FINDINGS

BAGGING JOE BOXER: Handbags are the latest accessory to be added to the Joe Boxer roster of merchandise. The company has entered into a licensing agreement with Worldwide Dreams LLC to produce and distribute handbags and small leather goods for men, women and children, which will bow in stores for spring 2001.
In addition to handbags, the extensive assortment will include backpacks, messenger bags, duffel bags, computer cases, cell phone cases, cosmetics bags, travel kits and men’s belts and will be targeted to better department and specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada. Wholesale prices will range roughly from $10 to $20.
Marshall Ackerman, vice president of sales at Worldwide Dreams declined to provide a first-year projection for the lines.
In addition to its signature pajamas and underwear, Joe Boxer brand merchandise also includes sunglasses and prescription eyewear. Worldwide Dreams also produces handbags and related accessories for firms including Oscar de la Renta, Adrienne Vittadini, Samsonite and Revlon.

COOLER TANS: For those juniors and tweens looking to match their tans with their summer coolers, The Accessories Place has produced a licensed line of cooler bags for Coppertone.
The coolers come in a variety of styles including heart and circular shapes with prints such as flowers, hearts and fish. They are merchandised with little added value gimmicks such as water bottles, flashlights or beach balls and some are sold in a tote-style packaging.
“We wanted to make a fashion type of cooler which we feel is new and exciting,” said Howard Katz, president of The Accessories Place.
The coolers wholesale prices range from $3.50 to $8 and March delivery, with planned distribution in mass market retail.

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