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Helen of Troy to Acquire Kaz

Helen of Troy to Acquire Kaz

EL PASO, Texas—Helen of Troy will purchase Kaz in a $260 million transaction that will take the personal-care giant into the health care-products and home-environment markets. The transaction is scheduled to close on Dec. 31, subject to the closing of financing for the acquisition and customary closing conditions such as regulatory approvals, according to aMore »

Ralph Lauren Partners with Visual Comfort for Lighting Line

Ralph Lauren Partners with Visual Comfort for Lighting Line

NEW YORK–Ralph Lauren Home has announced its new licensing agreement with Visual Comfort & Co. to produce lighting lines under both the Ralph Lauren Home and Lauren Home brands. The new collections will be shown at both the Dallas International Lighting Market and Maison et Objet next month. “We are pleased to partner with VisualMore »

Lexington Ends Timberlake Licensing Relationship

Lexington Ends Timberlake Licensing Relationship

HIGH POINT, N.C.–Lexington Home Brands announced today that it has elected not to renew or extend its licensing agreement with Bob Timberlake, Inc., which is set to expire at the end of the year. This decision will end a relationship that began in 1990 with Lexington’s introduction of the industry’s first major licensed lifestyle collection.More »

McAlear Tabbed as Canadian Representative for Perfect Fit

McAlear Tabbed as Canadian Representative for Perfect Fit

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Perfect Fit has named Brian McAlear to the newly created position of Canadian market representative. McAlear will lead the company’s efforts to expand its customer-service and manufacturing reach into the Canadian home-fashions and furnishings industry. Dan Hammer, Perfect Fit’s chief executive officer, said the addition of McAlear is a major step toward turning theMore »

Aspenhome Interacts with Consumers

Aspenhome Interacts with Consumers

PHOENIX–Aspenhome’s new interactive web pages help retailers attract consumers to their stores by giving consumers decorating tips and incentives to ignite their desire to purchase. “Research shows that when consumers have a question the Internet is their number one resource to find their answers,” said Renee Loper, Aspenhome director of marketing communications. “Our goal forMore »

Portico Home Reaches Deal with Hyatt, Enters Hospitality Market

Portico Home Reaches Deal with Hyatt, Enters Hospitality Market

NEW YORK–Portico Home has formed an agreement with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the hotel and resort company, that marks the eco-friendly products brand’s first appearance in the hospitality market. Under the terms of the deal, Hyatt is furnishing premier suites at its hotels with Portico Home organic-cotton sheets, pillowcases and pillow shams. The line hasMore »

Las Vegas Design Center to Host Interior Design Conference

Las Vegas Design Center to Host Interior Design Conference

LAS VEGAS–The Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas will play host to the Interior Design Society’s National Leadership Conference Jan. 22-23. The event will comprise a semiformal awards ceremony at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino on Jan. 22, and a workshop on Jan. 23 at the Design Center. The workshopMore »

Conference Program Slated for Surtex

Conference Program Slated for Surtex

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Next May’s Surtex show will present a 10-session conference program as the show marks its 25th anniversary. Titled “Future Focus: Profit from Design,” the program will include sessions that will examine a multitude of aspects of the business of art licensing and sales. It will offer three seminars on the core basics ofMore »