Ike Behar is rounding out its offering for the dressed-up man with its first license for outerwear, which will hit stores for fall 2010.
The deal partners the family-owned dress shirt maker with a new entity, Harbour International, a company formed by one of the owners of the leather coat resource Boston Harbour LLC, and an investment group from China.
“In the last six months, Ike Behar has worked to become the premier American dresswear brand,” said Behar president Alan Behar. “Since my father started making shirts, we have added neckwear, small leather goods, cuff links and, most recently, tailored clothing. It made perfect sense to complete the story with a range of dressy outerwear.”
The Ike Behar outerwear business will be headed by coat veteran Carlo Quintiliani, who joined Harbour International from Stuarts Leathers. He said retailers can expect a 20-piece collection of suit-friendly coats and jackets with modern, sophisticated styling. The coats, all 38 inches in length or shorter, will come in cashmere, luxury wools, leathers and technical materials, and will be sold at better specialty stores. “These will be coats for the guy with the corner office who wants confidence, fashion and elegance in his clothes,” Quintiliani explained.
Prices have not been set.
The license is the first indication of Harbour International’s new strategy. The previous company, founded by Thomas Lewis in 1999, eschewed the licensing market for its core leather business led by house brand Boston Harbour, which continues to gross around $20 million a year, according to market sources.
But a desire to grow the business’ production capabilities and inject financing prompted Lewis to seek new partners. He found Jay Shane, proprietor of Shane Industries, which produces leather apparel and furniture in China. Shane, Lewis and Shane’s business associate, Diana Zhang, purchased the business and its trademarks in May from Boston Harbour’s other owners for an undisclosed amount. The three partners then formed Harbour International.
In addition to the Boston Harbour trademark, the company purchased the rights to the Harbour/One and Proshield brands.
Lewis’ new partners’ office in Italy and factory in China doubled the company’s capacity, allowing the firm to pursue new ventures, such as licenses, as well as the markets above its traditional midtier businesses.
“We see the need and an opportunity to offer our customers a wide range of options, from designing in Italy to producing in countries all over the world,” said Lewis, who acts as the new company’s president and chief executive officer. “The days of operating your production from a single country are coming to an end, as delivery requirements and pricing needs to change every season.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty