Xcel Brands, Inc. to work with Ariel Foxman to develop digital and media strategies and drive its data analytics effort

NEW YORK, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB)  announces Ariel Foxman will be working with their executive team as a consultant who brings more than two decades of leadership, brand building, content creation, e-Commerce execution and digital analytics experience. He will work with Xcel to fully develop digital and media strategy and drive their data analytics effort.

Prior to Xcel, Ariel was the Editorial Director for InStyle Magazine, InStyle.com and People StyleWatch, where he oversaw all content creation, media strategy, publishing and business development, as well as being accountable for all core magazines and digital platforms. His awards include earning the Fashion Media Brand of the year in 2015 from Daily Front Row as well as receiving Advertising Age’s Top Five Magazines of the Year two years in a row (2012-2013).

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

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Taylor
PR Associate
Xcel Brands, Inc.
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Xcel Brands, Inc. announces the appointment of Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands

NEW YORK, 2016-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce Christina Caruso as Creative Director for the Judith Ripka brands.

With 15 years of experience in fashion accessory and jewelry design, Caruso joins the team to collaborate with Chief Designer, Judith Ripka on all Judith Ripka labels and further extensions of the brand. Additionally, Caruso will appear frequently on QVC as a presenter of the brand’s exclusive collection for the television network. Ripka and Caruso will work together to evolve the brand’s designs while continuing to reflect the latest trends and tastes of modern women.

Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “Christina will be a huge asset for both our QVC business and the future brand projects. Her natural design sensibility and taste level echoes what Judith has created over her 38-year history in jewelry design. I am confident Christina will excite those loyal to the brand while attracting new customers through her extensive knowledge and experience in jewelry and accessory design.”

Judith Ripka, Chief Designer of Judith Ripka products, commented, “Christina’s entrepreneurial background resonated with me and the way in which I started my business. Her past work and her passion for jewelry design made her the perfect fit for this position. I’m so thrilled that Christina is joining the team and I’m truly excited to see the future of the brand with her creative direction.”

Newly appointed Creative Director, Christina Caruso commented, “Judith Ripka has inspired me as an entrepreneur from very early in my career. She is a legend in jewelry design, whose work I have admired for so long. To work alongside her and the amazing Judith Ripka team is such an honor.”

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 started her acclaimed career in 1977 and since its inception her global brand has become known for its impeccable quality and distinctive and refined designs. Both the 18k Gold collection and a Sterling Silver collection are in fine jewelry stores worldwide.  Ms. Ripka was a pioneer in interactive TV, debuting a collection on QVC in 1996 and more recently on The Shopping Channel in 2014.  Ms. Ripka serves as the Chief Designer for Judith Ripka brands, overseeing design and design direction. Among her many milestones, Ms. Ripka was chosen as one of “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” and received the DeBeer’s Award for Outstanding Jewelry Design.

Christina Caruso is the Creative Director and QVC on air guest for Judith Ripka. With 15 years of experience in fashion accessories and jewelry design, she has collaborated with Judith Ripka on invigorating the brand with the latest trends suited for a modern woman. Previously, Christina consulted as Design Director for major brands including Isaac Mizrahi Collection and Banana Republic’s jewelry and sunglasses division. Christina’s passion for the industry motivated her to teach Accessories Design to students at two renowned fashion universities in New York City: Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. She gained additional acclaim as a TV personality while she was an accessory design contestant on Lifetime’s Project Accessory in 2011. Christina embodies Judith Ripka’s entrepreneurial background and love for jewelry design, having founded her own namesake fashion jewelry and accessory line which was featured on Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

Contact:

Quin Acciani
Senior Manager
Lividini & Co
646-433-2067
quin@lividini.com

Stephanie Taylor
PR Associate
Xcel Brands, Inc.
347-727-2483
staylor@xcelbrands.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

Xcel Brands, Inc. announces multiple new licenses across its owned brands

NEW YORK, 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce multiple new licenses across its owned brands as licensees look to pursue growth in categories complementary to Xcel’s successful quick time response (QTR) apparel programs at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay stores.

CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert W. D’Loren remarked, “With the rise of a ‘see-now-buy-now’ consumer shopping mentality and the need to respond to trends as they happen, Xcel created an innovative solution to bring exclusive brands to our department store partners in a quick time response format. The rapid growth of these apparel programs has generated excitement within the licensing community across numerous complementary categories. With these new partnerships we will continue to build meaningful lifestyle brands under the IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi and H Halston labels.”

New licensees under the Isaac Mizrahi brand include tech accessories and luggage, with product set to retail in Spring 2017.  Xcel Brands, Inc. entered into a licensing agreement with Bytech NY Inc. for tech accessories for smartphones, PCs, tablets, and personal audio across the Isaac Mizrahi New York, IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, and Isaac Mizrahi Live! labels. Xcel also entered into a licensing agreement with Longlat Inc. for a collection of hard and soft luggage under the Isaac Mizrahi New York and Isaac Mizrahi Live! labels.

New licensees under the H Halston brand include sleepwear and intimates, legwear and slippers, and non-optical sunglasses and readers.  Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with Komar for women’s sleepwear and intimate apparel under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product expected to launch in Spring 2017.  Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with Gina Group LLC for women’s hosiery, socks, and legwear; men’s socks; children’s hosiery socks, and legwear; and men’s and women’s slippers under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product launching beginning in Spring 2017. Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with B. Robinson for a line of non-optical sunglasses and readers under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product launching in 2016.

Xcel has also entered into a license under its Judith Ripka jewelry brand for fashion bedding, bath, decorative pillows, window panels, and valences through a license with Bentex Group Inc./ Indecor LLC. The products will be sold at specialty retailers under the Judith Ripka Home label beginning in 2017.

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

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for almost 30 years.  Since his first collection in 1987, Mr. Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan, style.  He has been awarded four Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.”  Mr. Mizrahi is Chief Designer overseeing design and design direction for the IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, Isaac Mizrahi New York and ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! labels, which are divisions of Xcel Brands, Inc.  In 2016, Mr. Mizrahi launched his new collection IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi exclusively at Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores.  Previously, in 2009, Mr. Mizrahi launched ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! apparel and accessories on QVC.  In addition, television audiences have come to value Isaac’s media presence through his roles on “Project Runway All Stars” for Lifetime, “The Fashion Show” for Bravo and his own series for both Oxygen and the Style Network.

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, 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.

Judith Ripka is an American luxury jewelry brand that appeals to women of impeccable taste worldwide. Over the brand’s 37-year history, it has become known for an immediately identifiable design DNA rooted in a timelessness and tradition which will appear forever modern.  Known as the Queen of Hearts, Chief Designer Judith Ripka incorporates a matte finish, texturing, vibrant color, and, of course, hearts into almost every design.  Available in fine jewelry stores around the world and at judithripka.com, Judith Ripka Ltd. 18k Gold and Sterling Silver designs have been worn by notable celebrates such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Hudson and Rose Byrne.  Judith Ripka Ltd. was ranked as one of the top five fine jewelry brands in the US by Women’s Wear Daily in 2013, and is perceived as one of the most desirable and trusted luxury jewelry brands in the world. The brand also designs an accessible luxury line under the Judith Ripka jewelry label which has been exclusive to QVC since 1997.

For further information please contact:

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

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire