Hasbro is teaming up with toy company Aurora World to produce a plush line based on the popular Raggedy Ann and Andy brand. The line, which debuted at Toy Fair earlier this month, will include a range of dolls from eight to 25 inches.
Kids' toy brand Jupiter Toys is partnering with licensing agent Space Enterprises to produce a range of wooden toys and children's furniture based on the popular Disney Junior pre-school series, The Hive. The products are set to hit shelves this spring.
Speculators have taken a shine to specialty retailer The Children's Place ahead of its March 7 fourth-quarter earnings report.
Shares in the company are up 2.4 percent to stand at $48.80. As of October 29, 2011, the kids' clothing retailer operated 1,076 brick-and-mortar stores and online at www.childrensplace.com.
Kids' clothing club Wittlebee is the latest startup to enter the subscription service market.
Upscale childrens superstore Wonder! in Deerfield, IL, has shuttered after less than four months in business, citing financial difficulties.
The 135,000-square foot store, which sold everything from baby oil to Bugaboo strollers, was the brainchild of venture capitalist Shane Christensen and aimed to blend the convenience of a big box retailer with a boutique mentality.
Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S) has partnered with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) to distribute 20 million Huggies brand diapers to families in need.
Lifestyle-brands firm Art Impressions recently signed a handful of new licensing deals for its tween and teen So So Happy brand. Among the new licenses are: a line of junior and girls' bags, wallets and travel cases by Accessory Innovations; a collection of headwear and cold weather gear from Berkshire Fashions; bath and beauty products from Accessory Zone; belts and buckles from Buckle-Down; a collection of Halloween costumes from Rasta Imposta; posters, wristbands and novelties from Krome FX; and more.
Saban Brands, a brand management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development firm, revealed new collections for its Paul Frank license this week at Las Vegas trade show MAGIC. Included in the collections is a line of daywear, swimwear and sleepwear for juniors by Age Group that will launch this fall, as well as a line of Paul Frank timepieces by MZ Berger available next month.
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch plans to close 180 U.S. stores by 2015, the company's CEO Mike Jeffries told analysts in a conference call Wednesday. The chain will target underperforming locations, but specific stores have not yet been announced. Last year, Abercrombie & Fitch closed 71 stores.
Consumer-driven apparel company Bentex Group Inc. has teamed up with Zinkia Entertainment on its award-winning children's series Pocoyo. Under the terms of this multi-year agreement, Bentex will create a line of branded apparel for the U.S. market, including T-shirts, sportswear, sleepwear, swimwear and outerwear for boys and girls, to launch in spring 2013.