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Timberland Signs New Sock and Accessories License With Global Brands Group

In MR News by Stephen Garner
April 21, 2017

Global Brands Group Holding Limited has announced a multi-year licensing agreement with outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland, covering men’s and women’s socks, soft accessories, and cold weather accessories.

As part of the agreement, Global Brands will design, produce and distribute men’s and women’s socks, baseball caps, felt and straw caps, leather gloves, printed lightweight and woven scarves, and cold weather accessories under the Timberland brand name. The first season to launch under Global Brands’ direction will be available in spring 2018.

“At Timberland, we take great pride in designing products with style and purpose, never compromising quality, to meet the needs of our global consumer,” said Katherine Cousins, vice president of Licensing and Accessories of Timberland. “Global Brands shares these values while delivering on our highest standards. We are excited about the growth opportunities and our partnership.”

Timberland is one of the world’s most iconic outdoor lifestyle brands and we look forward to maximizing the potential of the partnership through utilizing our deep retail relationships and global distribution capabilities,” commented Jarrod Kahn, president of Accessories and Home at Global Brands Group Holding Limited.

“With strong global appeal, Timberland is a perfect addition to our growing portfolio of prominent consumer brands,” added Jason Rabin, president of North America and chief merchandising officer, Global Brands Group Holding Limited. “We see significant opportunity to grow the brand in these categories, leveraging our extensive expertise and global network.”

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Geoffrey Been Announces Licnesing Agreement with PS Brand, LLC For Men’s Hosiery and Men’s Slippers

Publish Date: June, 2015 York, NY (June, 2015) — Geoffrey Beene, LLC has signed a multi-year license agreement with PS Brands, LLC for men’s socks and men’s slippers under the Geoffrey Beene label. The new licensee will add to the brand’s ever expanding portfolio of licensees and complement the existing Geoffrey Beene product categories. The Territory includes the USA and Canada. Initial deliveries are slated for Spring 2016 for hosiery and Fall 2015 for slippers.

Tom Hutton, President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene LLC, and President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, stated, “We are pleased that PS Brands, LLC has joined Geoffrey Beene’s growing licensing portfolio. With PS Brands strong retail relationships, design and sales team, as well as expertise in both product development and sourcing, we are confident that they will continue to grow and enhance the Geoffrey Beene brand.

Merle Sloss, Executive Vice President and President of Licensing for Geoffrey Beene, noted “that both the hosiery and slippers will be positioned for today’s economic environment as an affordable and accessible priced designer brand. The new collection will follow along with the Geoffrey Beene heritage and design aesthetics with signature Beene detail that will differentiate Geoffrey Beene from the market place.”
The Spring 2016 hosiery collection will feature innovative fabrics, technical features, infusion of both fashion and core styling, Geoffrey Beene signature details, as well as will feature the new branding and marketing elements of the Geoffrey Beene brand. The Geoffrey Beene slipper program for Fall 2015 will incorporate menswear patterns which include checks, herringbone, glen plaids, and pin stripe. The slipper assortment will focus on indoor and outdoor wear as well focus on comfort and style.

PS Brands, LLC; President & CEO, Elie Levy said, “Geoffrey Beene was a legendary designer. His brand remains as iconic and relevant as ever. It has heritage and classic design elements that relate to a wide cross section of our customer base. We are excited to partner with the team to grow the sock and slipper business.

Geoffrey Beene, LLC and Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® (GBGB)
Under its Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® philanthropic program established by Tom Hutton, President and CEO, 100% of Net Profits of Geoffrey Beene, LLC fund critical causes that to date, together with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, totals more than $177 million in value, including over $144 million in funding to the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Other charitable causes include Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, Protection of Women and Children, Veterans Support, Educational Scholarships, and Animal Welfare.
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Quiksilver Announces Additional Licensing Agreements

Publish Date: July 10, 2014


Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) today announced that it has entered into licensing agreements for several product categories, including Roxy young girls and children’s apparel, watches and socks/legwear, as well as other product categories including luggage, beach towels and surfboards.

“Our product licensing team has done an excellent job of partnering with industry leaders that have the size, scale and expertise to help us grow these businesses,” said Andy Mooney, chief executive officer of Quiksilver, Inc. “These agreements cover large geographic markets and, importantly, dovetail with our profit improvement plan by significantly reducing product styles for our design team and supply chain. We expect our license agreements to lower operating costs and inventory levels.”

The company has entered into an exclusive international licensing agreement with Planet Sox (PS Brands, LLC), a leading global designer, maker and distributor of socks and legwear. Planet Sox will design, manufacture and market socks in all size ranges for the Quiksilver, Roxy and DC brands in North America beginning with the Holiday 2014 season, and international sales following in Spring 2015.

