Redbubble Draws Deal with Retail Monster

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The partnership will see Redbubble expand its licensing reach across teams and brands.

NORTH AMERICA–Online marketplace Redbubble has announced a new partnership with brand extension and licensing company Retail Monster.

The partnership will see Redbubble gain access to new licensing teams and brands; meanwhile, Retail Monster will enhance its ability to connect its clients to a vast network of artists and fans.

“Redbubble is like a superhighway that can take brands directly to some of their most passionate fans. Licensors can use the marketplace to increase loyalty, manage their fan-generated content on the web, execute instant promotions to a wide base of people already enthusiastic about their brand, and more,” says Michael Connolly, chief executive officer and founder, Retail Monster “Our goal is to amplify their efforts and outreach to the licensing community to help brand owners produce phenomenal customer experiences, like we do with all of our clients.”

Redbubble currently serves a community of independent artist who sell their art across a range of merchandise on the company’s platform.

“Retail Monster’s phenomenal team has created licensing and branding solutions for the most widely known brands in the world,” says Eric Morse, senior vice president, partnerships, and general manager, global licensing, Redbubble. “Michael Connolly’s experience, including his work as head of consumer products for DreamWorks Animation and Kelli Corbett’s retail sales and trade marketing background with both DreamWorks Animation and Disney Consumer Products, will prove invaluable as we continue to introduce the licensing industry to our independent artist community and the consumers who come to Redbubble searching for exceptional ways to express their fandom. We want people to know we’re making our brand protection and fan engagement services a priority, and partnering with a firm of Retail Monster’s caliber is the best way to do it.”

Po-Zu Steps into New Star Wars Styles

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The footwear company has added new styles inspired by the Rebel Alliance.

 

GLOBAL–Disney, Lucasfilm and Po-Zu have unveiled that latest additions to the co-branded Star Wars | Po-Zu footwear collaboration.

The new spring/summer collection includes slip-on, low-cut sneakers and more that feature Rebel Alliance badges and metallic details.

The new range also builds on Po-Zu’s additional Star Wars collections, which draw inspiration from characters including Rey, BB-8, Poe and more.

“I was truly inspired by the Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the new characters–and love fusing sustainable materials into some of these timeless pieces,” says Sven Segal, founder, Po-Zu. “We’ve had such great feedback from the Star Wars community and fashion press so far and I’m thrilled to continue our galactic ride for the second season!”

The Star Wars | Po-Zu spring/summer collection is now available.

Pan-Oceanic Wrangles Licensed Heroes for Eyewear

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The company is set to release new frames that feature Star Wars, Superman and more.

 

NORTH AMERICA–Sunglasses supplier Pan-Oceanic Eyewear has partnered with Disney, Marvel, Mattel and DC Comics for a new line of children’s eyewear.

The new partnerships will see Pan-Oceanic produce a collection of sunglasses that feature imagery from Star Wars, Batman, “DC Super Hero Girls,” Superman, Marvel’s Spiderman, Marvel’s Avengers as well as Hot Wheels, Barbie and Fisher Price.

The range is set to launch this fall.

Influencer Chriselle Lim Styles First Collection for Nordstrom

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The YouTube Star has designed her first range of women’s apparel for the retailer.

NORTH AMERICA–Social media influencer Chriselle Lim is entering the apparel category with new ready-to-wear collection, which will available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Chriselle x J.O.A. will include a selection of dresses, jumpsuits, tops and blazers. It also marks the first design collaboration for Lim, who began her career doing fashion tutorials on YouTube.

The Chriselle x J.O.A line will launch at more than 40 Nordstrom locations in the U.S. and Canada and online at Nordstorm.com.

Nottingham Forest to Rep Paul Frank in Iberia

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Julius the Monkey and more will enter new categories in Spain and Portugal.

 

EUROPE–Saban Brands has tapped Nottingham Forest to serve as the global licensing, merchandising and promotion agent in Iberia for its lifestyle brand Paul Frank.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nottingham Forest will work with Saban Brands to develop a licensing strategy that includes the development and promotion of fashion and lifestyle products across Spain and Portugal.

“We are delighted to start partnering with Saban Brands on the licensing strategy for the iconic Paul Frank brand,” says Laura Garcia Ortega, commercial director, Nottingham Forest. “It is our favorite lifestyle brand ever and we are confident local partners would share our taste and we will have Paul Frank fancy products very soon in Spain and Portugal.”

Saban Brands also recently appointed Nottingham Forest to serve as the licensing and merchandising partner for “Power Rangers” in Iberia.

“We look forward to partnering with lifestyle and merchandising experts Nottingham Forest to continue to grow the global Paul Frank brand in Iberia,” said Stan Wan, managing director, lifestyle, Saban Brands.

College Football to Fete 150 Years with IMG

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IMG will oversee all licensing for the college sport’s sesquicentennial year.

 

NORTH AMERICA–College Football 150th Anniversary, a non-profit formed to celebrate 150 seasons of collegiate football, has tapped IMG College Licensing to serve as the exclusive product licensing agent for all celebration-related items.

The agreement will see IMG work across a variety of consumer product categories to highlight the history and traditions of the sport as well as its its contributions to American society and culture over 150 years.

“This is yet another step in the planning for a celebration that will highlight all that is good about college football,” says Kevin Weiberg, executive director, College Football 150th Anniversary. “IMG College Licensing is the leader in this area and we know they will do a wonderful job in assisting us with licensing on behalf of the Anniversary.”

