Archive | Lifestyle

Welcome To Summer

Summer is here, and so are announcements of summer-specific licensed and collaborative products for use at the beach or pool (or in the back yard). These represent an evergreen category, with new offerings across an increasingly varied range of properties coming to light each year. But the IPs that make the most sense are those […]

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Bingeing on a TV-Based Lifestyle

Lifestyle collaborations involving adult-skewing TV properties featuring a strong sense of place and time, from The Good Wife to Downton Abbey, have long had a presence in the licensing business and at retail. Over the years, the technique has evolved from occasional one-off collections to broader programs covering a variety of categories, with multiple drops […]

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Worked Up About Workwear

Fashion watchers keeping an eye on what’s happening on the runways have highlighted workwear as a notable trend in this year’s fall and winter collections. The segment long ago expanded beyond traditional workwear purchasers. Starting in the late 1980s, workwear became associated with rap, street, and skate culture. Celebrities began wearing workwear and posting the […]

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New Cooks in the Kitchen

As more actors and actresses dip their toes into the foodie space with cookbooks, food-based TV series, and other related content, they are increasingly lending their names, or their proprietary brands, to products for the kitchen, namely cookware and appliances. At least four such partnerships have launched or expanded in the last year: Stanley Tucci […]

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Brands Bolster Bed and Bath

Licensing remains a force in home goods, especially in the home textiles sector, even as the industry as a whole faces some post-pandemic challenges. Here is a roundup of some of the many properties—across several property types but with a focus on fashion and lifestyle—that have entered the category in 2023. All take the form […]

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Tour de Collaboration

The pairing of cycling gear with fashion, art, and lifestyle labels—a trend that fashion industry watchers trace back to Rapha’s first collaboration with designer Paul Smith in 2007—continues to flourish in 2023, with a number of high-end cycling apparel brands announcing capsules with notable names in the fashion and lifestyle segments. Here is a look […]

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Joint Ventures

As more states legalize marijuana and THC for recreational use, following the federal legalization of hemp (and effectively CBD) in 2018, licensed properties continue to enter the cannabis space at a healthy pace. Collaborative products range from accessories and lifestyle goods to consumables such as beverages, snacks, and joints, with some containing the psychotropic (high-producing) […]

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Tiles With Style

For many years, global and local brands, particularly on the luxury end of the spectrum, have been releasing high-end mahjong sets as a means of generating sales and engagement among their customer base in greater China and parts of Southeast Asia. The category has seen its profile grow over the past couple of years, especially […]

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A Higher Profile for Hanukkah at Retail

As Hanukkah began last evening (December 18, 2022), it seems like a logical time to look at the increased focus on Hanukkah products at retail this year, with expanded merchandise arrays at retailers from Target to Michaels. The trend includes a number of collaborations—although these remain relatively rare overall—often involving designers: Judaica Standard Time, a […]

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