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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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Home

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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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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RETAIL TRENDS

Lady Gaga and Elton John Become the Latest to Launch a Macy’s Exclusive

Limited-edition celebrity lines are an old hat for Macy’s. But here are some different celebrities (hint: not named Donald Trump) finding a home for their exclusive product lines at Macy’s…


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CELEBRITY LICENSING

Is Rachael Ray the Next Big Celebrity Lifestyle Brand?

Rachael Ray seeks to parlay her cooking cred into a lifestyle brand that reaches beyond the kitchen and into every room of the house…


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CORPORATE LICENSING

Pantones Colors Fashion, Décor Pink and Blue

Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, will likely be closely watched by the design and fashion industries as the tipoff to a trend that could spread through product categories for several years…


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