Posted by Abe Sauer on January 17, 2012 03:11 PM
Just in time to outfit your local militia for the coming Mayan end of the world in 2012 is the Wild Things Tactical Smith & Wesson Collection.
A new brand licensing deal, Wild Things Tactical aims to help the iconic gunmaker extend "its iconic status as a rugged truly original American brand to a line of apparel for both gun enthusiasts and a wide range of consumers." That's right: Smith & Wesson is now a lifestyle brand.
It's the latest brand extension from a firearm brand that's turned itself around in the last half decade.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 14, 2011 10:01 AM
When a game designed for mobile phones has gotten more than a half a billion downloads in less than two years of existence, it’s apparently time to bring it into reality.
That must be what the creators of the Angry Birds game are thinking, anyway. Rovio, which is planning to go public in the next few years, will debut two Angry Birds playgrounds in its homeland of Finland next year, according to Reuters, that will have “animal spring riders, swings, sandpits and a range of climbing towers with slides, and a unique Angry Birds arcade game.”
The company has signed a global deal with playground equipment manufacturer Lappset to create “equipment inspired by the game's characters" for playgrounds that will be called Angry Birds Magic Places. "The playgrounds fit perfectly into the Angry Birds world and our way of thinking," Rovio marketing chief Peter Vesterbacka said in a statement.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2011 10:59 AM
When Keds sneakers were launched back in 1916, the world was in the midst of World War I. The American footwear company has been through plenty of cultural and financial ups and downs since then and it has finally, 95 years into its existence, it is branching out and trying something new: apparel.
Keds began selling its first apparel collection exclusively at New York's indie fashion retailer, Opening Ceremony. The collection, which has about 85 sportswear designs for men and women, launched in OC stores and online on Black Friday, as Women’s Wear Daily notes.
“The Keds brand was founded about the same time that American sportswear was created, so the introduction of apparel is a natural fit for us in many ways,” said Kristin Kohler Burrows, Keds brand president, according to Fibre2Fashion. “We drew inspiration for this initial collection from American style icons who have worn Keds over the past 100 years," icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Paul Newman, Humphrey Bogart, and Natalie Portman.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 5, 2011 05:05 PM
Looking for stocking stuffers for the luxury auto buff who has everything?
BMW recently partnered with Austrian natural cosmetics brand Susanne Kaufmann as part of its BMW i future-forward R&D initiative, and one of the first products they’ve come up with is the Purif-i hand sanitizer and moisturizer, which is made entirely of herbal extracts. Only 14 euros (almost US$19) will get you 75mls of the stuff.
“The unique collaboration between a natural cosmetics manufacturer and the BMW i mobility brand is an example of how nature and technology can work together and effectively enhance each other,” said Uwe Dreher, BMW i’s marketing manager, about the brand extension, according to Wired.
The sanitizer comes on the heels of rival Mercedes-Benz releasing its own perfume in September. Bentley, meanwhile, today released its new sound — described as "stirring and thunderous" — as part of the brand's rejuvenation in 2012. Listen below.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 5, 2011 12:30 PM
One of the more sensical and impressive brand extensions of the last year has been video game maker Activision's release of outdoor adventure titles under the marquee of American hunting and fishing outfitter Cabela's. The outdoor gear retailer turned out to be such a natural for a videogame brand extension that the pair followed up their Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 video game with more titles for 2012.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 21, 2011 10:05 AM
American Apparel apparently isn’t happy enough to just stick with clothing. The manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of its own clothing lines has vastly expanded beyond cotton t-shirts. Expanding its make-up line, AA recently introduced nail polish and has now followed it up with its own collection of lip gloss.
With its acting president just quitting, the 22-year-old company is doing what it can these days to boost sales. It reported earlier this month a $7.2 million loss in the third quarter that ended Sept. 30, according to the Los Angeles Times. While that’s not good news, at least it wasn’t the $9.5 million lost in the same quarter in 2010.
Hoping to prove that when the going gets tough women pump up the lip color, AA's lip gloss will come in nine recession-busting colors, Apparel News reports, including the red-hued “Legalize LA” and pink-toned “Pantytime.”
“These are colors for everyone,” said Marsha Brady, the creatively-named creative director for American Apparel, according to Apparel News. “Over the last few months of color trials, employees were eager to see them and try them on, so we got to see how they performed on many different complexions. We’re really happy with how pretty and natural they look on everyone.”
The brand's controversy-seeking CEO and founder Dov Charney is, as you might imagine, pumped about the new line of lip gloss.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 9, 2011 01:03 PM
AT&T is going into digital duds as its "Emerging Devices Unit" prepares to manufacture "clothes that track the wearer’s heart rate, body temperature and other vital signs and upload the results to a web portal."
Sensor-based, a.k.a. bio-clothing that monitors overall health, tracking daily activity and sending data to the cloud is one latest focus for Glenn Lurie, President of AT&T’s Emerging Devices Unit. "People want this kind of feedback about their health. Automatically pushing information to a vertically integrated site makes things easier,” he said.
The enabled clothing "could resemble the E39 shirts Zephyr designed with Under Armour for athletes participating in the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year,” with AT&T providing the connectivity for the push to smartphones and the web.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 20, 2011 03:31 PM
You like fruit juice? You like chips? You are in luck. Jamba Inc. and Bare Fruit LLC, which sources its apples from the Pacific Northwest, are joining forces for a new line of Jamba-branded dried-fruit chips, according to the Associated Press. The licensing deal will result in "all natural" chip flavors that will include mango, Fuji apple, and Granny Smith apple, which should be in stores by the new year. The company, which has 746 Jamba Juice stores in the U.S. and six outside, “has been trying to grow by licensing its brand for consumer products,” AP notes.
"Our focus continues to be on developing differentiated Jamba-branded products that make it convenient and easy for health-conscious consumers to lead healthier and more active lives,” stated Julie Washington, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Products, Jamba Juice Company. “This latest offering, created with Bare Fruit, leverages our collective expertise in fruit to create a line of wholesome snacks that are lower in calories, higher in fiber and naturally sweet.”
Jamba Juice was also just named as one of the latest round of retail partners for the Google Wallet "tap and pay" platform.Continue reading...