As we begin 2024, License Global looks back at the last 12 months and picks out some key interviews from magazine issues in 2023. Finally, it’s Fashion.

Ian Hart, Senior Digital Editor U.K. & EMEA

January 5, 2024

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In February, Federico Bobbio, associate director, licensing, IMG, spoke about the continued growth of UFC’s licensed apparel/consumer products line

With Playboy celebrating its 70th anniversary, Allison Kopcha, chief business development officer and licensing, Playboy, looked into its recent rebrand and how its transitions over the years have helped the brand stay relevant. 

As Tommy Bahama celebrated three decades of island life, Doug Wood, chief executive officer, and Chrisann Furciato, executive vice president, DTG, licensing and home, explored how the company went from silk shirts to a global lifestyle brand

Licensing industry veteran Steven Heller outlined what’s next for The Brand Liaison.  

Jeff Lotman, founder, Global Icons, reflected on 25 years of licensing and working with bold-faced names across entertainment, retail and more. 

Winnie Park, chief executive officer, Forever 21, discussed how the company is co-creating with its consumers (and licensing partners) as it undergoes a brand evolution. 

Sam Hafif, chief executive officer, Concept One Accessories, explained how the business has gone from a singular line to a power player in the licensing space

Read the February issue of License Global. 

In June, Josh Silverman, chief franchise officer and global head of consumer products, Mattel, shared how the legendary toy company charts a course from nostalgia to new horizons

The Pink Panther turned 60, and he’s as hot as ever, according to Robert Marick, head, MGM consumer products, MGM. 

Bruno Maglione, president, licensing, IMG, discussed the latest trends in fashion licensing across sports and art. 

Kate Dwyer, senior director, licensing, The Coca-Cola Company, highlighted what has made Coca-Cola a licensing icon

Allison Ames, president and chief executive officer, Beanstalk, shared trends, licensing with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, new deals in LATAM and the latest agency news. 

Marie Van Buggenhout, licensing manager, softlines and business development, IMPS/LAFIG, discussed Smurf’s values in fashion

Brandgenuity partners Adina Avery-Grossman, Jay Asher, Andrew Topkins and Louis Drogin, talked about the agency turning 20 and how it isn’t resting on its past laurels. 

Federico San Martin, director, Minecraft Consumer Products, Microsoft, spoke about what has made “Minecraft” such an enormous hit – and what’s coming up for the brand. 

Read the June issue of License Global. 

In September, Younes Layati, senior director, licensing, Fanatics, discussed the rise of the Fanatics brand and what is trending in licensed sports fashion

Read the September/October issue of License Global. 

In December, Oliver Dyer, founder, strategy director, Skew, talked to License Global about the creative evolution of licensing

Read December’s issue of License Global. 

Read more fashion brand licensing news. 

About the Author(s)

Ian Hart

Senior Digital Editor U.K. & EMEA, License Global

Ian joined the License Global editorial team in May 2022 as digital editor for the U.K. and EMEA, becoming Senior Digital Editor in April 2023.

Ian is a huge fan of sports and entertainment brands and, as a father, toys and kids' brands are a large part of his life!

He has been at Informa (formerly UBM) since 2018, where he was previously the editor of SHP, a B2B digital publication aimed at health & safety professionals.

Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in B2B trade print media, in the automotive sector, working on various publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.

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