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Planet Sox Licensed for Ike Behar Socks

Source: MRketplace
Published Date: August 14, 2013

NEW YORK—Ike Behar has licensed PS Brands/Planet Sox for men’s dress socks in the U.S. and Canada. The first socks will be in stores by March 2014 and full collection will follow for fall 2014.

Ike Behar president Alan Behar commented, “While Ike Behar is best known for the heritage of fine dress shirts and coordinating neckwear, our goal continues to be to present the totality of the Ike Behar brand as a full collection of dress furnishings, tailored clothing, sportswear and accessories. This agreement moves us one step further. Planet Sox has an enviable position as one of the world’s largest makers of hosiery for the entire family. This fine company enhances our total brand and we look forward to growing this fashion accessory category with their very capable team.”

Plant Sox CEO Elie Levy added, “For over fifty years, Ike Behar has been bringing design excellence to men’s furnishings. With fashion socks becoming a wardrobe staple, we feel it is the perfect time to forge an alliance with this iconic designer.”

PS Brands/Planet Sox is a designer and manufacturer of private label and branded socks. Its licensed brands include Fila, Esprit, Kensie, Hind, Disney and Sport Essentials. PS Brands was founded in 1994. The company announced a new license for Head socks earlier this month.

Head Licenses PS Brands for Socks

Source: MRketplace
Published Date: August 2, 2013

NEW YORK—PS Brands/Planet Sox has been licensed by Head Sport GmbH for Head brand socks in North America. The multi-year license covers sport, tennis and performance socks and will be in stores by February 2014.

“PS Brands is the perfect group to manage the growth of the iconic Head brand socks back into the market,” said Head Sport EVP Georg Kroell. “The company is a true leader in the sock category, and we see a very positive future in this new partnership.”

PS Brands CEO Elie Levy added, “Historically, the Head brand has always been dedicated to creating high-performance products. We look forward to continuing that trend with our Head sock products. We are excited to maximize on the brand’s heritage, continue the current momentum in the marketplace and grow this new category.”

Head, best known for its tennis and ski businesses, started in Baltimore in 1950. Founded by aeronautical engineer Howard Head, the company first focused on bringing new metal and plastic technology to downhill ski design. In the 1960s, Head started a tennis division based around aluminum-frame racquets. Head Sport GmbH is based in Austria.

PS Brands/Planet Sox is a designer and manufacturer of private label and branded socks. Its licensed brands include Fila, Esprit, Kensie, Hind, Disney and Sport Essentials. PS Brands was founded in 1994.

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PS Brands Signs Elite Soccer Teams License for Socks and Sweat Bands.

Source: PR News Wire
Published Date: December 5, 2012

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with historians venturing a guess that it has been around for over 3,000 years. Even Americans have come to love the game. And if you follow it closely, you know that European Soccer is in a class by itself.

Getting into the game, Planet Sox has signed a licensing deal with One Entertainment, encompassing four of the most popular Euro Soccer teams, including Manchester United, Junventus, FC Barcelona and Arsenal. The company will be focusing on all size ranges of socks, from infant through Men’s and in addition to socks will offer pre-walkers for infants. They also plan to offer a line of head and wrist band, with team logos. Distribution will include the USA and Canada.

“Soccer has seen an enormous growth curve in the past two decades and we’re excited to bring our design and product expertise to a collection of Euro Soccer socks. The timing could not be better for a launch of these products, as Soccer continues to move to the forefront of team sports in the U.S.,” said Elie Levy, President and CEO of PS Brands/Planet Sox.

The collections will be available starting in Spring 2013 in Department Stores, Specialty Stores, Mid tier and Mass accounts.

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Top 100 PS Studio/Planet Sox

Published Date: November, 2012

Planet Sox has been exceeding expectations since 1994, when Elie Levy started the business. This year, the company is poised to ship approximately 350 million pairs of socks, with growth coming from both domestic and global markets (international sales grew 200% within the past three years).

Planet Sox stays a step ahead with a New York-based in-house design department, production specialists and a sales and planning team, not to mention a team dedicated to top level merchandising and shopping Europe and Asia on a monthly basis. A fully staffed office in Asia focuses on quality control, sourcing and on-time shipping.

From private label programs to licensed characters and brands, from newborn to adult, Planet Sox is onestop sock shopping.

Two new divisions were introduced in 2012. PS Studio—headed by Susan Spindell—houses better brands and products, including the new Kensie women’s legwear line, launched for Fall 2012 and placed by Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Von Maur, and several specialty store and Internet sites. PS Baby—headed by Pat Krellen—focuses on an explosive growth category for the company.

