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Worldwide Licensing Retail Sales Hit $241.5B: Study

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New York—The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announces the results of its first-ever LIMA Annual Global Licensing Study, quantifying worldwide royalty rates and accompanying retail sales. According to the report, retail sales for products bearing the trademarked names and likenesses of cartoon characters, corporate logos and brands, major sports …

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Xcel Brands Acquires H by Halston & H Halston Brands

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New York–Xcel Brands, the omnichannel brand management company, continues to be in acquisition mode for designer brands. The latest addition includes two brands, H by Halston
and H Halston, from Halston’s intellectual property holding company for
approximately $27.7 million in a combination of cash, stock and
warrants. The seller’s parent company, House of …

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Fam Brands/Bally Total Fitness Signs Licensee for Fitness Monitoring, Wearable Tech

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Commerce, CA—FAM Brands has been aggressively signing licensees for its fitness brands. The latest related to one of the hottest categories at retail: wearable technology. Last month, Sakar International became the latest licensee to ink a deal with FAM’s Bally Total Fitness brand for wearable technology, fitness monitoring and electronic …

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Pendleton Partners with Ricardo Beverly Hills on Luggage

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Portland, OR—Pendleton Woolen Mills, an iconic American lifestyle brand, has partnered with Ricardo Beverly Hills, one of the largest luggage companies in America, under a licensing agreement for the Pendleton brand. The new Pendleton Luggage Collection will feature the company’s exclusive patterns printed on Ricardo’s softside and hardside luggage, with …

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Catherine Deneuve, Marcolin Reaffirm Licensing Agreement

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Longarone (Belluno), Italy—French beauty and film star Mlle Catherine Deneuve inked a renewal with Marcolin Group for the her licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Catherine Deneuve Lunettes optical frames and sunglasses. Initially launched through a licensing partnership with Viva International in 1989, this new multiyear …