Xcel Brands appoints Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) the appointment of Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors. A leading global retail analyst, Weinswig is the Managing Director of FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology), the think tank for the Hong Kong-based Fung Group.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brands, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to add Deborah to our board of directors. She is a highly respected innovator in retail and technology and brings deep expertise and thought leadership to our organization. I look forward to working together to drive change and develop new solutions for today’s retail challenges.”

As Managing Director of FGRT, Weinswig built the team’s research capabilities and provided insights into the advanced technologies that are changing the global retail industry. Earlier, Weinswig served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research. She was ranked as the #1 analyst by Institutional Investor for 9 consecutive years, and in 2012 was named one of Business Insider’s “36 Best Analysts on Wall Street.”

“It is exciting to be joining the board of Xcel Brands, a company I have long admired for its bold leadership in disrupting the retail environment,” commented Weinswig. “The combined forces of Xcel’s senior executive team and board of directors will continue to leverage breakthrough technologies that expand the business and create greater value to shareholders, retail partners, and consumers.”

Weinswig is a member of the advisory board of numerous accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator, where she serves as faculty mentor; The Cage, a Hong Kong–based accelerator powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group; Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator; Grand Central Tech; New York Fashion Tech Lab; Plug and Play; Revtech Accelerator; Techstars; TrueStart (UK); and XRC Labs. Weinswig also serves as an advisor to companies such as Eventable, Enterworks, Fashwire, LincGlobal, Nanopay, Rich Receipts, Smartzer, Tooso, SupplyAI, TigerTrade, and TRIVVER.

Weinswig was named among the top five retail influencers of 2018 and 2017 by Vend, the cloud-based point-of-sale and retail platform, and is a recipient of the Asia Retail Congress’s Retail Leadership Award.
In addition, she serves as an e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC’s) Research Task Force and was a founding member of the Oracle Retail Industry Strategy Council. She is a member of the board of directors of Kiabi (affiliated with the Auchan Group); an executive board member of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona; and an advisory board member of the World Retail Congress and a founding member of the Goodwill Retail Advisory Council.  She also serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations, including GoodXChange and Street Soccer USA.

Ms. Weinswig’s appointment to Xcel’s board fills a vacancy following the retirement of Edward Jones.  In accordance with Xcel’s board procedures, Ms. Weinswig will be a candidate for re-election to the board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.

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.

Contact:
Stephanie Taylor
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc/globenewswire

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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Judith Ripka launches a new casual fine jewelry line RIPKA

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB), owner of leading global jewelry brand Judith Ripka, today (Dec 4, 2017) announced the launch of RIPKA, a new casual fine jewelry line featuring 14K gold, available exclusively at Lord & Taylor and on judithripka.com.

Modern with a distinctive interpretation of today’s casual trends, the 14K gold designs also feature diamonds and gemstones such as amethyst, rhodolite and sapphire. Judith Ripka, who started her eponymous brand 40 years ago, said, “In designing this new casual collection, I was inspired by the way women are styling my pieces as part of their everyday wardrobe. I drew my artistic influence from the architecture and wonders of the Mediterranean coastline. I am excited to debut RIPKA in time for the holiday season as its wearability makes it ideal for gifting.”

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands, commented, “We are thrilled to celebrate the debut of the RIPKA line.  Judith’s ability to transform her brand from a single retail outlet to a global business that has achieved over $2 billion in retail sales is a testament to her extraordinary talent and passionate following. Judith has proven to be a visionary ahead of her time, and we look forward to continued brand momentum ahead.”

Among her many accomplishments, Judith recently received the 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day “Accessories Pioneer Award” during a celebration at the United Nations that was livestreamed in 144 countries. Other career milestones include receiving the prestigious DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design and her induction into the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In addition to her presence at Lord & Taylor and other fine jewelry retailers worldwide, Judith is now in her 20th year at QVC, where she was the first female jewelry designer to have her own show.

ABOUT XCEL BRANDS, INC. (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 through direct-response television, e-commerce, and brick and mortar retail channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant 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.

