Category: Sports

Starter x Palace Collaborate on a Capsule Collection

The Starter brand has teamed up with skateboard and apparel brand Palace on a capsule collection centered around football inspired styles that synergize oversized and skate-ready clothing.  The key staples include football jersey, nylon warm up pullover, breakaway jacket, snapback cap and T’s. Both brands’ logos appear across black /white and mint color ways with the classic Starter font.

 

Starter, established in 1971, pioneered the fusion of sports clothing with popular culture by forging partnerships with major professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and more. It all began with an iconic star logo and the idea that “Every athlete dreams of being a starting player.” But Starter didn’t stop at athletes, they extended across cultural lines, drawing influence from sport, music, and pop culture. Through the 80s and 90s it truly cemented its place in pop culture with major movie stars and the hip hop scene. Today the brand has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues to compete in the global sports & fashion arena.

 

Starter and Palace’s collaboration is set for both in-store and online releases starting August 12, 11 a.m EDT on the brand’s official webstore, and in Japan on August 13, 11 a.m JST on the Palace Japan webstore, and on the official “Palace_Skateboards” WeChat store August 13, 11 a.m CST.

UMBRO LAUNCHES YOUTH APPAREL AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT AT JCPENNEY

Umbro, the iconic British soccer brand, announces a new collection of youth apparel and sports equipment at JCPenney.

 

The new collection encompasses Boys and Girls apparel, as well as soccer balls and cleats, and will feature classic Umbro styles such as jerseys and checkboard shorts. Available online and in select stores, items will have retail price points ranging from $18 for t-shirts to $40 for track jackets and hoodies.

 

“We are excited to add Umbro to our growing portfolio of brands, further solidifying JCPenney as the shopping destination for your kids’ apparel needs,” said Chris Phillips, JCPenney’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager of the Men’s, Children’s, and Women’s Apparel divisions. “From the classroom to the field, we are pleased to offer diverse working families a variety of options and the ease of a one-stop shopping experience.”

 

JCPenney is the perfect partner to help Iconix further grow and maximize the Umbro brand,” said Carolyn Siskovic, Senior Vice President Men’s, and Sports Brand Management at Iconix “Having JCPenney as our retailer for this new collection will allow us to capitalize on the growing consumer demand for sports brands while reaching our core family audience.”

 

The collection is available now at www.JCPenney.com and at select JCPenney stores.

 

ICONIX INTERNATIONAL COMPLETES GLOBAL ACQUISITION OF ATHLETIC BRAND PONY

New York, NY – May 9, 2022 – Brand management company Iconix International . has now completed the acquisition of the global rights across all product categories to the PONY brand (excluding China and Taiwan), from Hong Kong based company Symphony Holdings Ltd. Iconix will leverage their expertise in operating athletic and lifestyle brands to maximize the value of PONY by uniting the global PONY brand rights under one roof. The global brand will be run from Iconix’s New York City office, bringing a united PONY brand back to its roots.

 

In Asia Pacific, the PONY brand will be managed as a joint venture with Symphony bringing together the two brand owners to leverage the partners’ respective regional expertise. The timing of the acquisition coincides with a big moment for the heritage athletic brand, as 2022 marks PONY’s 50th anniversary.

 

Founded in Manhattan in 1972, the PONY brand has a rich history of influencing New York’s culture of cool. PONY stands for “Product of New York,” and has been worn by legendary athletes across multiple sports including basketball, football, baseball, boxing, soccer, and tennis. Now 50 years later, PONY continues to embody the same ground-breaking spirit that originally defined the brand, playing to its strengths as a heritage sneaker brand and continuing to disrupt the sneaker world its New York state of mind.

 

Bob Galvin, CEO of Iconix, commented: “We are proud to announce our global ownership of PONY, which will allow Iconix to control and invest in the brand’s considerable equity, including improved product development and a greater focus on digital and data-based marketing. Sports remains a key focal point of our portfolio and PONY, with its strong brand recognition and rich heritage in both sport and fashion has significant potential for global growth. We look forward to evolving the brand to introduce it to a new generation, while also connecting with consumers that already value its heritage. In addition, PONY will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this year with a very exciting relaunch of the brand with our partners around the world.”

