Altice USA Pools Cheddar, i24 News Resources to Expand U.S. Coverage

The news division of cable operator Altice USA is expanding the scope of its national coverage on the heels of buying digital startup Cheddar for $ 200 million in April. As of today, Cheddar anchors will deliver a daily block of domestic-focused news coverage on Altice’s i24 News, the international news channel funded as a private […]

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Iconix to Expand Starter Label in South Korea

Iconix Brand Group Inc. has entered into a three-year licensing deal with Sparks Glencoe Korea Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fila Korea Ltd., to expand its Starter athletic brand in South Korea.
Under the agreement, Sparks Glencoe Korea Co. Ltd. will have the exclusive license to design, manufacture and market Starter and the new Starter Black Label footwear and underwear in South Korea. The new Black Label line will launch at retail later this year.
“Iconix’s new licensing deal for Starter is part of our strategy to grow our brands internationally,” said Bob Galvin, chief executive officer and president of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “This new partnership reinforces Starter’s strong brand recognition around the world, and we look forward to collaborating with the Sparks Glencoe Korea team to further develop the brand.”
Starter, which was launched in 1971, is one of 30 brands in Iconix Brand Group’s portfolio of consumer brands.

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Why the NHL should expand the playoffs

In his weekly Wysh List, Greg Wyshynski makes his case for expanding the NHL playoffs. Plus, Gritty continues to shine.
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Chanel Métiers d’Art to Expand Presence at Hyères Festival

HYÈRES HYÈRES: The luxury brands have been steadily moving in on the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, and for the next edition in April 2019 expect a bigger presence from Chanel Métiers d’Art.
The festival in April featured an exhibition of Maison Lemarié creations produced in collaboration with the house’s artistic director, Christelle Kocher, who also presided over the accessories jury. But for next time, “We’re working on a project that will involve all 12 of the Chanel Métiers d’Art houses,” said festival founder Jean-Pierre Blanc, who recently opened the call for entries for 2019. Candidates have until Dec. 21 to apply. Blanc, who at the event’s last edition bemoaned the dearth of anglophone candidates, said Fabio Piras, MA fashion program course director at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, will attend the next festival.
In terms of signatures versus France’s other high-profile fashion prizes like the LVMH Prize and ANDAM, Hyères has always been about spotlighting young talents straight out of school, he said. Past Hyères festival winners include Paco Rabanne’s Julien Dossena, Viktor & Rolf’s Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello. Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, who since scooping the main fashion prize

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Bonobos to Expand Into Big and Tall

Bonobos is now targeting the big guy.
The Walmart-owned men’s brand today will launch an extended sizes collection that will include everything from suits, dress shirts and neckwear to sport shirts and knitwear.
Brad Andrews, copresident, said expanding into extended sizing “is a natural extension for us. We’re a brand built on better-fitting clothes and we feel this is an underserved market.”
Extended sizing has long been a challenge for most traditional brick-and-mortar retailers since it requires an investment into inventory in a wide range of sizes that may not move quickly. The biggest player in the field is Destination XL, which has more than 340 retail stores and an e-commerce site that sells branded as well as private-label goods.
“The fact that we’re e-commerce gives us an advantage as we’re able to deliver a broader size range,” Andrews said.
A dedicated landing page for the offering will launch today where Bonobos will talk about the details of the collection. It will also be marketed in all stores and store windows as well as in a catalogue that will be mailed this week.
“We spent a lot of time on the details,” Andrews said. For instance, woven shirts have a lowered neck drop, a two-piece sleeve

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Larry and Toby Milstein Expand ‘Millennial Pink Party’ Into Weekend Long Retreat

The second annual Millennial Pink Party takes to the Hamptons this weekend, and this year the concept has been expanded into a full weekend of events with the help of partners like BCBGeneration, Bloomingdale’s and The Class by Taryn Toomey.
Millennial Pink Party made its debut last year as the re-branded take on the Milstein family’s annual summer Hamptons bash. Real estate scions Larry and Toby Milstein embraced the rosy hue and moved the party to the Breakers in Montauk to lure the young Manhattan social crowd for the party, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign.
After its success, the one-night event has grown into a weekend, which begins tonight with a private beachside dinner hosted by Whispering Angel. The guest list for Friday night is made up of the Millennial Pink Founders Collective, who are categorized as “a handpicked group of 25 VIP taste makers who will serve as social ambassadors for the Millennial Pink community and provide creative direction on the event.”
Come Saturday, celebrity workout favorite Taryn Toomey will host a session of her workout The Class for guests, followed by the official party at night and a brunch to close things out on Sunday.
The event last year raised more than $ 15,000 for

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Iranian Fashion Company Persian Idea to Expand in Europe

