Holubar Mountaineering Brand to Be Relaunched in U.S.

Holubar has a long history and yet is virtually unknown in the American market today. But former Woolrich executive Patrick Nebiolo is out to change that.
The mountaineering brand can trace its roots back to 1946 when Alice and Roy Holubar introduced the first lightweight down sleeping bags made from nylon fabric. They later expanded into outdoor apparel and at their peak also operated 10 stores throughout the U.S. The Boulder, Colo.-based brand also made the parka that Robert De Niro wore in “The Deer Hunter.”
After several decades of strong growth in the Sixties and Seventies, the brand was sold to Johnson Wax in 1975 and then to one of its primary competitors, The North Face, in 1981, which stopped producing the line and renamed its stores The North Face.
At the end of the Nineties, an Italian group led by entrepreneur Alberto Raengo purchased Holubar from The North Face and reintroduced the brand to the European market in 2012. Now Fashion Box USA, a new business created by Nebiolo, the former managing director of Woolrich Inc., has acquired the North American license and is relaunching the brand for fall. He serves as group president and chief executive officer, while Raengo is

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Duck Head to Be Relaunched Under Oxford Industries

Just over a year ago, Oxford Industries quietly bought the Duck Head trademark. But at the end of this month, the Atlanta-based manufacturer is going to make some noise as it relaunches the venerable men’s wear brand.
“There’s a lot of resonance with this brand,” said Wesley Howard, president of Oxford’s Lanier Clothes division, which is spearheading the return of the Duck Head label. ”It speaks to the authority of the brand — there’s a lot of emotional connection.”
Duck Head traces its history to 1865 when two Nashville brothers, George and Joe O’Bryan, turned duck — heavy canvas used for Army tents — into sturdy work pants and overalls. The company’s pants with their mallard logo became a wardrobe staple and were especially popular in the South. The company changed hands several times over the years and in 2013 was sold to Prospect Brands LLC, a joint venture between apparel industry veteran Tom Nolan and McCarthy Capital Fund V, an Omaha-based private equity firm. Although Prospect had big plans to revitalize the brand, they were never realized and Nolan resigned as president and chief executive officer early last year.
For the past year, Howard, along with former Tommy Bahama ceo Terry Pillow,

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Adriano Goldschmied Designs Relaunched Edwin Jeans Line

Japanese premium denim brand Edwin Jeans is returning to the North American market with a new collection designed by Adriano Goldschmied, the Los Angeles-based denim guru.
Founded more than 70 years ago in Japan, Edwin has been known for utilizing exclusive fabrics, revolutionary production technologies with state-of-the-art finishing. Known as “the Levi’s of Japan,” the brand has more than 2,000 points of sale throughout Japan and Europe and 32 company-owned stores in Japan.

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“The goal is to make Edwin the only global Japanese denim brand,” said Goldschmied, who has long admired and worked with Japanese denim companies. “They are one of my main inspirations because they love indigo and they are amazing at developing product.”
The new Edwin collection is designed at Goldschmied’s studios in Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, and the company’s main headquarters are in East Tokyo, hence the new slogan “From East Tokyo to East L.A.” The first collection will be a limited capsule collection for men and women, available for holiday 2017 retail, followed by a focused collection of stand-alone items for spring 2018. Staying true to the roots of the brand, the collection will be manufactured in Japan. Retail prices range from $ 225 to

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JNCO Brand to Be Relaunched

Remember the superwide-leg JNCO jeans from a couple of decades ago? They’re back.

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