POON UNIT GETS COLE ASIA LICENSES
NEW YORK — Not all of Dickson Poon’s attention is focused on Barneys New York. Dickson Licensing Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dickson Concepts Ltd. of Hong Kong, has signed an exclusive agreement with Kenneth Cole Productions for both retail and wholesale expansion of the Kenneth Cole New York and Kenneth Cole Reaction labels in Asia.
The deal includes opening a network of Kenneth Cole retail stores and in-store concept shops, first in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, then in China, Indonesia and Malaysia by the end of 1999. Both distribution channels will include Kenneth Cole footwear, handbags and all licensed products.
Kenneth Cole currently has one store in Hong Kong — in the Pacific Place shopping center — which has been taken over by Dickson, according to Jana Manning, director of Cole’s international division.