ABOUT JUDITH RIPKA LTD. (www.judithripka.com
As luxurious as they are timeless, Judith Ripka’s iconic designs are sought-after by women from across the globe who have fallen in love with her striking compositions and extraordinary eye for detail.  Judith’s devotees appreciate the way each exquisite style captures one of life’s beautiful moments, making it natural – and effortless – to wear her pieces forever. As seen on celebrities, CEOs and fashionable women everywhere, each piece reflects Judith’s distinctive ability to translate modern trends into enduring wearability. @judithripka

Contact:

Stephanie Taylor
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Xcel Brands extends Isaac Mizrahi brand to home, fashion and beauty categories

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) today (Nov. 02, 2017) announced the expansion of the Isaac Mizrahi brand with three launches across the home, fashion and beauty categories, extending the Mizrahi portfolio in both reach and diversification.

Debuting exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond® is a collection of stylish bedding from Isaac Mizrahi Home, developed in partnership with Royal Heritage Home, a leading textile company.  Now available online and at Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide, the collection features three chic bedding sets in colorful floral, black and white floral, and polka dot, complemented by a selection of decorative accent pillows for a curated Mizrahi interior.  To view the collection and watch a video featuring Isaac Mizrahi attempting to put his insomnia to bed.

The highly successful IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi apparel and accessories collection, epitomizing timeless cosmopolitan style, has now expanded to Dillard’s, in addition to its popular presence at Lord & Taylor in the U.S. and Hudson’s Bay in Canada.  The collection offers contemporary daywear and career wear for the confident woman who does it all, featuring wardrobe essentials in black and white, signature Isaac prints, and bright color: view IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi at Dillard’s.

October also marks the launch of Isaac Mizrahi L♥ves Revlon.  This collaboration puts the fun in functionality with the debut of a nine-piece limited edition beauty tools collection, including manicure essentials, eyelash curler, eyebrow tweezers and a chic compact. These fashionable tools feature Mizrahi’s signature stripes, polka dots, gingham, and a bold floral from his archive. The collaboration will continue with a second set of beauty tools in 2018.  Shop the collection at retailers nationwide.

CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert D’Loren said, “Across all categories, Isaac Mizrahi’s loyal fans and followers are always looking for new ways to bring more of Isaac’s incredible style into their lives through high quality apparel and products.  We are pleased to be expanding our collections, as we continue to build upon the success of this powerhouse brand.”

Isaac Mizrahi added: “My desire to make the everyday more exciting through color and pattern is at the core of everything I design.  Whether in a closet, bedroom or medicine cabinet, great style adds pizazz — and why not take every opportunity to fill your life and home with things that make you happy?”

Xcel Brands, Inc. acquired the Isaac Mizrahi brand in 2011.  Product is available on interactive television at QVC and The Shopping Channel, and at leading retailers nationwide in categories including apparel, accessories, footwear, home goods, eyewear, textiles, travel accessories, crafts, tech accessories, textiles and infant wear.

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) 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

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years.  Since his first collection in 1987, Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan, style.  He has been awarded four CFDA Fashion Awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Mizrahi is Chief Designer for both the ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! and IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi labels, which are each divisions of Xcel Brands, Inc. In the Spring of 2016, Mizrahi launched IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s department stores.  Previously, in 2009, Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC.  Television audiences have come to value Mizrahi’s media presence through his roles on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” and other appearances on television where he offers his expertise on fashion and style.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Taylor
staylor@xcelbrands.com
347-727-2483

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc. /globenewswire

Xcel Brands announces new, exclusive licensing agreement with Stars Design Group to manufacture its menswear collections

SEASONED RETAIL EXECUTIVE NEAL KUSNETZ, NAMED PRESIDENT OF MENSWEAR, WILL LEAD XCEL’S MENSWEAR DIVISION

NEW YORK, 2017-Oct-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB), a leading retail innovator, announced today (Oct. 05, 2017) a new, exclusive licensing agreement with Stars Design Group, Inc. to manufacture its menswear collections. Concurrent with this appointment, Neal Kusnetz will serve as President of Menswear for Xcel Brands, where he will oversee the licensing and growth of Menswear for Xcel.  Mr. Kusnetz will also serve as President of Stars Design Group’s Men’s Retail Division where he will oversee sales efforts for the company under Xcel’s brands. Together, these advancements position Xcel Brands for new growth opportunities by providing new and iconic branding in menswear apparel to retailers.

“We are enthusiastic about the growth of Menswear at Xcel Brands, and are confident in the expertise of both Stars Design Group and Neal Kusnetz to accelerate our success in this category,” commented Robert D’Loren, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands. “We’re pleased to be working with a cutting-edge manufacturer like Stars Design Group, and we’re confident that Neal’s background in unifying media and retail into singular brand experiences will help drive new solutions for our retail partners.”