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Planet Sox Layers in PS Studio Division for Higher End Legwear

Published Date: June 22, 2012

New York—Elie Levy, president, ceo and founder of Planet Sox, likes to say there just about isn’t any retail channel his legwear company doesn’t sell. And that’s truer than ever with the company’s recent launch of PS Studio, a division dedicated to the “better tier” of retail distribution.

“We recognized that our design team had the ability to create product for a previously unexplored tier of distribution,” Levy says. “We were able to find voids for fashion in men’s, women’s and kids categories that were not being addressed by the major brands.”

Searching for More Brands, Licenses 

The division is headed by Susan Spindell, an industry veteran with experience at American Essentials and Hot Sox. The PS Studio division contains the recently launched Kensie legwear brand, along with the design-driven “PS Studio” brand. Both brands have been placed in major department stores, including Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’ and Von Maur, for Fall.

Levy and his team say they are out kicking tires–looking to add to the company’s already long list of licensed brands, including sport brands such as Fila and Hind, to fashion brands, such as Esprit and Mac & Jac.

We’ve built a solid foundation since starting the company in 1994, and we’re always looking for brands and licenses that will help continue our growth,” Levy says. “We launched our new division because–contrary to the recessionary times we live in–there is always room for great product at competitive pricepoints. We just keep searching for the voids and find the products to fill them.”

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PS Brands Gets Hind License for Socks

Source: Body Magazine
Published Date: March 6, 2012

Collective Licensing International, LLC, announced a new multi-year agreement with U.S-based PS Brands for the company to license Hind performance socks in the North American market. The Hind performance sock collection is expected to be available this summer at various retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

“PS Brands is the perfect group to help us bring the Hind brand back into the performance sock market,” said Bruce Pettet, CEO of Collective Licensing, the company that owns the Hind brand. “The company is a true leader in the sock category, and we see a very positive future in this new partnership.”

“Historically, the Hind brand has always been dedicated to creating high-performance products,” said Elie Levy, CEO of PS Brands. “We look forward to continuing that trend with our sock products. We are excited to maximize on the brand’s current momentum in the marketplace and grow this new category.”

Founded in 1974, Hind is a leading performance brand created to maximize the potential of the individual athlete. Originally focused on competition and active swim apparel, the brand has since expanded into running, cycling, outerwear and fitness apparel for both the male and female athlete. Footwear is expected soon.

Founded in 1994, PS Brands is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of private label, branded and character family socks and related accessories. Its products are distributed to more than 100,000 stores worldwide.

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Kensie to Launch Socks and Hosiery

Published Date: January 4, 2012 by Lauren Parker

New York–Kensie KMJ Holdings, a division of Bluestar Alliance, and PS Brands have inked a sock and hosiery licensing deal for the Kensie and Mac & Jac brands in the United States and Canada. The line—produced under PS Studio, the better market division of PS Brands—will hit department and better specialty chain stores this month.

Kensie has built its success targeting young contemporary women and the sock and hosiery lines will follow suit. The licenses will “expand on the cutting-edge and feminine aesthetics of the brand while keeping true to the brand’s mantra to ‘Make Pretty,’” said the company.

“Kensie is a fashion forward brand that resonates with the stylish customer. Its image and focus is what excites us about this brand,” says Elie Levy, PS Brands/Planet Sox’ ceo.

PS Brands, LLC, is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of private label, branded and character family socks and related accessories, started in 1994 with their proprietary brands; Candy Girl and Planet Sox. The brand licenses include Disney, Nickelodeon, Fila, Esprit, Coleman and Southpole, Pro Player, Hind and many more.

Susan Spindell, manager of PS Studio, adds: “We are thrilled to join forces with Kensie®, as we love their contemporary approach to women’s fashion. Their collections call out for great legwear, so we will truly complement each other.”

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PEI Licensing, Inc. Announces Agreement with PS Brands for Pro Player® Socks

Source: Business Wire
Published: October 28 2011

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PEI Licensing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ: PERY), announced today that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with PS Brands, LLC to manufacture, design and distribute athletic sport socks and casual socks for ladies, men, boys, and girls under the Pro Player and P2 brand names, for distribution in the United States and Canada.

“Pro Player has an excellent reputation in apparel for quality products and we are excited to maximize on the brand’s momentum,” commented Elie Levy, CEO of PS Brands/ Planet Sox.

Product will begin to ship in November and will be available within the current Pro Player channels of distribution.

“We are very excited about the continued expansion into new product categories for our diversified portfolio of brands. PS Brands is a strong business partner and an industry leader in the sock category. We look forward to a successful and expanding business partnership,” stated Oscar Feldenkreis, President and COO of Perry Ellis International.