Archive | House and home

Bitten by the Pest-Control Bug

A handful of licensors have extended their names into pest prevention and control, with at least three new deals signed this year: In May, Black + Decker and its agent Beanstalk signed CYA Trading for a line of ultrasonic indoor pest control products. In February, The Royal Horticultural Society teamed with Agralan on a collection […]

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Now We’re Cooking

The kitchen housewares and tabletop industry has in recent months been the focus of a number of retail-exclusive product lines that involve licensed properties. This type of partnership has been going on for years, but the frequency seems to be on the rise of late. The following have debuted since mid-2018: Chrissy Teigen and Target […]

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A Lifestyle Inspired by History

Contemporary-plus-vintage lifestyle and home goods labels have recently been expanding their names into adjacent categories. Often, these brands have roots as interior design and/or retail businesses that highlight current trends paired with antiques, vintage pieces, shabby-chic items, and flea market finds. Brand-extension efforts focus on home décor and other categories, with a look and feel […]

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From Dresses To Drapes

For fashion labels, the home goods category is a natural—albeit sometimes challenging—area of interest for brand extension. Recent deals involve a range of demographics and price points, as well as a mix of retailers and manufacturers serving as licensees: Lululemon teamed with PBTeen for an exclusive capsule collection of home goods tied to Lululemon’s athletic […]

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A Tasting Menu of Chef-Related Deals

The landscape for chef-based licensed products is among the most crowded of all celebrity-licensing segments. A wealth of chefs who have gained fame through restaurants, cookbooks, instructional TV cooking shows, and competitive cooking reality series have extended their brands, and others are entering the fray. This segment can be challenging. New licensors are trying to […]

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Sweet (?) Smell of Success

Long gone are the days when scented candles and home fragrances would fill a room solely with traditional aromas such as vanilla, lavender, strawberries, and sea breezes. Back in 2014, the distinct smell of foods, from a few rare instances of bacon to a wide range of baked goods, started taking hold in the industry, […]

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Heading Home

The International Home and Housewares Show, held in Chicago this month, is always a good time to take stock of licensing deals involving house and home. A sampling of initiatives announced at the show or in the weeks leading up to it illustrate the breadth of licensing in this segment: Gibson Overseas is debuting a […]

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Decorating in Stone, Ceramic, and Glass

In October, The Tile Shop, a specialty retailer of natural and manufactured stone tiles, announced that it would be the exclusive U.S. distributor for Ted Baker-branded tiles. British Ceramic Tile has been the licensee for the U.K.-based designer’s tile range since 2015. The Tile Shop carries the floor and wall tiles in its 120 showrooms […]

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At Home, Watching TV

A number of recent and ongoing home-goods product lines have been built around actors who made their names as secondary characters, or as members of an ensemble cast, on a TV show. Most of the series are no longer on the air. In many cases, these personalities have little obvious connection to home furnishings and […]

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