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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.”

BCBG Strikes Licensing Deal With Global Brands Group

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BCBG Strikes Licensing Deal With Global Brands Group

The deal includes licenses on the BCBG Max Azria and BCBGeneration brands.
WWD on April 6, 2017
By Kari Hamanaka

Management at BCBG Max Azria Group LLC  has made good on its word to tap new revenue streams for the business.

The Los Angeles fashion company approved a licensing agreement struck at the end of March with licensing firm Global Brands Group as management looks to source new revenue streams for the business.

The deal with GBG includes global rights, except in the Republic of Korea, footwear, belts, socks, legwear, jewelry and home for the BCBG Max Azria and BCBGeneration brands. The deal also includes a footwear license for BCBG Paris.

BCBG joins a portfolio of brands GBG has license to including Calvin Klein, Under Armour, Juicy Couture, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole and Jones New York.


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Bluestar, Bebe Outline Plans for Growth

Jul 25, 2016
By License! Global

Following their recently formed joint venture, Bebe Stores and Bluestar Alliance have detailed their plans for the long-term growth and evolution of the Bebe brand, with licensing a central component of that strategy.

The joint venture has already secured a number of new licensees including GBG USA for sportswear and denim, Mamiye Brothers for children’s apparel, PPI Apparel Group for intimates, Accutime Watch for watches, GBG Socks | Planet Sox for socks, Nyam for handbags, American Traveler for luggage, Haskel Jewels for jewelry and Miworld Accessories for travel accessories. The new products are slated to hit department stores next year. Categories such as dresses, activewear, outerwear and cold weather accessories are currently under negotiation.

The joint venture will also aim to expand Bebe’s presence internationally. Bebe is already established in the Middle East, and the joint venture will expand its retail footprint to Central and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, as well as licensing deals in those regions for new product categories.

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Global Brands Extends its Capabilities in Accessories with Acquisition of PS Brands

Publish Date: November, 2015

GBG_MOMA_FINAL2.46Hong Kong, 6 November, 2015 – Global Brands Group Holding Limited (“Global Brands”; SEHK Stock Code: 787), one of the world’s leading branded apparel, footwear, fashion accessories and lifestyle product companies, today announced its subsidiary has acquired substantially all of the assets of PS Brands, LLC, doing business as Planet Sox, a leader in designing, marketing and distributing hosiery products across multiple categories, including socks, legwear, baby shoes and related accessories. The acquired business will be a core addition to Global Brands’ accessories business.

Planet Sox manages a wide range of licensed brands, from entertainment characters and active lifestyle, to ladies’ fashion and men’s fashion. Its portfolio of licenses includes Disney, Nickelodeon, Hasbro, Fila, Head Sport, Funky Socks, Kate Spade, Nanette Lapore, and Kensie. Its products are available at multiple channels of distribution, including mid-tier and better department stores, mass stores, athletic footwear chains, specialty stores and off-price retailers.

Elie Levy, founder, will continue to run the business as President of GBG Socks, LLC, Planet Sox.

Dow Famulak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Brands Group Holding Limited, said, “This acquisition extends our capability to offer character, lifestyle, fashion, sport and private label legwear. It is a step in further enhancing Global Brands’ competitive strength in accessories.”

Bruce Rockowitz, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Global Brands Group Holding Limited, said, “The transaction represents a natural extension of our growth platform and aligns well with our strategy to focus on Global Brands’ core product categories. We are excited about the opportunities we can leverage to further grow not only our accessories business but also across our entire portfolio of brands.”

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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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PS Brands Partners with Samsonite for High Sierra Socks

Source: License Global!
Published Date: Dec 2, 2013

Samsonite IP Holdings S.à r.l. has authorized Samsonite LLC to sign a new multi-year license agreement with U.S-based PS Brands for the company to produce High Sierra casual, outdoor and performance socks in the North American market. The High Sierra 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 High Sierra brand to the marketplace,” said Dawn Sicco, VP and General Manager of High Sierra. “The company is a true leader in the sock category, with a respected management team and strong retail relationships and we see a very positive future in this new partnership.”

“Historically, the High Sierra brand is synonymous with outdoor products and has always been dedicated to creating high-performance backpacks and luggage,” 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.”

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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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Planet Sox Steps in to Soccer

Source: Soccer Clubs
Published Date: May, 2013

A distinctly dynamic and entrepreneurial company established in 1994, Planet Sox is the market leader for licensed socks in the United States—no small feat. Their signature sock designs combine bold color and creativity, providing unparalleled collections that appeal to a wide variety of consumers across all walks of life. Their new soccer collection is sure to be a shoe-in for soccer fans and is set to launch this summer.

The charismatic New York-based company has been reinventing the hosiery segment for almost two decades. Planet Sox’ comfortable and eclectic collections introduce fun, elegant, and creative designs through thousands of diverse products for consumers of all ages.

Planet Sox’ newest venture has led them to the world of soccer, thanks to a new licensing agreement with Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Arsenal, in the U.S. and Canada. “Soccer has seen an enormous growth curve in the past decade and we’re excited to bring our design and product expertise to a collection of Euro Soccer socks,” Elie Levy, President and CEO of PS Brands/ Planet Sox, said. “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.”

Dozens of lively looks have been developed, leveraging the sports heritage of the prestigious soccer teams with the growing segment of stylish sports hosiery. The long awaited collections will be available in department and specialty stores, as well as at mid-tier and mass accounts starting this summer. Mix and match with Planet Sox!

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Sox Invasion

Published Date: December, 2012

Planet Sox takes over the footwear space with its new baby division.

ELIE LEVY founded Planet Sox in 1994 to fill the voids he saw in the market, and the company continues this mission today as it adds Planet Sox Baby to its line up. “By giving [infant/toddler] its own division, we will give it the attention it deserves because of the vast opportunity [in the segment],” says Susan Spindell, sales manager at Planet Sox. And to head the new division, Planet Sox enlisted infant footwear expert Pat Krellen. Planet Sox Baby features shoes and socks in newborn sizes 0 to 24 months in all styles, from fashionable to functional, in categories ranging from sneakers and rain boots to dress and casual. The division also includes Lil Runners, which has a Patent Pending design that combines a shoe-sole bottom with a sock top, and high-end brand Pepi Bambini.

In its design and style, Krellen says that Planet Sox Baby strives”to be [the] innovator and leader” of the market. She notes the line’s color and quality as two stand-out characteristics.For spring, she notes it’s all about channeling the performance athletic look. “Buyers are reacting really well to the line,” she adds. “It’s a combination of the right price points with innovative fashion, color and packaging.”

Jodi Manning, director of design and merchandising, who names neons, pastels, and cobalt hues as popular spring colors, notes that Planet Sox Baby creates a one-stop shopping experience. “For infants, we can give [customers] socks, tights and crib shoes, while in the past they would have had to go to different vendors for that selection,” she says. Licenses for Planet Sox Baby include Fila, Pro Player, South Pole, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Besides the Planet Sox Baby division, the company also offers other children’s footwear, including Candy Girl, Planet Sox Kids, Planet Sox Sport and Sport Essentials, as well as licensed labels such as Esprit. “We want to make sure that everybody’s covered,” Manning says, adding that “no two kids are alike.”

Manning says spring trends for girls include glitter and “bling” (“the more bling the better”), color blocking, sweeter skulls with hearts for eyes, and sport details inspired by dance, cheer and soccer. “I think we’re a little more focused this year [for spring]. We’re trying to concentrate more on the trends and graphics,” she says. “Everyone seems excited and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback.”

Beyond this upcoming spring season, Manning and Spindell both expect Planet Sox to continue with its reputation of quality and expansion. “I think that we’re going to continue this tremendous growth curve that we’ve been on and keep ahead of the game,” Spindell says. “Whatever that upcoming trend is, wherever business is headed, we’ll be there for the long haul with product design analysis and continue to partner the way we have since 1994.” – MB