Thursday, March 11, 2010

Madonna Inks Deal With Iconix; Reveals

After much speculation, Madonna has official announced her joint venture with Iconx Brand Group Inc, called MG Icon LLC, and revealed details of her exclusive juniors' collection with Macy's:

MG Icon will be 50 percent owned by Iconix and 50 percent by Madonna and Guy Oseary, her longtime manager and the “G” in the joint venture’s name. MG Icon will develop a range of fashion-related business projects, including the creation of new brands, the acquisition of existing labels and the exploration of opportunities within the portfolio of 21 brands that Iconix and its other joint ventures already own, said Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive officer of Iconix.


Under terms of the joint venture, MG Icon will hold the right to use Madonna’s name and associated personality for apparel, footwear, accessories and other products. Madonna will also provide creative input and endorsement services in connection with the development and marketing of the venture’s brands and projects.


The Material Girl line at Macy’s will launch in 200 doors and on in time for back-to-school, with the aim of expanding to almost all of the department store’s 850 doors, said Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer at Macy’s Inc.


The collection initially includes apparel, footwear, handbags and jewelry, with retail prices ranging from $12 to $40. Offerings could expand into beauty and fragrance categories next year.

Material Girl is targeted at 13- to 25-year-olds, and Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s 13-year old daughter, is serving as the muse for the line and has been involved in design meetings for the collection. “Lourdes has an incredible sense of style and her point of view on fashion has definitely been an inspiration for the line,” said Gennette. (SOURCE:
Both Macy's and Madonna are about twenty-five years too late. The 13-25 yr-old demographic is not looking to Madonna for fashion inspiration.

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