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March 8, 2024: Elite Footwear Group, a Prime Footwear Group subsidiary, has secured new shoe licensing agreements for both the C&C California and Rachel by Rachel Roy labels. The two brands, which are owned by ACI Licensing, will launch their first footwear collections under the deal in fall 2024 nationwide through leading department stores and boutiques. The new assortment from Rachel by Rachel Roy will span a range of categories including active, casual, and dress shoes, along with a selection of sandals, boots, and booties. For C&C California, the collection will feature an array of active, casual, dress, boots, booties and slippers. According to Elite Footwear Group, both lines will cater to the opening price point segment. “We are thrilled to welcome C&C California and Rachel by Rachel Roy to the Elite Footwear Group family,” Charles Dweck, head of sales for Elite Footwear Group, said in a statement. “These iconic brands epitomize contemporary fashion and resonate strongly with our vision of providing stylish yet affordable footwear options to customers across the USA.”

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Jan. 29, 2024: JD Sports has sold its apparel brand licensing subsidiary Focus Brands to Hela Apparel Holdings PLC, a Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer. Focus Brands holds licensing agreements for the design and distribution of Ellesse and Nautica as well as other brands across the UK, EU and other markets. “The addition of Focus Brands to the Hela Group is a watershed moment for us as an organisation,” chairman of Hela Apparel Holdings PLC A. R. Rasiah said in a statement. “We see immense potential to build significant synergies with our existing manufacturing business, supported by the addition of a Focus Brands well-experienced team of over 200 who have a proven track record of successfully growing major apparel brands.”

NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES - 2020/02/20: American apparel brand Nautica stall seen in a Macy's department store in New York City. (Photo Illustration by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
ANautica stall seen in a Macy’s department store in New York City. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Jan. 22, 2024: True Religion has inked a new footwear licensing agreement with Orly Corporation, a New York-based wholesale distribution company, as the global accessories brand gears up to launch a footwear collection for men, women and kids in Fall 2024. Prices for the collection will be between $55 and $200. “As we continue to broaden our lifestyle portfolio, we’re pleased to enter into a new footwear partnership,” said True Religion CEO Michael Buckley in a statement. “Orly, our new licensee, takes a customer-first approach to everything they do, which is in alignment with how we run our business. We look forward to being able to provide full head-to-toe looks to our consumers thanks to this unique category extension for the brand.”

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True Religion shoes from 2017. Courtesy of True Religion

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