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ICONIX BRAND GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/28/2019
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teams worldwide. Umbro products are sold globally through a strong network of licensees and partners in the United States, Canada, Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India and Latin America.

Lee Cooper. Founded in 1908, Lee Cooper is an iconic British denim brand that has expanded into multiple lifestyle categories including men’s, women’s and kids’ casual wear, footwear and accessories. The Company acquired the Lee Cooper brand in February 2013. Lee Cooper has global reach through more than 40 licensees with product sold in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India and Latin America.

Hydraulic IP Holdings, LLC - Hydraulic.  In December 2014, the Company formed a joint venture with Top On International Group Limited in which the Company effectively purchased a 51% interest in the Hydraulic trademarks and related assets. In April 2018, the Company acquired the remaining 49% ownership interest from its joint venture partner.  This transaction resulted in the Company effectively increasing its ownership interest in Hydraulic to 100%. Hydraulic was founded in New York in 1998 and is known for setting the blue jean standard in the denim market for junior’s, women’s and plus sizes. Hydraulic differentiates itself from other denim brands by positioning itself with the theme that all denim was not created equally. Hydraulic is currently distributed in department stores and is licensed for women’s apparel in the United States.

Brands Held by Iconix with Joint Venture Partners:

Hardy Way-Ed Hardy.  In May 2009, the Company acquired a 50% interest in Hardy Way, the owner of the Ed Hardy brand and trademarks. In April 2011, the Company made an additional investment in Hardy Way which effectively increased its ownership interest to 85%. Don Ed Hardy and his artwork date back to 1967 when he transformed the tattoo business into an artistic medium. He began licensing his name and artwork for apparel in 2003 and today the Ed Hardy brand is recognized by its tattoo inspired lifestyle products. The brand is licensed to wholesalers in the United States for men’s, women’s, and kids’ apparel, fragrance, footwear and accessories. Distribution in the United States includes a wide base of retail stores, from Target to Walgreens. Celebrities that have worn the brand include Shakira, Lil Wayne, Madonna, Dwight Howard, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria.

Icon Modern Amusement—Modern Amusement.  In December 2012, the Company entered into an agreement with Dirty Bird Productions, Inc., in which the Company purchased a 51% interest in the Modern Amusement trademarks and related assets. Modern Amusement is a premium, west coast-lifestyle brand with a focus on casual sportswear apparel and related accessories for young men and young women. Modern Amusement has a direct-to-retail license in the U.S. with PacSun which distributes men’s apparel and footwear.

Buffalo Brand Joint Venture—Buffalo by David Bitton.  In February 2013, the Company formed a joint venture with Buffalo International ULC in which the Company effectively purchased a 51% interest in the Buffalo trademarks and related assets. Founded in 1985, Buffalo is a lifestyle brand consisting of denim, sportswear, active wear, and accessories. Buffalo is sold primarily through better department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Lord & Taylor.

NGX, LLC—Nick Graham.  In October 2014, the Company formed a joint venture with NGO, LLC (“Nick Graham”) in which the Company purchased a 51% interest in the Nick Graham trademarks and related assets. Founded in 2013, Nick Graham is a men’s lifestyle brand.  The Company sold its ownership interest in NGX, LLC in July 2017.

US Pony Holdings, LLC – Pony / Product of New York.  In February 2015, the Company through its newly-formed subsidiary, US Pony Holdings, LLC, acquired the North American rights to the Pony / Product of New York brand. These rights include the rights in the United States obtained from Pony, Inc. and Pony International, LLC, and the rights in Mexico and Canada obtained from Super Jumbo Holdings Limited. US Pony Holdings, LLC is owned 75% by the Company and 25% by its partner, Anthony L&S Athletics, LLC. Since acquiring the brand, the Company has entered into footwear, apparel and hosiery licensing contracts.  The brand is distributed in mid-tier department stores, specialty stores and sporting goods stores.

Formed in 1972 in New York City, PONY became one of the top athletic footwear brands worldwide in the 1990’s appearing on professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Pro Soccer, Pro Tennis, and Pro Boxing.  In Q4 2015, the Company launched its current multi-faceted marketing campaign highlighting the acronym for Pony, Product of New York.  The digital and social media campaign aimed at millennials, paid homage to the brand’s New York City roots.


Brands Wholly-Owned by Iconix:

Cannon. Established in 1887, Cannon is a brand with a powerful heritage and products that are known for their high quality, easy care and appeal to a broad range of consumers.  One of the most recognized home brands, Cannon delivers a consistent quality at an affordable price.  It is known as the first textile brand to sew logos onto products.  The Company acquired Cannon as part of the 2007 Pillowtex acquisition.  At the time of the acquisition, the brand was distributed in various regional department stores.  In


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