Hoteliers Look to Licensing

Branded hotels had been an up-and-coming form of experiential licensing for at least five years prior to the start of the pandemic, and they are back, if the number of new deals and openings announced in the last year or so is any indication: Lagardère Group’s ELLE magazine brand opened its first hotel, in Paris, […]

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Influential Collaborations

Signature product lines tied to social media influencers have become standard practice in many categories. A half dozen recent deals provide an illustration of the wide variety of influencers and partners involved in such collaborations in 2022: On December 6, MeganPlays, a leading video gaming content creator, paired with retailer Claire’s for a 23-piece line […]

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Health Food

Kids’ properties often lend their names to healthy snacks, although the practice tends to rise and fall cyclically. This year seems to be an active period for such pairings—some long-term, some short-term and promotional—with a number of properties and a number of different product types involved. Nearly all of these products are veggie- and fruit-forward, […]

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Support and Self-Care for Monthly Cycles

In September, we wrote about collaborations focused on a topic not often represented in licensing, namely menopause. Another area of women’s health that has rarely been spoken of in the licensing business, but is starting to emerge as a viable area for partnership: menstruation. A handful of IP owners have recently entered the “period wear” […]

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Benefits of Bamboo

In a deal announced just this week, Hasbro licensed British company Bamboo Bamboo to create limited-edition children’s bamboo dinnerware featuring Peppa Pig, sold online. Bamboo dinnerware has been available for a long time, and is billed as eco-friendly as well as safe, durable, lightweight, and easy to clean. With the increased attention on sustainability over […]

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Dogs Dressing Up

Several recent licensed pet lines have featured people-like clothing and accessories styles, almost making pets into “mini-mes” that mirror the fashion choices of either their owners or the property (e.g., a celebrity) on which the range is based. While pet lines typically capture the sensibility of the underlying property in their look and feel, these […]

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Controlling the Narrative

For years now, toy companies have been launching or acquiring entertainment and gaming studios, in the hopes that bringing these businesses in-house will strengthen their ability to control their all-important forays into TV, film, and interactive gaming productions based on their proprietary brands. There has been some news on this front since the start of […]

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Linking Merchandise and the Metaverse

While there are a number of different potential objectives for marketers to step into the metaverse, one hope is often to use the effort to help drive purchases of traditional physical products. A growing number of brands, especially in the fashion industry, are experimenting with new ways to strengthen the link between digital and physical […]

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Collaboration, Not Appropriation

Last month, the wife of Mexico’s president alleged that the Ralph Lauren fashion label had plagiarized a number of designs associated with Mexico’s indigenous Contla and Saltillo communities. The brand said it had thought all such goods had been removed from retail stores a few months earlier, when it had first recognized the issue, and […]

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