The 150th anniversary of college football will kick off next year, 150 years after the first college football game between Princeton University and Rutgers University on November 6, 1869.
“We are thrilled to have been selected to work alongside the College Football 150th Anniversary team to develop a merchandise program that honors the history and influence of the sport,” says Cory Moss, senior vice president and managing director, IMG College Licensing. “College football is woven into the fabric of America, and we look forward to creating quality products and innovative marketing opportunities that allow consumers to express their college football fandom.”

IMG College Licensing is the world’s No. 10 largest licensor with an estimated $4.5 billion in retail sales in 2016 according to License Global’s annual Top 150 Global Licensors report. This year’s report, which examines licensed retail sales in 2017, will be released in April. 

Is Rihanna Ready to Reveal Lingerie?

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WWD teases upcoming collaboration between Rihanna and Fabletics manufacturer TechStyle.

NORTH AMERICA–TechStyle Fashion Group is rumored to be working on a deal with singer Rihanna for a lingerie line, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

TechStyle’s portfolio currently includes brands JustFab, FabKids, ShoeDazzle and Kate Hudson’s athleisure brand Fabletics.

While no official announcement has been made, the star is said to have been working on the project for more than a year with samples already produced.

Rihanna and her personal brand have recently found success in the consumer product space with the launch of her Fenty x Puma fashion line and Fenty Beauty makeup line.

Cartoon Network Upfront Reveals New Series & More

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The children’s network has unveiled a slate of new content including “Infinity Train,” “Apple & Onion,” “Summer Camp Island” and more.

GLOBAL–Cartoon Network revealed its plans for the 2018-19 season at its annual upfront presentation.

The new series will mark the network’s largest slate of content to date from a new wave of creators “telling stories that are relevant and reflective of today’s kids,” according to the company.

New series include:

•    “Infinity Train,” a mystery adventure that follows a young girl named Tulip after she finds herself on a train full of infinite worlds and tries to find her way home.

•    “Victor and Valentino,” which follows two half-brothers who spend a summer with their grandma in a small mysterious town, where the myths and legends of Latin American folklore come to life.

•    “Apple & Onion,” a new buddy comedy that introduces Apple and Onion, who have decided to leave their hometowns to experience big city living.

•    “Craig of the Creek,” which will follow Craig as he leads his best friends on comical journeys at their neighborhood creek;

•    “Summer Camp Island,” which follows Oscar and his best friend Hedgehog and the mysteries that unfold at a magical summer camp.

Additionally, Cartoon Network has revealed a host of returning series including “Adventure Time,” “Ben 10,” “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes,” “Steven Universe,” “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “Unikitty!” and “We Bare Bears.”

“It has always been in our DNA to embrace kids for who they are and build relatable worlds, stories and characters for them,” says Christina Miller, president, Cartoon Network-Adult Swim-Boomerang. “This moment is especially exciting because this new wave of talent naturally brings depth and interactivity to their storytelling. It is a perfect match for our audience!”

Cartoon Network has also laid out plans for digital experiences across its mobile, web and streaming platforms.

New digital experiences include:

•    “Bloons Adventure Time TD” by Ninja Kiwi, a web game based on the “Bloons Tower Defense” franchise.

•    “Ben 10 Alien Experience,” an updated and enhanced augmented reality game that will feature new gameplay, levels and enemies allowing fans to become Ben 10 in their own environment

•    “The Steven Universe Podcast,” a continuation of the podcast that provides an in-depth exploration of the people and places that make up the “Steven Universe” world.

“Cartoon Network continues to see growth in time spent on video and gaming platforms as kids are enjoying our content across a vast array of environments,” says Donna Speciale, president, Turner Ad Sales. “The best way for brands to reach and engage our fans is through a total audience approach that captures all of these relevant spaces.”

Forever 21 Heads Back to the ‘90s with MTV

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The classic music video channel has inspired a new range of apparel including t-shirts, bikinis and more.

 

GLOBAL–Viacom Consumer Products has teamed up with retailer Forever 21 for an exclusive collaboration that pays homage to MTV’s ‘90s era.

The F21 x MTV collection features a host of vintage-inspired pieces that celebrate the aesthetic and energy of the network in the 1990’s including women’s t-shirts, crop tops and bikinis, as well as men’s t-shirts, caps and trunks.

“MTV is one of the most iconic networks, and its fans span generations, demographics, cultures and continents,” says Linda Chang, vice president, merchandising, Forever 21. “We were very excited to be able to create a nostalgic but modern collection of our customers’ favorite ‘80s MTV shows.”

The F21 x MTV collection is now available in store and online.

Hello Kitty & Gaspard et Lisa Join Forces in Asia

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The animated characters will bring their crossover adventure to a new line of consumer products.

ASIA–Sanrio’s Hello Kitty and Sony Creative Products, worldwide licensing manager for the children’s book series Gaspard et Lisa, have teamed up for a co-branded merchandise collection in the Asian market.

Last year, the creators of Gaspard et Lisa and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty designer created a series of oil paintings that depicted a visit by Hello Kitty to Gaspard and Lisa’s hometown of Paris. This year, the two companies will build on their relationship by expanding the collaboration into licensed consumer products that feature designs inspired by the oil paintings.

The product line will launch this year in Japan, followed by Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and other territories.