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Merchantwise Brings Popeye Fitness Wear Down Under

Now all you need for your workout is a can of spinach.

Australia’s Merchantwise Licensing, on behalf of King Features Syndicate has brokered the first ever Australian Popeye sportswear collection with popular online sportswear label, The WOD Life.

The partners say the collection was a perfect fit for The WOD Life, who saw a strong correlation between its loyal customer base with Popeye’s strength and fun nature. The range features a number of iconic and incredibly familiar Popeye, Brutus and Olive Oyl images.

Launching this month ahead of the Australian summer season, the limited-edition range of fashionably branded Popeye sportswear apparel for women and men includes a high-waisted booty short, fleet bra, motion shorts, slash crop, flex short and printed tank.

Popeye will grace a wide range of branded sports and training accessories including a scrunchie, printed socks, an immerse headband as well as a quick dry towel and a face mask covering. The branded range also extends to training support items including wrist wraps, strength wraps, a 4-inch Velcro lifting belt as well as knee sleeves.

The WOD Life will be heavily supporting the range with a ‘Hype’ campaign pre-release followed by an early access marketing activity ahead of the launch at the end of this month, and will drive extensive marketing, digital, media and influencer outreach campaigns for the collaboration.

“For the past three years, The WOD Life has been releasing successful limited edition prints for our customers which can sell out in a matter of hours,” said The WOD Life’s Director, Ben Dineen. “Popeye is a cartoon character which our customer base would be familiar with and may have grown up watching Popeye cartoons on TV or the movie during their childhood.

“We think our customers are going to really relate to the new Popeye x TWL range and will be excited to get into their training space to show off their new style.”

Merchantwise, which brokered the deal, say they’re thrilled with the progress of the collaboration with The WOD Life.

“We are so excited by this Popeye partnership with The WOD Life,” said Merchantwise Licensing’s General Manager of Licensing, Kerryn McCormack.  “Not only is it the first time we have launched an Australian Popeye-branded sportswear collection, it is an incredibly comprehensive range featuring apparel, accessory and training support products that are sure to please both Popeye fans and The WOD Life’s extensive customer base.”

Merchantwise Licensing is a leading entertainment brand licensing and merchandising agency in Australia and New Zealand, part of the Merchantwise Group, a full-service brand agency headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices in Sydney and Paris.  The Merchantwise Group undertakes creative and digital marketing, promotions, brand licensing and extensions for some of the world’s best loved brands.

 

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