Isaac Mizrahi Inks Headwear License with Dorfman Pacific

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New York and Stockton, CA—The Isaac Mizrahi New York brand continues to expand its licensing base with an agreement with Dorfman Pacific to create a headwear collection.

“Dorfman Pacific’s new licensing agreement with Xcel Brands, Inc. to produce headwear under the Isaac Mizrahi New York name is a perfect example of two market leaders coming together to achieve outstanding results,” said Douglas Highsmith, Dorfman Pacific’s president/ceo, as he announced an agreement that will encompass collections for every season of the year.

The debut collection of Isaac Mizrahi New York headwear will be available to retailers beginning in second quarter of 2013. “With Isaac Mizrahi positioned as an indisputable leader in women’s fashion design, and Dorfman Pacific synonymous with the very best in headwear, we expect to see outstanding results from what is by any standards an exciting new partnership,” Highsmith said. “The addition of Isaac Mizrahi New York to the Dorfman Pacific roster rounds out and brings new luster to our offering of women’s hats.”

Robert D’Loren, chairman/ceo of Xcel Brands, Inc., Mizrahi’s parent, agreed. “I am very excited to partner with Dorfman Pacific to launch our hat collection,” he said. “This license is a great addition to our accessories business.”

The new Isaac Mizrahi New York headwear collection will meld important trends in silhouettes and colors with essentially classic and timeless designs to achieve the quintessential Mizrahi look beloved by women everywhere.

Designs will incorporate all key materials and fabrics such as wool felt, cotton, raffia, paper braid, natural and man-made blends and more. The collection’s debut in stores is set for Spring/Summer 2013 with a core collection in the $39 to $59 retail price range, including New York-inspired designs featuring sun-defeating big-brimmed silhouettes and pinch-front, longer-brimmed fedoras. The premium Derby Collection, comprised both of dramatic big-brimmed hats and fascinators, will retail in the $69 to $89 range.

“One of the most fun things a woman can do is buy a hat,” said Isaac Mizrahi himself, creative director at Xcel Brands, Inc. “It not only adds to the look but it frames her face and gives distinction to the clothes she wears. It’s the ultimate accessory.” Since acquiring Isaac Mizrahi New York in 2011, Xcel Brands has been expanding into a range of categories, signing licenses with Fisher Footwear, Accessory Exchange (handbags), M.Z Berger (watches), B. Robinson (sunwear/eyewear), Zeikos Brands (tech accessories), etc.

Dorfman Pacific is the largest comprehensive in-stock headwear company in the world, selling men’s, women’s and children’s headwear and accessories to retailers around the globe from its state-of-the-art 300,000+ square foot facility in Stockton, California. The company offers looks in the newest trends as well as traditional classics, and incorporates into its products all key materials for every season and occasion. Dorfman Pacific’s house brand is Scala — and in addition to that widely-recognized name the company has an impressive roster of more than 20 licensed and acquired brands such as Tommy Bahama, Stetson, Cloth Caps & Hats, Callanan, Cappelli Straworld, Inc. and Woolrich.

Xcel Brands, Inc., which acquired Isaac Mizrahi New York in 2011, engages in the acquisition, design, licensing, and marketing of consumer brands. Xcel’s management team has a proven track record for successfully completing multiple similar acquisitions. Xcel seeks to acquire brands that it can utilize in an omni channel sales strategy with a focus on identifying designers or celebrities with personalities that connect directly with consumers through social and other media.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for almost 30 years. Since his first collection in 1987, Mr. Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan style. He has been awarded four CFDA awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” In December 2009, Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC. In addition, television audiences have come to value Isaac’s media presence through his roles on “Project Runway All Stars” for Lifetime, “The Fashion Show” for Bravo and his own series for both Oxygen and the Style Network.