A 4/20 Focus on Health and Wellness

The interest among licensed property owners in cannabis-industry collaborations has waned slightly as the challenges of succeeding in this complex market have become evident. But, as the industry and its consumers celebrated the unofficial 4/20 holiday this weekend, celebrity brands and other licensed IP with a logical connection to the category continue to partner regularly […]

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Podcasters Look Beyond DTC Into Licensing

Within the licensing business, podcasters primarily play a role as licensees, pairing with owners of licensed properties to create new audio productions. The podcast producers see licensed IP as a way to capture new audiences, while the licensors typically view the medium as another way for consumers to experience their properties and another touchpoint to […]

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Luxury Autos Drive Limited Sneaker Designs

News recently came to light about two limited-edition sneaker collaborations, namely Alfa Romeo pairing with Greats and Porsche teaming with Puma. These new initiatives are a reminder of how car brands, especially on the luxury end of the scale, have been common and high-profile players in the crowded sneaker-collaboration space for years, with the frequency […]

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New Players in Fashion-Licensed Beauty

Fragrance and, increasingly, other categories of beauty such as cosmetics and skincare, are staples of most fashion licensors’ businesses. Conversely, fashion labels are a foundational component of the portfolios of most of the largest players in fragrance and beauty. Yet there are still a few established fashion labels that have just recently signed their first […]

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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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Fool-Proof Firewater

The last year has brought a burst of collaborations that combine savory food flavors with alcoholic beverages in offbeat pairings. A few years ago, these novelty spirits would have turned out to be April Fool’s jokes. In today’s landscape, however, they are real products that are released throughout the year. And, while the purpose is […]

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Influencers as Comic Creators

Earlier this week, YouTube storyteller MrBallen announced the details of his first graphic novel with Ten Speed Press, news of which first came out in May, becoming the latest in a flurry of influencers to enter the comic book and graphic novel category recently. Many of the YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch-based celebrities in this space […]

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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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20/20 Vision for Licensed Eyewear

In some industries, licenses come and go, depending on property and product trends at any given time. An exception is the eyewear industry, especially the luxury component, where licensing is a consistent staple. Most deals are global and long-lasting, and contract renewals are in the news as much or more than new agreements. Here’s a […]

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