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Cherokee Inc assist license agreement for new brands in Japan

Sep '05
Leading brand management company Cherokee Inc announced its client Hot Kiss Inc, highly respected American apparel, footwear and accessory company has entered into an exclusive international license agreement for its Hot Kiss and First Kiss brands with Sumikin Bussan Corporation, a major leading Japanese trading company.

Detailed terms of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed, but it includes a wide range of categories including juniors' and girls' apparel, accessories, sunglasses, watches, handbags, small leather goods and footwear. This marks the first Hot Kiss and First Kiss license agreement in Japan.

Hot Kiss Inc is a Los-Angeles-based leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of junior sportswear, denim and dresses. Founded in 1996, this trend-setting collection can be found in over 4000 specialty and department stores.

Moshe Tsabag, Chairman and CEO of Hot Kiss, said "Cherokee, with its global network, continues to successfully introduce brands throughout the world. They continue to grow customer base both domestically and internationally and look forward to making Hot Kiss a success in the Japanese market."

Larry Sass, Cherokee senior Vice President added "By bringing these two companies together, we are pleased to have completed the third international transaction for Hot Kiss. We continue to look for other licensees around the world."

Premier clients for the Cherokee brand around the world include Target Stores (U.S.), Tesco (U.K., Ireland and certain other European and Asian countries), Zellers (Canada), Carrefour (selected countries in Europe and South America) and Grupo Aviara (Mexico).

Premier clients for Cherokee's Sideout brand include Mervyn's (U.S.) and Shanghai Bolderway (China), and for Cherokee's Carole Little brands include TJX Companies (U.S., Canada and Europe). Other key clients of Cherokee include Hearst Publications and Solera Capital (U.S.).

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