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Brizo Releases Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The Frank Lloyd Wright Bath Collection by Brizo pays tribute to Wright’s enduring influence The luxury bath and kitchen fittings company Brizo has developed a stunning new collection based on the architectural artistry of Frank Lloyd Wright. The company says it developed the line in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation, in order to pay homage to the brilliant design work of the revolutionary American architect and designer. The full bath suite is designed to reflect Lloyd Wright’s ground-breaking American style of architecture, beginning with the careful selection of materials down to the meticulous construction of every fine detail. “We have been honored to work with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as we developed and designed this collection,” said Judd Lord, Senior Director of Industrial Design. “Their dedication to create and… . . . read more

Helinox Collab With Pop Superstars BTS

Helinox, a Korean company that first designed many of the portable furniture items we now see at sporting events, concerts, parks and campsites, is dropping its second collaboration with pop supergroup BTS. So popular that their fans are known as the BTS Army, the Korean boy band has worked with Helinox to release a completely new line of tents, chairs, pop-up table, and other accessories for the outdoors. “We’re honored to be working with BTS and this collaboration is ultimately about demonstrating that gathering and enjoying the outdoors mean many things to many different people,” said Young Lah, Global CEO of Helinox. “As a brand, we want to give people the ability to fully enjoy the outdoor lifestyle on their terms, and find comfort regardless of whether that’s at a… . . . read more

SpongeBob Says “I’m Ready!” For Fanattik Partnership

The world’s most popular sponge is heading for Europe this summer, as pop culture company Fanattik signed a licensing deal for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants franchise. The deal, signed with ViacomCBS Consumer Products, will allow Fanattik to create SpongeBob-themed home decor, gifts, collectibles, and barware. The collection is expected to hit the European market beginning in September. Fanattik managing director Anthony Marks said the company is understandably thrilled to bring the world’s most popular TV cartoon character to the continent. “An internationally beloved and timeless brand, SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most watched programmes in the world with 100 million global viewers monthly and a feature film on the way in 2021,” Marks said. “This was a brand the whole team wanted to have in the Fanattik portfolio.” Fanattik has received… . . . read more

Iconix Plans To Go Private After Controversial Acquisition Deal

Iconix Brand Group, Inc., which owns several well known brands such as Joe Boxer, Buffalo Jeans, Mossimo and London Fog, among several others, will become a private company after the board accepted an acquisition offer from Lancer Capital LLC. However, two major law firms have announced they are launching investigations into the deal on behalf of shareholders, with one saying the price tag is well under the true value of the company. Iconix has been trading on Nasdaq under the symbol ICON, but said in a statement it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to be acquired by Iconix Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Lancer Capital, LLC (“Purchaser”), in an all-cash transaction that values Iconix at approximately $585 million, including net-debt. “Today’s announcement represents the culmination of… . . . read more

New Launches From Jewel For Black History Month

Jewel Branding & Licensing (JBL) is celebrating Black History Month by launching several new projects and highlighting some of their most talented designers, illustrators, influencers and TV personalities.  The company says it’s “proud to highlight the designers and artists of color in their portfolio, including illustrators and influencers Kendra Dandy of Bouffants & Broken Hearts, and Jessi Raulet of EttaVee, as well as celebrity interior designer and TV personality, Nikki Chu.” For their limited edition artist series, Athleta (part of Gap Inc.) joined forces with artist and designer Kendra Dandy on a fun collection of masks and t-shirts. Dandy’s art is featured on the home page of Walmart.com in celebration of Black History Month. American Greetings has also partnered with Kendra to launch an endcap collection of greeting cards slated for release at… . . . read more

US Army Inks Licensing Deal With The Fan Brand

So, would you like that lampshade in camo? It’s a fair question, as the US Army became the first branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to execute a license agreement with The Fan-Brand to develop and sell officially licensed lighted wall signs, pool table lights and an assortment of wall décor products bearing the U.S. Army’s iconic logo and colors. Beanstalk, the US Army’s official global brand extension licensing agency, brokered the agreement.  “I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to welcome the U.S. Army as the first military branch in our family of licensed brands,” says Harrison Grimm, Founder & CEO of The Fan-Brand. “We are honored that the U.S. Army has selected us as a licensee and will strive to deliver products that our service men and… . . . read more

The Gap Rolls Out New Home Products Brand

The Gap is now getting into home fashion, after signing a license for soft home merchandise with Al-Karam Textile Mills of Pakistan. The Gap says the collection will include bedding, bath and decorative accessories for adults, kids, teen and babies. Al-Karam’s license covers North America only for now, and the first Gap Home Collection is scheduled for release in mid-2021. The first Gap Home collection will be available in summer 2021 both online and in The Gap’s brick-and-mortar outlets. The Gap Home collection was announced early this year when The Gap Inc. said it would be seeking home fashion licenses for several of its brands, including Gap, Janie and Jack, and Banana Republic. Gap Inc. also announced a deal with licensing firm IMG that would see the agency helping the company… . . . read more

Domestics & Stationery

Living Coral: 2019 NSS, NY Now & Surtex Edition

Conscientious, Organized, Retro, and Animated Living—From the floor of the 2019 National Stationery Show (NSS), Retail Renaissance NY Now, and Surtex, TLL brings you the latest in home, stationery, and surface design…


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LICENSED HOME

Licensed Home-related Goods Up 3.4% WW in 2016

Retail sales of licensed home furnishings, housewares, and domestics grew by 3.4% globally. In the U.S./Canada…


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Chinese Housing Boom Propels Licensed Home Sales

The Chinese real estate market continues to grow into 2017, despite government measures. The winner? Licensed home furnishings, housewares, and domestics…


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