LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®) has inked an agreement to design a wide-ranging collection of branded art and wall décor for the home with Larson-Juhl and The Buffalo Works. The Buffalo Works will work with kiWW® to curate, develop and market the art program, partnering with Larson-Juhl as the exclusive supplier for the branded program.
Larson-Juhl CEO Drew Van Pelt says, "We are honored to partner with kathy ireland® Worldwide and bring Kathy's new line of art and wall décor products to life. Larson-Juhl's history of fine craftsmanship and dedication to innovative design pair well with the classic, trend-forward style the kathy ireland® Home brand represents. We look forward to bringing these tasteful, distinctive artworks to market for the kathy ireland® Home client."
"The Buffalo Works is thrilled to be appointed, in partnership with Larson-Juhl, as a brand partner to extend the kathy ireland® brand into a full-scale licensed art program. Kathy's brand is synonymous with fashionable design solutions for the home and we look forward to curating and marketing an art program with her exceptionally talented and creative team, that customers will enjoy throughout every room in their home," says Joanne Olds, President of The Buffalo Works.
"This is a great and exciting pleasure for our entire team at kathy ireland® Worldwide," says Kathy Ireland, kiWW's Chair, CEO and Chief Designer, whose firm was ranked this week at #26 in License Global's 2017 Top 150 Global Licensors. "Our creative department is inspired by these great works of art every season. To finally join forces with Larson-Juhl and The Buffalo Works is a dream come true for many reasons. Larson-Juhl is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway business family. We began our kathy ireland® Home collection with a Berkshire Hathaway flooring company. Our first retail client was Irv Blumkin and Nebraska Furniture Mart, still clients and dear friends, all these years later. To join Larson-Juhl and The Buffalo Works means we are collaborating with some of the Berkshire Hathaway best! We will celebrate together at the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting where our new artwork will be on display," she adds.
Established more than a century ago, Larson-Juhl is the global leader in custom picture frame design, manufacturing and distribution. The company also provides high quality conservation products to museums, galleries, and libraries and serves the framing market with a full range of solutions, from art printing and volume framing to wall decor. A Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Norcross, GA, Larson-Juhl operates 54 facilities in 17 countries around the world. To learn more about Larson-Juhl, please visit www.LarsonJuhl.com.
About The Buffalo Works:
The Buffalo Works is the world's 30th largest full-service global brand management company with annual retail sales of $244 million. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, the company is a leading art licensing agency representing a diverse portfolio of artists, art brands and clients including Paul Brent, Tiffani Taylor, At Peace, Steven Brown, Milan Art and Thomas Kinkade to name a few. The Buffalo Works develops and manages strategic global licensing programs across a wide array of product categories at all levels of retail. For more information, visit www.thebuffaloworks.com.
About kathy ireland® Worldwide
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland® Worldwide brand celebrates a lifestyle. The initial mission of "...solutions for families, especially busy moms™," evolved simply to "…solutions", which translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more. kiWW's unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.
Listed as one of the most powerful brands globally by License Global Magazine, with merchandise sales of over $2.6 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland® Worldwide is the result of teamwork and dedication.
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