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International

Kate Spade Expands in Latin America

Kate Spade & Co. will expand its cornerstone kate spade new york brand in Latin America through an exclusive distribution agreement with retailer and distributor Exclusive Brands International S. A. in 17 territories in Central and South America and the Caribbean. As a result…

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Branded Baubles a Growth Area in Fashion Licensing

They’re cute, they’re furry, and they’re branded with the name of a famous fashion designer. But, c’mon, $850 for a keychain?! That’s how much you have to shell out for one of those hot Fendi Bag Bugs—assuming, that is, your name even gets called from the long waiting list of would-be purchasers. The Fendi Bag Bug is just the poster child of the luxury tchotchke, or high-priced, fashion- branded knickknack that has become the fastest growing segment of the fashion market. Other examples: Karlitos, or mini Karl Lagerfeld-shaped keychains from Fendi: $1,700; The Hermès silk postcard and envelope: $95; The wooden dice set in alligator leather case from Burberry: $3,000 Tchotchkes increase not only revenues but a company’s brand awareness and customer base. “It enables the customer to get a… . . . read more

E-commerce

New Channel for Chanel

Bowing to the inevitable, Chanel announced that it will begin engaging in e-commerce probably by the end of 2016. The move includes three of the Métier d’Art companies owned by Chanel’s Paraffection subsidiary, including…

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Fashion

Jessica Simpson Brand Sold to Sequentia;

Sequential Brands Group has agreed to acquire a majority interest in the Jessica Simpson Collection brand, including master license rights, from Camuto Group. Although the price has not been disclosed, you can bet that it is significantly higher than the $15 million the late Vince Camuto paid for the master license in 2005…

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Mass Retail Fashion Licensing Targets Men

Very quietly and with little fanfare, mass retailer Target launched Target Collective, a curated collection of Americanmade men’s fashion products from six different designers: Billykirk (bags and accessories); Owen & Fred (soap and accessories); Taylor Stitch (casual wear); Duluth Pack (bags); Locally Grown (T-shirts and hats); and Terrapin Stationers (note cards). The collection became available exclusively on Target.com on Sunday, March 15. Product prices range from $8 for a pack of “Cool Story Bro” cards from Terrapin to $270 for a leather and canvas briefcase from Duluth Pack. Some, but not all, of the items are reportedly exclusives for Target. A Shift in Strategy The collaboration between fashion designers and mass retailers like Target is nothing new. But what make this new Target collection different—at least for Target—is that it… . . . read more

Fashion

Ralph Lauren Bucks the Buck

Conventional wisdom says that the strong dollar is making it harder to sell luxury fashion goods abroad. Or is it? Ralph Lauren reported weaker than expected third quarter earnings, but while U.S. sales flattened out, total growth in international sales revenues topped double-digits (in current currency), thanks to robust performances in both Europe and China…

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Women’s Sports Apparel

A Niche of Their Own: Touch by Alyssa Milano Is Catalyst For Fast-Growing Off-field Licensed Women’s Sportswear

Women represent the most dynamic seg- ment of the off-field sports apparel market. Women make up nearly half of all self-identified MLB fans and 44% of NFL TV viewers. More women watch the Super Bowl than the Oscars. Not surprisingly, women’s interest in sports is translating into growing sales of licensed women’s sports apparel…

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