LeSportsac’s New Owner: Accessory Network Buys Brand for Over $100M

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After nearly six months of industry murmurings, the New York-based, privately held licensing and manufacturing company said that it has signed a contract to buy LeSportsac, the 31-year-old brand known for its whimsically printed nylon ripstop handbags.

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