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Sportswear Brands Still Competing in Asian Esports

COVID-19 has had a big impact on global esports revenues. Newzoo predicted in July 2020 that revenues for the esports industry worldwide would increase by 1.7% this year, compared to growth of 23.3% year-on-year in 2019. Sales of esports merchandise and tickets—Newzoo tracks the two revenue streams as one segment of the total industry—will take […]

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Surviving the Blast

The ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut on August 4, which killed more than 200, turned 300,000 people homeless, and damaged and destroyed businesses throughout the city, occurred close to the shopping and arts district. This is an area where luxury designer shops and the headquarters of many creative companies, including fashion designers—of which the city […]

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Honoring Indigenous Artists

Indigenous artists from around the world have been at the core of several recent initiatives in the worlds of licensing, collaboration, fashion, and retail. Some announcements in the past couple of months have included: Last week’s debut of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards in Australia, developed by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation. Nominations included […]

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Russian Properties Reach Out

The global expansion of children’s animation properties originating in Russia continues in 2020, with a growing number of distribution, consumer product, and licensing representation deals announced since January. There has been a particular flurry of activity in April and especially May: 0+ Media signed Maurizio Distefano Licensing as its rep for Leo and Tig in […]

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Piece of Cake

U.K.-based celebrity chefs, cooking show presenters, and especially bakers have been at the center of a number of licensing, collaboration, and representation deals, and/or new products or promotions, over the past few weeks: Jane Devonshire, a past MasterChef winner who is known for her gluten-free cooking and cookbooks, retained Start Licensing as her agent for […]

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Kid Stuff

At Toy Fair New York in February, one of the trends was the large number of influencers signing toy deals. Most of the celebrities associated with the products on display there were young adults whose content appealed to children or collectors. More recently, a raft of agency representation and toy-centric licensing agreements have been focused […]

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Garden Products In Bloom

Botanical and public display gardens have long had licensing programs in place. Some have been actively extending their brands and imagery for at least two to three decades, and in many cases their merchandise efforts have been on the rise in recent years. Their brands are well-positioned in the current landscape, given consumers’ growing interest […]

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North Stars

Nordic design always plays an important role in the global lifestyle landscape. Like all evergreen design themes, however, the trend waxes and wanes over time. At the moment, Nordic design and lifestyle properties—especially those hailing from Finland—certainly seem to be on the upswing, especially when it comes to licensing and collaboration: Marimekko has been putting […]

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The Noble Art of Licensing

Much has been written about the plans of Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to become financially independent. One step along the way has been a trademark application for the brand Sussex Royal in six categories (including clothing and printed matter), through the couple’s charitable foundation. Applications have been made in both […]

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