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Rappers Tee Up Golf Collaborations

In recent years, rappers and their fashion and lifestyle labels have become increasingly involved in licensing and collaboration deals yielding collections of golf-influenced apparel, accessories, and footwear. In fact, in some cases, the artists’ lifestyle brands themselves are golf-related. Some examples from the last 12 months illustrate the accelerating trend: Tyler, the Creator’s Golf Le […]

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Pairing Anime and E-sports

A popular sub-segment within the e-sports licensing sector consists of cross-licensed apparel collections that bring together e-sports teams and anime properties. The audiences for the two types of IP dovetail nicely, and the anime characters help drive interest and purchase intent for the e-sports brands. This trend has been ongoing since at least 2019 and […]

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The Peak Celebrity Era

Taylor Swift has had an outsized influence on pop culture and commerce in 2023 and 2024, putting her mark on music sales, NFL ratings, sales of official and unofficial merchandise, and more. While Swift is an anomaly in the breadth and depth of her current dominance, her situation nevertheless makes an interesting case study on […]

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Revisions to the Collegiate Licensing Syllabus

The collegiate sports landscape has been undergoing some big changes of late, with potential ramifications for collegiate licensees and other companies partnering with universities and student-athletes on commercial ventures: A spike in popularity of women’s sports. Stars such as Caitlin Clark of Iowa and Angel Reese of LSU are driving interest in women’s NCAA basketball; […]

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Hitting the Bullseye

Darts is an activity that has attracted growing interest over the past few years, both in participation and viewership. Increased demand for products such as signature and branded darts, dartboards, jerseys, and flights (the plastic or nylon stabilizers on the darts) has followed, with rights mostly granted to specialist licensees. The game of darts was […]

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Full Speed Ahead for Motorsports Teams

Auto racing has been a notable inspiration in the fashion industry for the last two and a half years, with experts crediting the launch of Ferrari’s first full fashion collection in June 2021 with jumpstarting the current popularity of the look. The trend has also been driven by the fact that sports influences in general, […]

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Full Court Press for K-pop and Sports

The connections between K-pop stars and sports have strengthened over the past few years, most typically taking the form of concerts during matches, promotional partnerships and brand ambassadorships, content agreements, and the like. The growing ties have also led to the emergence of a handful of collaborative merchandise initiatives, some focused on Asia and others […]

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Stepping Into Pickleball

Collaborations centered on pickleball are still on the rise as the sport continues to grow in popularity with mainstream consumers, both as a spectator and especially as a participant sport. Examples range from designer- and celebrity-driven apparel collections to paddles and other gear tied to all kinds of properties, from Vlasic pickles to the musical […]

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