LOOKING WEST: Persian Idea, a family-run fashion company based in Tehran, is looking to expand its presence in Europe.
Following its European debut at Pitti Uomo earlier this month with a men’s wear collection presented on the Baglioni Hotel’s rooftop, the company unveiled on Tuesday its plans to grow internationally with the opening of showrooms in Milan and Paris by the end of 2019.
“I think political turmoil could slow down our expansion, but I’m confident we will have both units opened in 2019,” explained Javad Sedghamiz, chief executive officer of the company, which runs the Persian Idea fashion brand.
Focused on growing a local community of fashion designers and keeping the entire pipeline in Iran, the company leverages sustainable production processes and has plans to expand its technological research and development hub, too.
Rather than a fashion brand helmed by one designer, Persian Idea organizes two contests a year, selecting each time a group of eight winning designers among the most talented applicants. The group of designers is committed to developing the seasonal collections for men and women. The collections are focused on a genderless approach and are rooted in the country’s cultural DNA.
Sedghamiz stressed his commitment to open Middle Eastern and Iranian

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Apple Looks to Expand Advertising Business With New Network for Apps

Apple has met with Snap, Pinterest and others about participating in an Apple network that would distribute ads across apps.
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British Movie Distributor Signature Set to Expand Following FFI Deal

British movie distributor Signature Entertainment, which has released more than 600 titles since launching seven years ago, is set to expand still further following its acquisition by FFI Holdings. Signature acts as an aggregator for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky, as well as other streaming services. Signature’s recent releases include “Beyond Skyline,” starring Frank Grillo […]

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Should the NHL expand its postseason field?

More than half of the NHL’s 31 teams qualify for the playoffs under the current format. GMs are game to add more. Would a one-off wild-card round add drama? Or could “play-in” games cheapen the glorious war of attrition that is waged through four rounds?
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Fintage House Buys Lasso Group to Expand in Online Rights Collections (EXCLUSIVE)

Rights management specialist Fintage House has bought Lasso Group, touted as one of the fastest-growing online monetization companies in the world, for an undisclosed price, Variety has learned exclusively. Three-year-old Lasso was originally established as a joint venture by Fintage House and UK digital start-up Billion Dollar Boy. The acquistion is aimed at positioning Fintage […]

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Craig Green Collaborates With Grenson on Footwear Range, Plans to Expand Into Accessories

LONDON — Craig Green has teamed with the British footwear brand Grenson on a capsule range as he prepares to stride fully into the accessories space later this year.
“The basis of the new collection is molding and creating volume and excess within garments,” Green said. The designer’s theme of molding also informed his footwear design as he aimed to create shoes from metal.
“When we started working on the shoes with Grenson, it was almost the idea of attempting to make the shoes look like toy soldier shoes,” Green said.
Green wasn’t given a brief and had creative freedom to design. He said he enjoyed adding his own twist to the brand’s classic style.
“It was as if you took them out of a mold and you are left with the central ridge on the toe-line — that kind of idea,” Green said. He said he added excess fold flaps to cover the laces, which resulted in a protective and workwear aesthetic that suited the brand’s ethos. Most of his collections are based around, uniform, workwear and functionality.
Green had dabbled in shoe design in the past. As a student, he created an eight-style range for Bally of Switzerland and he also collaborated with

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Wyshynski’s Weekly Reader: When will the NHL expand internationally?

The NHL’s preseason foray into Beijing could be a harbinger of expansion. “We’re going to work to grow the game in places like China, where there isn’t a presence of hockey,” commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN. Plus, is it OK to pile on Kris Russell?
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Kering Partners With UniFrance to Expand Women in Motion Program

WOMEN ON THE MOVE: Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, said on Tuesday it has signed a two-year deal with UniFrance, the agency dedicated to promoting French films around the world, to expand the scope of its Women in Motion initiative worldwide.
Launched in Cannes in 2015, the program hopes to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector through talks open to journalists and film professionals. Last year, guests included Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Chloë Sevigny and Salma Hayek Pinault.
Under the terms of the new partnership, Women in Motion will have a presence at several international film events, including the French Film Festival in Japan organized by UniFrance in Tokyo from June 22 to 25. Isabelle Giordano, general director of UniFrance, will host one of the talks at the Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.
Further Women in Motion talks are planned during the Elle Active forum in Shanghai on May 13, in partnership with the Chinese edition of Elle magazine, and in Japan on June 17 as part of the Women in Society event organized by Elle Japan.

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Strellson to Expand Reach in Canada, U.S.

TORONTO, Canada — After opening a North American flagship in Toronto in 2012, Strellson, the upscale Swiss men’s wear brand, is planning a major expansion in Canada and the U.S. in a move designed to feed the Millennial businessman’s hunger for affordable work attire.
Over the next four years, the label, which targets 25- to 40-year-old professionals, will open eight to 10 freestanding stores across Canada, including one in Vancouver this fall, followed by 2016 openings in Ottawa’s Rideau Center and Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Center.
Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal are also on the rollout list, according to Mark Altow, president of Strellson North America. The stores will be 1,800-2,000 square feet, he said, but the company is not ready to reveal the exact locations.
Strellson’s ongoing retail partnership with Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay Co. will change. The retailer currently operates 19 shops-in-shop for Strellson in its HBC stores, a number that will rise to 25, Altow said.
“Frankly, we were surprised by the numbers we’ve seen within the [Hudson’s] Bay [Co. stores],” said Altow. “A year ago, for example, we opened in the Bay at Yorkdale. We thought we would see a 30 to 40 percent increase in revenue. But in one year,

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IMG, SGIA Collaborate to Expand Shenzhen Fashion Week

IMG seeks to leverage its relationships with top media, models and designers to help international designers break into China.

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