G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (NasdaqGSM: GIII) today announced that it had entered into a long-term men’s accessories license for its Andrew Marc and Marc New York brands with Foundry Accessories, LLC. Under the agreement, Foundry, headed by Paul De Fabrizio, will design, market and distribute men’s belts, wallets, messenger bags, portfolios, briefcases, luggage and other categories of accessories under the Andrew Marc and Marc New York brand names. Other terms of the license were not disclosed.
Morris Goldfarb, G-III’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We believe that the Andrew Marc and Marc New York brands, which occupy an excellent position in upscale specialty retailers and department stores, are capable of supporting a broad range of product categories. We also believe that well-designed merchandise and up and coming brands can become a clear point of differentiation for our retail partners. The contemporary aesthetic and high-fashion identity of the Andrew Marc brands are well suited to this kind of product line extension. As a licensee for so many strong companies, we believe that we have identified an excellent partner in Foundry Accessories LLC, a company that shares our commitment to quality of design, provision of value to consumers, and a vision for the future for these important brands.”
Paul De Fabrizio, President, Foundry Accessories, LLC, commented, “We are very pleased to have partnered with G-III to add the Andrew Marc and Marc New York brands to our developing portfolio of accessories businesses. The status of the Andrew Marc label is well suited to this important group of categories and we look forward to demonstrating our expertise in leveraging that brand identity to build a significant business in this market.”
About G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.
G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of outerwear, dresses and sportswear under licensed brands, private labels and our own brands. G-III also operates 119 outlet stores under the Wilsons Leather name. The Company has fashion licenses, among others, under the Calvin Klein, Sean John, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Jones New York, Jessica Simpson, Nine West, Ellen Tracy, House of Dereon, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s and Dockers brands and sports licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. G-III works with leading retailers in developing product lines to be sold under their own proprietary private labels. Company-owned brands include, among others, Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Marvin Richards, G-III, Jessica Howard, Eliza J., Industrial Cotton, Black Rivet, Siena Studio, Colebrook, G-III by Carl Banks, Winlit, NY 10018 and La Nouvelle Renaissance.
About Foundry Accessories, LLC
Foundry Accessories, LLC is at the forefront of designing, manufacturing and distributing men's and women's accessories for the domestic and international markets. Foundry's mission is to expand its current position in branded accessories by building a collection of market-leading national and internationally registered trademarked brands through licensing, joint ventures and acquisitions. Foundry Accessories, LLC has assembled the finest team of highly experienced professionals in design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales. Foundry's ability to work with each client's unique needs enables them to create a strong assortment, leverage brand identity and to build a significant presence in the accessories market. Foundry Accessories, LLC is a privately held company.
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James Palczynski, 203-682-8229
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Chief Operating Officer