Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, J.C. Penney Company is launching Uproar, an edgy and affordable line catering to the particular needs of the 9- to 13-year-old tween set. The private girls' and boys' brand will be available in JC Penney stores and on jcp.com starting July 20.
Baby CZ by Carolina Zapf has opened a new retail store in Greenwich, Conn., today. The addition follows the success of the company's Madison Avenue boutique in New York.
Industry charity Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) will distribute 2,500 new toys recently donated by the Toy Industry Foundation to Haitian children affected by the earthquake. The toys, valued at $30,000, will provide some comfort to kids in orphanages, schools and refugee camps and shelters.
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) has announced its 75 nominees for its annual awards for licensing excellence, which will be awarded June 8 at the Licensing International Expo's opening night party.
"This year's candidates... include several classic brands, as well as new properties, illustrating licensing's power to help brands stay vital and relevant to new audiences," LIMA president Charles Riotto said, noting the nominees span the global market, with Asia, Europe and Latin America represented in addition to North America.
According to a National Retail Federation study, consumers expect to spend more on Mother's Day gifts this year than last year, with total spending expected to reach $14.6 billion. While the report noted that top mom gifts include dinners out and flowers, the NRF projected that shoppers will spend approximately $2.5 billion on jewelry, $1.3 billion on clothing and accessories, and $671 million on greeting cards.
Last week, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini revealed the brand's plans to enter the children's wear category this summer, according to WWD. On a trip to Singapore, Giannini said the company plans to unveil a kids' collection in June in Italy, which will later be available through approximately 40 stores worldwide. Visit www.gucci.com.
Pacific Entertainment has tapped United Legwear of New York to produce an exclusive line of infant and toddler products under the Baby Genius brand. The initial Fall '10 collection--which will include layette, one-pieces, tanks, leggings, hosiery, slipper socks, booties, blankets and bibs--will retail throughout the United States and Canada. Joester Loria Group brokered the three-year licensing agreement on behalf of Baby Genius. Visit www.unitedlegwear.com.
Despite the reports that consumer spending is on the rise, discount retailers are continuing to promote markdowns in order to attract budget-conscious shoppers, according to a Chicago Tribune story that ran last week. Kmart and Walmart are still reducing prices on staples such as children's T-shirts, although the negative effects of drastic price-slashing has been a retail issue since the recession began. "Promotions and things that drive traffic are still critically important," Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer at Kmart, told the Tribune.
Kids With Character of New York will create a line of children's apparel featuring the Safety 1st brand for Dorel Juvenile Group under a deal brokered by Synergy Licensing. The line--set to hit mass retailers in Spring '11--will offer durable basics, layette, playwear, outerwear, sleepwear and swimwear, all featuring UV protection and sun/temperature indicators.
Quiksilver Inc. is selling its Raisins swim brands, which include Raisins, Raisins Girls, Leilani, Island Soul and Island Escape, to AOM Holdings. Quiksilver has managed the brands since 1994.