Xcel Brands recognized at the 2017 Best in Biz Awards

ACROSS A COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 650 ENTRIES, THE LEADING RETAIL INNOVATOR IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP COMPANIES OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB), a brand management and media company whose portfolio includes brands such as Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston and C. Wonder, has been named a silver winner for the medium-sized Company of the Year category in the 2017 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America. Xcel Brands was selected across a competitive field of 650 entries including public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.

An innovator and disruptor in the retail industry, Xcel Brands received this recognition due to its impressive growth, achievements and excellence in 2016 and 2017. Following its third consecutive year of double digit growth and reaching in excess of $500MM in retail sales last year, Xcel Brands continues to make an impact on the retail industry through its “fast-to-market” model that delivers goods from sketch to store in as little as six weeks, compared to the industry average of six to nine months. In addition, Xcel uses its proprietary Integrated Technologies platform, which includes data science, trend analytics and social listening tools, to identify and execute on emerging trends and inventory opportunities. At its highest level, Xcel Brands is a solutions provider to its retail partners, acting as a virtual supply chain that gives the retailer the entire margin and works on a percentage of sales.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top Companies of the Year by the Best in Biz Awards,” said Xcel Brands Chairman and CEO, Robert D’Loren. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, and the success and innovation that we’ve brought to our brands and retail partners through our fast-to-market approach. We are looking forward to the company’s continued innovation and the growth it will drive in 2018.”

Each year, Best in Biz Award entrants span a broad spectrum, from some of the most innovative local start-ups to the most recognizable global brands such as Wells Fargo, GoDaddy, Ernst & Young. The 2017 judging panel included individuals from leading publications such as the Associated Press, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, among others.

About Xcel Brands (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant technology, design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

SOURCE: Xcel Brands/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

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Xcel Brands, Inc. debuts its H Halston women’s Fast Fashion apparel program at Dillard’s department stores and e-commerce

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce the debut of its H Halston women’s Fast Fashion or Quick Time Response (QTR) apparel program at Dillard’s department stores and e-commerce in March 2017. H Halston initially launched in Lord & Taylor and Hudson Bay department stores Spring 2016 as a partnership to support the Hudson Bay Company in their strategic initiative to offer their customers proprietary brands on a fast fashion cadence. H Halston is part of the family of Halston brands and offers sophisticated and glamorous daywear in the tradition of the brand’s minimalist design DNA.

CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert W. D’Loren remarked, “We’ve seen success with the H Halston brand’s exclusive retail partnership with Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. The next natural step was to bring this historic American brand to an additional geographic region through Dillard’s.”

With his deep knowledge of the iconic Halston DNA, global style authority and stylist Cameron Silver continues to serve as the brand’s Fashion Director.

Xcel Brands, Inc. is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on production and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design. www.xcelbrands.com

Roy Halston Frowick was the creator of luxury American fashion, whose groundbreaking designs still influence and inspire us today. Founded in the 1960’s, the HALSTON label took the fashion industry by storm. Originally known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress, and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion. The 1970’s and the era of Studio 54 became synonymous with Halston’s designs. Soon after, he was named “the premier fashion designer in America” by Newsweek. His strong connection to pop culture was evident through his friends and clients, which included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Anjelica Huston. Halston went on to create one of the best-selling fragrances of all time in his signature tear-drop shaped perfume bottle designed by Elsa Peretti. Halston created strong codes that are quintessential to the brand even to this day, as a new team of innovators continue to evolve the HALSTON legacy through the H Halston and H by Halston collections. The H Halston brand, exclusive to Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay and Dillard’s, offers true feminine glamour with effortless daywear, footwear, and accessories that easily transitions from work to cocktails.  The H by Halston brand, exclusive to QVC, is made up of versatile, minimalist daywear and accessories in functional fabrics and materials essential for building a chic, contemporary wardrobe. Global celebrity stylist and style authority Cameron Silver is the Fashion Director of the H Halston and H by Halston brands.

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Taylor
Public Relations Associate
staylor@xcelbrands.com
347-727-2483

Source: XCEL BRANDS, INC./globenewswire