Feeling Blue

A number of recent licensed and collaborative products have taken denim—or at least its look and feel—into categories where it has not traditionally had much of a presence: Lingerie. Last week, American Eagle said it was pairing with sibling lingerie and casual apparel brand Aerie for the first time to launch a limited collection of […]

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Opening the Book on European Literary IP

Many literary properties with European roots rank among the top licensed character IPs globally, but they have historically had a difficult time gaining a footing in the U.S. market, remaining niche brands even after decades of attempts to broaden their publishing and licensing efforts. Recently, however, there are signs that a handful of these classic […]

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Is U.S. Cricket Licensing on a Sticky Wicket?

Cricket is the second most popular sport globally, after football/soccer, with an audience of more than 2.5 billion across 180 countries. It is particularly strong in South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, and especially India); Australia and New Zealand; England (the birthplace of the sport); the West Indies including Trinidad and Tobago; South […]

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Chefs Cook Up Kitchen and Table Collabs

The first half of 2024 has brought three significant chef-driven home-products collaborations focused on hard goods for cooking, dining, and entertaining: Earlier this month, British chef Jamie Oliver partnered with Lifetime Brands for a line of serveware and dinnerware called Big Love, taking its name from the chef’s sign-off phrase. The products skew toward family-style […]

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New Flavors ’Til the Cows Come Home

In a presentation at the annual Dairy Innovation Strategies conference in April, Patrik Hansson, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Arla Foods, a Danish dairy cooperative, called for the industry to refocus on bringing in new consumers and addressing the unhealthy eating habits of the global population. One of directions he recommended to […]

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Enjoy Your Stay

High-end hotels are entering the home furnishings realm, creating collections positioned as allowing consumers to treat themselves to the feeling of being in a fine hotel while remaining in the comfort of their own bedrooms and bathrooms. Most often, hotels sell the furniture and home textiles they feature in their guest rooms through their own […]

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Two-Sport Athletic Deals

With the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Finals in progress, WWE, the wrestling entertainment brand, announced last week that it was creating an officially licensed legacy championship belt for the winning team. The belt, like those given to winners of wrestling events, highlights the Stanley Cup in the center, where the WWE logo usually resides, […]

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