Latest Zoo York x Founders Capsule Collection Pays Tribute To Legendary Skater Harold Hunter
Zoo York, one of the East Coast’s first true street culture inspired lifestyle brands, is releasing the second drop in its series of Zoo York x Founders capsule collections, created in collaboration with the brand’s founders, Rodney Smith, Eli Morgan Gesner and Adam Schatz. Earlier this year, the trio returned to the brand as creative directors. Zoo York is one of almost 30 brands owned by Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
The latest Zoo York x Founders release pays tribute to Harold Hunter, one of New York City’s most talented and respected skateboarders, who was a member of the original Zoo York skate team. Hunter traveled the world with the Zoo York crew and appeared in television shows as well as the cult classic movie, “Kids.” To honor Hunter’s memory, a portion of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF). HHF is a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in New York City, that provides a network of support, opportunity, and advocacy for at-risk New York City youth to help them reach their full potential as both skateboarders and young adults. Zoo York has an ongoing relationship with the foundation, with Schatz serving on the board of directors for more than a decade.
The second Zoo York x Founders capsule consists of seven items, with most pieces featuring archival images of Hunter, along with memorable quotes from the legendary skater. Key items are a skate deck featuring Hunter’s image along with the Zoo York and HHF logos, as well as a short-sleeve t-shirt and long-sleeve t-shirt, both emblazoned with Hunter’s image and the quote “The little information I have, that’s what I know.” A hoodie, beanie and booty bag featuring Hunter’s image round out the collection, while a re-issue of a Zoo York crew neck fleece sweatshirt from 1995 with Hunter’s name showcased on the back, gives a nod to the brand’s history. To showcase the collection, Zoo York tapped AJ Rodriguez, a four-time recipient of scholarships for The Harold Hunter Foundation summer camp programs and a newly minted member of the Zoo York skate team.
“It was a life-changing experience,” says Rodriguez about his time in California at the HHF summer camp program. “This mentally opens up kids’ perspectives that these experiences even exist. You meet new friends and the socializing boosts your motivation to keep skating. Zoo York and its founders have carved such an important history and are so respected. It’s an honor to be welcomed into the family,” added Rodriguez.
“Zoo York was such an important part of Harold’s life. We’re thrilled to be working with Zoo’s original management on a special collaboration honoring Harold’s legacy and benefitting HHF,” said Jessica Forsyth, Executive Director of The Harold Hunter Foundation.
About The Harold Hunter Foundation
Established in 2007 in memory of legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter, the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in New York City. Our fundamental goal is to provide a network of support, opportunity, and advocacy for NYC youth so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and young adults.
For more information, please visit Haroldhunter.org.
About Zoo York
In 1993, three skateboard enthusiasts, Rodney Smith, Eli Morgan Gesner and Adam Schatz, teamed up to develop the East Coast’s first true street culture-inspired lifestyle brand – Zoo York. The trio took creative inspiration from New York City’s rapidly evolving skateboarding, music and art scenes to produce a variety of culturally relevant products that were dark and gritty like New York City. What started off as a simple line of skate decks and t-shirts steadily grew into a full–blown apparel collection that was designed to withstand the city’s rugged terrain. Today, Zoo York is a highly evolved, globally recognized brand with an unbreakable East Coast attitude and dialect. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. acquired Zoo York in 2011.
For more information on Zoo York, please visit ZooYork.com.
Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Continues To Grow Home Business In The Middle East
Brand management company Iconix Brand Group, Inc. today announced an extension of its existing licensing deal with Bycop SAL, a leading manufacturer, importer, exporter and distributor in the home textile industry in the Middle East and Gulf Cooperation Council. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and Bycop SAL have renewed their current licensing agreement for an additional ten years, through 2039. The deal includes four home brands owned by Iconix Brand Group, Inc., Cannon, Charisma, Fieldcrest and Royal Velvet. Under the extension, Bycop SAL will continue to have the license to design, manufacture and distribute all four brands in the bed, bath, nightwear, underwear and loungewear categories in the Middle East and Gulf Cooperation Council. Bycop and Iconix first began working together in 2002.
“Bycop looks forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with Iconix Brand Group and their portfolio of heritage home brands,” said Levon Nazarian, president of Bycop SAL. “We’ve had great success with the Cannon, Charisma, Fieldcrest and Royal Velvet brands in the Middle East and we are excited to further cultivate these brands in collaboration with Iconix.”
“We see a substantial opportunity to further advance and develop our home business both domestically and internationally,” said Bob Galvin, president and chief executive officer of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “Working with exceptional long-term partners like Bycop will help our home brands reach their full potential.”
Cannon, Charisma, Fieldcrest and Royal Velvet are four of almost 30 brands owned by Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
About Bycop SAL
Established in the late 1970’s, Bycop SAL is a leading manufacturer, importer, exporter and distributor in the home textile industry in the Middle East and Gulf Cooperation Council. Bycop believes that comfort, style and quality are fundamental characteristics of home furnishings. The company offers a wide variety of bed and bath products from the most recognized brands to satisfy different industries including household, medical, hospitality and retail.
Bycop covers a vast geographical area through its companies in the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Bycop has the license for a variety of brands such as Cannon, Fieldcrest, Disney, Waverly and Charisma. Bcycop also markets private label brands including Valentini, Royale, Dream, Savoy and Classic.
Danskin Re-Launches Lifestyle Footwear With New Licensee Fashion Footwear
Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICON) has appointed Fashion Footwear as the new footwear licensee in the United States and Canada for Danskin, the aspirational women’s activewear brand. Under the new licensing deal, Fashion Footwear will design, manufacture and distribute Danskin’s line of lifestyle and athleisure footwear, with the first collection launching for the Fall 2019 season. Designed to support modern women as they move through their active lives, the new Danskin footwear collection is launching in August 2019 with similar retail distribution to Danskin’s activewear collection and will also be available on Danskin.com later this year.
“Danskin has strong brand awareness and with the ongoing popularity of athleisure, we have a significant opportunity to grow the brand through new licensing partnerships that will bring Danskin into more categories and territories,” said Bob Galvin, president and chief executive officer of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “Partnering with Fashion Footwear for Danskin’s new footwear is part of our strategy to take advantage of Danskin’s substantial brand equity.”
The new Danskin footwear collection includes styles for women’s active lifestyles, featuring a versatile color palette and modern silhouettes. Key silhouettes include ballet flats and stretch mesh sneakers, in both slip-on and lace-up variations. The color palette spans from feminine white, gray, metallics and nude, to sporty with pops of bright pink and neon green. The collection is positioned at an accessible price point, with retail prices of $50 and under.
Danskin, owned by Iconix Brand Group, Inc., has been the authority in dance since 1882. From its start selling hosiery to ballerinas, to outfitting the Radio City Rockettes and New York City Ballet, Danskin has been the standard in dance for more than 135 years. Today, Danskin has evolved from a traditional dance apparel brand to an aspirational activewear brand for the modern woman. Danskin exists to enable powerful feelings of expression through movement and is committed to creating products that support today’s woman as she moves through her active, engaged, dynamic life.
For updates and more information on Danskin, please visit us at www.danskin.com.
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