An industry leader with over twenty years of experience in design and global production for apparel brands in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Stars Design Group will manage the production of Xcel Brands’ menswear collections for the H Halston and Highline Collective brands, both of which are currently available exclusively at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Xcel Brands, which is recognized throughout the retail industry for its strong brands, innovative business model, and forward thinking approach that creates truly seamless shopping experiences,” commented Bret Schnitker, CEO and President of Stars Design Group. “We are encouraged by the success that Xcel has achieved to date and the positive impact this particular strategy has had on the bottom line for retail partners.”

Neal Kusnetz will leverage over two decades of experience in fashion and retail to oversee the expansion of menswear at Xcel. Prior to joining Xcel Brands, Mr. Kusnetz was Partner and Senior Advisor of The Convergence Lab, a business development, R&D and consultancy think-tank focused on the convergence of technology, media and retail. Earlier, Mr. Kusnetz co-founded Robert Graham, the luxury men’s lifestyle and fashion brand, and served as the brand’s President for nearly 15 years.

“I was drawn to the Xcel Brands and Stars partnership because of its innovative, forward-thinking approach to apparel and retail, which aligned so well with my background,” said Neal Kusnetz, President of Menswear at Xcel Brands. “I’m excited to join a team that’s disrupting the way retail does business, and I’m looking forward to expanding its reach and distribution in menswear.”

With the addition of Mr. Kusnetz and the new licensing agreement with Stars Design Group, Xcel Brands will continue to meet growing consumer demand for unique, high-value fashionable menswear. Xcel’s innovative business model generates $500 million in retail sales across all of its distribution channels.

ABOUT XCEL BRANDS, INC. (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) 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 design, 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.

ABOUT STARS DESIGN GROUP, INC. (www.starsdesigngroup.com)
Stars Design Group, Inc. founded in 2000, is a global full-service apparel manufacturing group specializing in leading technologies to support clients from design, product development, production to delivery. Stars partners Bret Schnitker, Gerry Leonard, and John Seramur lead the global management team that combined have over 100 years of experience in apparel design, manufacturing and finance. The uniquely balanced approach of innovative virtually real 3D Design services, comprehensive fabric and trim libraries in multiple classifications, in depth knowledge of technical fit, constructions, dyeing, finishing and assembly, hands on production experience, comprehensive quality control, full logistics and in-house customs brokerage ensure consistent execution on multiple fronts. In addition, the production footprint of over 67 factories in 14 countries enables Stars Design Group to effectively manage broad classifications of apparel to meet the objectives and demands of the current marketplace.

Media Contact:
Eleana Collins
Warschawski
eleana.collins@warschawski.com
410.367.2700 ext. 127

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Xcel Brands signs exclusive license agreement with Pranda North America, Inc. for Judith Ripka LTD. fine jewelry product lines

NEW YORK, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) has executed an exclusive license agreement with Pranda North America, Inc. to manufacture its Judith Ripka LTD. fine jewelry product lines. For the last 18 years, Pranda has been a trusted manufacturer of the Judith Ripka branded product lines.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brand’s Inc. remarked, “This collaboration marks a new chapter and an exciting future for our fine jewelry businesses and we are pleased to expand our partnership with Pranda.”

ABOUT XCEL BRANDS, INC. (www.xcelbrands.com)
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) 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 design, 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

JUDITH RIPKA LTD. (www.judithripka.com)
Judith Ripka Ltd. is an American luxury jewelry brand that appeals to women of impeccable taste worldwide. Over the brand’s 40-year history, it has become known for an immediately identifiable design DNA rooted in a timelessness and tradition which will appear forever modern. Available in the fine department and specialty jewelry stores around the world, Judith Ripka Ltd. 18k Gold and Sterling Silver designs have been worn by notable celebrates such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Hudson and Rose Byrne.  A favorite among fashion trend setters, celebrities and style conscious women everywhere, Judith Ripka Ltd. was ranked as one of the top five fine jewelry brands in the US by Women’s Wear Daily in 2013. www.judithripka.com

Media Contact:

Stephanie Taylor
Xcel Brands Inc.
staylor@xcelbrands.com
347.727.2483

Source: Xcel Brands Inc./globenewswire