 

Mr. Cheng Tun Nei, Chairman & CEO of Symphony, stated “The Group is delighted to collaborate with Iconix once again on the PONY brand through the sale of its global trademarks. At the same time, we will mobilize our resources to manage PONY’s business in the Asia Pacific region through a joint venture set up. With our collaboration, it leverages Iconix’s global resources, its valuable experience in branding & licensing operation, couple with Symphony’s expertise in the Asia Pacific region. As this also coincides with the historical celebration of PONY’s 50th anniversary, we are confident that this will create synergy which would enhance the brand’s influence especially in the Asia Pacific Region.”

 

For more information on PONY, please visit PONY.com and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

 

About Iconix

Iconix International Inc. owns, licenses, and markets a diversified portfolio of athletic, heritage and other consumer brands, including OCEAN PACIFIC®, DANSKIN®, FIELDCREST®, CHARISMA®, STARTER®, PONY®, WAVERLY®, UMBRO®, LEE COOPER® and ECKO UNLTD. ®. In addition, Iconix provides brand management, licensing, and other advisory services to owners of brand IP on a global basis. The Company licenses its and third-party brands to a network of leading retailers, manufacturers and other operators that touch every major segment of retail distribution in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, strategy, merchandising, advertising, and public relations departments, Iconix manages these brands to drive greater consumer awareness, broader commercial reach, and greater brand valuations.

 

About Symphony

Symphony Holdings Limited (Stock code: 1223.HK) is an enterprise with focus on operating sports brands and retail business. Aside from the PONY brand, the Group is also the owner of worldwide trademarks and patents of SKINS, the first compression wear brand in the world. The brand’s global business is managed through a joint venture between Symphony & ITOCHU Corporation, one of the top trading companies in Japan. In addition, the Group operates its retail business strategically located across China, including Xiamen, Shenyang, Anyang, Tianjin and Chongqing.

 

 

MSX FOR NFL & STARTER PARTNER ON AN EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED-EDITION COLLABORATION FEATURING SUPER BOWL LVI-INSPIRED STYLES

Past teammates Michael Strahan and Carl Banks join forces for the New CollectionCelebrating Football, Super Bowl LVI, and the City of Los Angeles

 

LOS ANGELES, January 27, 2022 – MSX for NFL, part of The Michael Strahan Brand, founded by long-time business partners Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz-Morini, today announced a new collaboration with the iconic lifestyle brand, Starter, owned by Iconix Brand Group, alongside Carl Banks, former Giants linebacker and President of G-III Apparel Group’s Sports Licensing Division, the manufacturing partner for the Starter brand. The MSX for NFL x Starter collection elevates core MSX and Starter styles while capturing the experience of the Super Bowl LVI taking place in Los Angeles this year. MSX, known for its casual lifestyle and work leisure apparel, partnered with G-III Apparel in 2020 to launch an exclusive, limited-edition Super Bowl LVI capsule collection in celebration of the NFL’s 100th season. Drawing from this success, Strahan and G-III Apparel Group teamed up in 2021 with The NFL Consumer Products Division to expand the line with the dedicated apparel for all 32 NFL teams. With football’s biggest game set to be played in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13, former teammates Strahan and Banks look to fuse their brand elements once again and celebrate the Super Bowl through a bold and fresh MSX x Starter Collaboration produced by G-III.

 

“The Super Bowl was a significant moment in my career, and since Los Angeles is hosting this year, we knew as a brand that we wanted to go even bigger with our NFL Licensed gameday apparel. We designed loud and proud prints and patterns to represent our excitement,” said Strahan. “Starter has created must-have items for die-hard sports fans for a long time, which is why we’re excited to collaborate with Carl and the team at G-III to help create a unique MSX for NFL collection that represents true LA style and swag.”

 

“Starter has been a pioneer of sports and fashion within the retail industry for decades,” said Banks. “Bringing this unique collaboration to one of the biggest sports stages in the world with my former teammate and now business partner is an absolute thrill for me and G-III. We are excited to continue to build this partnership and the Michael Strahan brand.”

 

The collection will include limited edition varsity jackets ($195- $220), track jackets ($135-$155), hoodies ($120), T-shirts ($50-$75) and women’s varsity jackets ($185). Curated by New Jersey-based graphic artist, Brian Begly, the collection was envisioned through the lens of the Los Angeles aesthetic, with unique styles that include the breathtaking Los Angeles sunset and iconic Hollywood skyline.

