logo toy industry foundationTIF has received more than 300,000 Bandaloom Kits to benefit impoverished and underserved kids in six states. By Bianca Herron

Tristar Products Inc. donated nearly $3 million in Bandaloom looming kits – a fun, easy-to-use looming kit that allows kids to create their own unique jewelry – to the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank.

More than 300,000 brand new kits will be sent to 13 different children’s charities –including Shelter Partnership, World Vision, My Stuff Bags Foundation, Santa Claus of San Bernadino, Metro Kidz and Heart of Compassion – across six states, such as Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

These toys will go to children facing various forms of adversity, such as impoverishment, in an effort to “put smiles on the faces” of those living through and/or recovering from difficult circumstances throughout the year.

 “We are grateful to receive this extremely generous donation from our new donor, Tristar Products,” TIF Executive Director Jean Butler said in a statement. “Thousands of children across the country will benefit from receiving a Bandaloom kit, making play possible for many who have no toys to call their own or who are suffering from adverse circumstances beyond their control. We appreciate Tristar Products’ generosity and look forward to building our partnership with them in the future.” 

StrikerKislevitz brings more than 10 years of international licesning experience to her new role. By Bianca Herron

Striker Entertainment – a full-service global licensing agency - has hired Anna Kislevitz as Director of International Licensing.   

Kislevitz brings more than 10 years of international licensing experience to her new role where she will be focused on new business and retail opportunities for the U.K. and EMEA. She will also work with existing partners across the Los Angeles-based company’s portfolio of brands, including AMC's The Walking Dead, Five Nights at Freddy's, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, among others. 

Additionally, Kislevitz will report to Vice President of Operations Martine Berreitter, and will meet with Striker's sub-agents, international licensees, and retail partners at the upcoming Licensing Expo in May. 

smurfsThe new collection will feature classic Smurfs characters and introduce new ones. By Bianca Herron

Rubie’s Costume Company Inc. will roll out a new costume collection based on Sony Pictures Animation’s movie Smurfs™: The Lost Village this Halloween season.

Rubie’s, the largest manufacturer of Halloween costumes and accessories, teamed up with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Lafig Belgium/IMPS to produce officially licensed costumes, make-up, masks and accessories inspired by the new fully-animated film, which hits theaters this Friday, April 7.

The Smurfs Collection will feature classic characters like Smurf™, Papa Smurf™ and Smurfette™, and new characters, such as Smurf Storm™ and Smurf Blossom™. Costumes are available in toddler, children and adult sizes.

“For decades Smurfs have been beloved by children and adults alike,” Rubie’s Executive Vice President Howard Beige said in a statement. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Lafig Belgium/IMPS again to expand our Smurfs repertoire of products by creating a collection of costumes for each and every true blue fan.”

Licensing Expo is the world’s largest and most influential annual trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension. Licensing Expo is owned and organized by UBM Americas and sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). The expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on May 23 to 25. Here are some of the exciting products you will find there.



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Genuine Thermos® Brand FUNtainer® Bottle

The FUNtainer® bottle features Thermos™ vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, keeping beverages cold for up to 12 hours. It has a 12-ounce capacity and an easy-to-use push-button lid with a pop-up straw.


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Genuine Thermos® Brand FUNtainer® Food Jar

The FUNtainer® food jar features Thermos™ vacuum insulation technology to keep contents hot for up to 5 hours or cold for up to 7. With a 10-ounce capacity, this item is great for packing lunches or taking a snack on the go.


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Billboard Water Resistant Wireless Speakers

Kick off the festival season with Billboard Music’s first line of Electronic Accessories. Billboard has created a line of Bluetooth speakers that will up your music game! The collection features bold colored; water resistant speakers that are a must have for all summertime pool parties. 

Retailers: www.Staples.com / www.OfficeDepot.com





Line of fashion t-shirts for department and specialty stores; art takes its cues from active western lifestyle, American heritage and cowboy values; inspired by PBR riders who live fast and are willing to endure pain and suffering to push the limits of what is possible


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Bullhide Hats

Innovative and stylish, Bullhide PBR branded hats incorporate all of the western flavor and flair of the old west, with a modern look and feel that PBR riders wear proudly; tough enough to last 8 seconds in the arena and stylish enough to wear with dress jeans and boots



surtex1In its 31st year, SURTEX is the largest brand event of the year, showcasing the latest design trends from nearly 1,000 artists. By Bianca Herron

SURTEX is the premier annual surface design trade show where designers license and sell their work to companies.

Produced by Emerald Expositions, and in partnership with The National Stationery Show®, SURTEX is a three-day event being held May 21- 23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City – the fashion and design capital of the world.

More than 4,500 manufacturers, top retailers and design licensees rely on the reputation of SURTEX, in its 31st year, as their go-to market to source the latest design trends for their next hit products.

Attendees will be able to meet with more than 200 artists, designers, agencies and brands featuring creative works available for license. These will include contract textiles materials, wall coverings, floor coverings, apparel textiles, stationery items, greeting cards, gift wrapping papers and other paper products in the gems and jewelry, gifts and handicrafts, textile, fabrics and yarns, home furnishings and home textiles and household services industries.

Highlights of the show include Trend Theatre, which gives 30-minute flash talks on the market floor so attendees can get updated on the latest happenings while making the most of their time.

In addition, the show will feature the designext® international student competition, where young artists and designers will have the opportunity to showcase their work on a global stage. This year’s theme is GEO – a combination of natural geode stones and modern geometric shapes. With more than 95 entries from more than 20 colleges and universities, each student will submit six original designs inspired by the theme. The designs are to be applied to the surface of products and presented as a collection from one of the four following categories in the competition: wear, work, live or play.

“Merriam-Webster defines ‘geometric’ as using simple geometric forms such as circles and squares in repeated bold and sometimes intricate patterns for design and decoration,” according to Emerald Expositions. “This popular design style became a significant trend this year and will continue to be seen throughout the fall of 2018. Also, making a fashionable breakthrough on clothes, bags, sheets, wall coverings and more have been geo-inspired designs, which consist of showcasing the intricate details of natural stone and geodes.”

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