ABG Plans to Open Juicy Couture Stores in U.S.

Authentic Brands Group plans to open 5-10 Juicy Couture stores in the U.S. starting in 2017, positioning them as flagship locations to go along with store-with-a-store formats at some retailers, says ABG’s Jamie Salter. The stores would be the first in the U.S. since ABG bought the brand from Fifth and Pacific for $195 million in 2013 and later closed

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Licensed Merchandise on Rise at Trans World Entertainment

“Trend” sales accounted for 32% of Trans World Entertainment’s revenue in Q3 ended Oct. 31, up from 23% a year earlier as the chain boosted the number of renovated stores focused on the category to 25 from 18 in the previous quarter. The retailer, which operates f.y.e. stores, expects to add the new format to another 8 locations in Q4

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Rising Middle Class, Improved IP Protection Set Stage For Potential Sales Growth Within China

With a rising middle class and stepped up enforcement of trademark rights, China is rapidly emerging as a consumer market for licensed merchandise of all sorts. And with that growth, has come an increased focus on using local suppliers to develop and manufacture products tailored to China, dispensing with the one size fits all strategy that once was a hallmark

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