 

The collection will be available February 5th online and in stores at Sheikh, Fanatics/NFL Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Stater.com and at The NFL Experience in Los Angeles.

STARTER X PULL&BEAR: LOOK FOR THE STAR

Starter collaborates with Pull&Bear, to develop Autumn/Winter 2021 range to celebrate the iconic sports brand’s 50th anniversary.

 

Starter celebrates 50 years of the renowned ‘S-Star’ logo, continuing to provide strong and credible authenticity: Starter, Look for the Star!

 

To mark this momentous occasion, Iconix Europe LLC, the European arm of one of the world’s premier brand management companies Iconix Brand Group have teamed up with Inditex’s youth fashion brand, Pull&Bear, to present the Starter x Pull&Bear Autumn/Winter ‘21 capsule collection, honouring the famous sports brand’s 50th Anniversary.

 

It all began with an iconic star logo and the idea that “Every athlete dreams of being a starting player.” But Starter didn’t stop at athletes, extending across cultural lines, drawing influence from sport, music and pop culture. This range has been created with the aim of combining streetwear with athleisure sportswear for a younger fashion forward demographic. A prominent two-tone theme runs throughout the collection, showcased with a two-tone denim jacket, a patchwork shirt and an oversized cardigan finished with a logo patch.

 

The centerpiece of the offering is the Starter classic varsity jacket, which has been updated with multiple embroidered Starter 50th anniversary logos patches. Standout pieces include the tone-on-tone raincoat with an oversize fit; faux shearling in the form of a pull-over with a pouch pocket and a second version with a zip fastening which gives a nod to the latest trends. The collection also offers sweatshirt and jogging trouser co-ords, all of which feature pile embroidered logos. To complete the look, Pull&Bear have developed a comprehensive selection of accessories, including baseball caps, beanies, and socks. The colour story features rich forest green, black, and white tones, and each piece is produced in a variety of materials, volumes and textures.

 

This collection will be available in Europe/UK markets, both online at www.pullandbear.com and in a selected group of stores.

Umbro and Rowing Blazers Team Up for a Capsule Collection

Youthful and irreverent clothing brand Rowing Blazers has announced a collaboration with leading football (soccer) apparel and equipment brand Umbro. The two brands come together for a limited-edition twelve-piece collection that will be sold exclusively on the Greenhouse app, at select Foot Locker locations, and at rowingblazers.com.

 

The twelve-piece capsule features three classic Umbro styles – soccer jerseys, field jackets, and soccer shorts – reimagined with iconic Rowing Blazers signature patterns and fabrics including its trademark croquet stripe, the gun club check house tweed pattern, navy/red zig-zag stripe, and a classic Gordon Modern tartan. Each of the Rowing Blazers x Umbro Jerseys feature design details including the Rowing Blazers logo in the sponsor logo placement and Jack Carlson’s personal coat of arms, granted to him by the College of Arms in London — with references to his time on the national rowing team, career in classical archaeology, and his childhood dog. The collection also includes a croquet stripe Rowing Blazers x Umbro soccer ball.

 

We (Rowing Blazers) don’t normally blast our logo on product, but to see Rowing Blazers in the sponsor logo placement on an Umbro jersey was too good to pass up,” says Jack Carlson, founder of Rowing Blazers. “I grew up with Umbro. Living in England as a little kid in the early ‘90s, it was the weekend uniform. “During the week, the school blazer was quite literally the uniform. Umbro was innovative in creating patterned soccer jerseys. Their sublimated geometric patterns, the creative use of stripes, even tartan — and of course their famous checkerboard design — have always been inspiring to me. I collect soccer jerseys too, and love wearing the funkier ones. A good, collared soccer jersey in an unusual pattern often beats a polo… And I basically live-in soccer shorts when it’s warm out. It’s an honor to be collaborating with such a legendary name on this Rowing Blazers tribute to The Beautiful Game.”

 

The Rowing Blazers x Umbro collection, retailing for $80.00-$250.00, will be available exclusively at rowingblazers.com and Greenhouse app on March 26th, and will see a wider release at Foot Locker stores and online on April 2nd. All sizes are unisex and range from S – XXL.