the Company has a 50% interest, was created by Iconix with Madonna and Guy Oseary in March 2010 to buy, create, develop and license the Material Girl brand across a spectrum of consumer product categories. Concurrent with the formation of this joint venture, MG Icon entered a direct-to-retail exclusive license with Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc. (“Macy’s”) covering a wide array of consumer categories across the Material Girl brand. As previously disclosed, the Company was notified that Macy’s will not renew the existing license agreement for the brand subsequent to its expiration in January 2020. Currently, the brand has wholesale license agreements in hosiery and socks and will transition the apparel, intimates and sleepwear products to new partners. Celebrating its ninth year, the brand has had many notable faces for its campaigns, including Rita Ora, Zendaya, Kelly Osbourne, Sofia Richie, Taylor Momsen, Pia Mia, and Serayah.
Brands Wholly-Owned by Iconix:
Rocawear/Roc Nation. Rocawear is a youth culture brand, established by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and his partners in 1999. The Company acquired the Rocawear brand in March 2007. Rocawear is currently licensed in the United States in a variety of categories, including men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel, outerwear, footwear, jewelry and handbags. Rocawear products are sold primarily through department stores nationwide. In July 2013, the Company acquired the global rights to the “Roc Nation” name, a higher-end halo brand of Rocawear, associated with the Roc Nation entertainment and talent agency.
Starter. Founded in 1971, Starter is one of the original brands in licensed team sports merchandise and is a highly-recognized brand of athletic apparel and footwear. The Company acquired Starter in December 2007. At the time of the acquisition, the brand was distributed in the United States primarily at Wal-Mart through a number of wholesale licensees. In July 2008, the brand was converted to a direct-to-retail license with Wal-Mart and is currently sold in all stores in the United States and Canada. The Starter brand has been worn by some of the greatest athletes in MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL and the 2015 ambassadors for the brand included Kevin Love and Eric Decker. Most recently, the Company has partnered with all the major professional sports leagues and over one hundred NCAA universities throughout the U.S. through a licensee to re-launch the iconic Starter satin jacket, sold through various specialty stores, sporting goods stores and online. In 2012, the Starter Black brand was launched. Starter Black is a premium lifestyle brand extension that focuses on a fashion-forward collection of logo branded apparel and accessories and has quickly become a staple among celebrities, athletes and influencers. The Starter Black brand is sold in high-end specialty and sporting goods stores (e.g. Fanatics, Barnes and Noble College Book Stores). In the Fall of 2017, the Starter brand was launched as an exclusive distribution with Amazon as their only national brand in their private brand division. Over 300 styles across men’s, women’s, and children’s activewear and accessories launched on the site throughout 2018. Starting in 2019, Starter is the on-field provider for the Alliance of American Football league which gives a significant amount of national recognition of the brand.
Zoo York. Zoo York is an East Coast-based action lifestyle brand, named for the graffiti-art infused counterculture of 1970’s New York City. Zoo York has licenses with wholesalers covering a variety of products, including men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel, footwear, socks and accessories. The Manhattan-based brand proudly serves up a wide range of casual utilitarian looks for men and women that fuse authentic military-influenced overtones with iconic Zoo York City imagery. The Company acquired a 51% interest in the Zoo York brand as part of the Ecko Untld. acquisition in 2009, and the Company increased its ownership to 100% in 2011. Zoo York is currently distributed in department stores including JCPenney and Stage Stores. Celebrity spokespeople for the brand include professional skateboarders Chaz Ortiz.
Ecko Unltd, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew. In October 2009, the Company, through a then newly formed joint venture company IPH Unltd, acquired a 51% controlling stake in the Ecko portfolio of brands. In May 2013, the Company purchased the remaining 49% interest from its minority partner, increasing its ownership in IPH Unltd from 51% to 100%. Founded in 1993, Ecko and its various brands are marketed and sold to consumers in the youth culture lifestyle categories, including active-athletic, streetwear, collegiate/preppy and denim fashion for men, women and children. Ecko Unltd. products are sold primarily through department and specialty stores including Dillard’s and JCPenney. Ecko Unltd. brand ambassadors include professional skateboarder Manny Santiago and professional boxer Danny Garcia. Marc Ecko Cut & Sew is a halo brand, licensed in men’s apparel, outerwear, underwear, fragrance and accessories. It is distributed in boutiques, specialty stores and Dillard’s Department Store.
Artful Dodger. In November 2007, Scion, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Artful Holdings LLC, purchased the Artful Dodger brand, a high end urban apparel brand. In July 2015, the Company acquired the remaining 50% interest in the Scion joint venture which increased the Company’s ownership interest in Scion, and as a result, Artful Dodger, to 100%.
Umbro. Founded in 1924, Umbro is a global football (soccer) brand. The brand combines British heritage with a modern football lifestyle to create iconic sports apparel and footwear with high global awareness and strong global distribution. The Company acquired the Umbro brand in November 2012. The Company and its licensees sponsor more than a hundred national and professional