as the designer has for more than 25 years bejeweled A-List celebrities on the Hollywood red carpet, including Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Nicole Kidman. The famous jeweler and philanthropist Martin Katz has redefined luxury lifestyle in Beverly Hills for more than three decades, garnering millions of impressions daily and adorning thousands of celebrities and notable figures worldwide with his limited-edition, couture jewelry. Now, Katz has announced a major expansion of his business with a new lifestyle brand, appointing Prominent Brand + Talent as his exclusive global brand representative. Since 1988, Katz has created international experiences that extend from the world’s finest locales to its most famous fingertips… . . . read more

Breitling Creates New Collector Watch With RAF

The acclaimed Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling, best known as the world’s leading supplier of aviation watches, has just released a watch inspired by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, better known as the Red Arrows. Breitling is also a sponsor of the Red Arrows team. The timepiece released this week in partnership with the Royal Air Force exclusively features the distinctive emblems of its celebrated aerobatic team and is produced in a limited series of 160 pieces, in tribute to each Red Arrows display pilot to have flown and served in the team since its inaugural 1965 season. Breitling has a long and storied association with aviation, combined with its world-first innovations in the functionality of the wrist chronograph, which have led to its reputation as the preferred supplier to… . . . read more

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

WORLD OF LICENSING

Retail Sales of Licensed Wearables Up in Every Territory in 2015

Wearables is a bellwether of the overall licensing business—not just due of its size, but also because it provides an outlet for so many of the industry’s most important property types…


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TLL Survey

Apparel Fuels 3.1% Growth in U.S./Canada Fashion Licensing—Global Growth Is Even Higher

For all of its challenges, the fashion licensing industry continues to post strong sales in the U.S. and abroad. Global retail sales of licensed fashion goods totaled…


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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Hermès & Apple Team Up for Next Gen of Apple Watch

The fashion-technology convergence has a new dream team…


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