Movado Group, Inc. today announced it has entered into a long-term worldwide licensing agreement with Hugo Boss, a leading global fashion group, to design, produce and market a collection of watches under the BOSS and HUGO brand names. The agreement is effective as of March 21, 2005, and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The agreement grants Movado the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a full collection of fashion watches. The collection will be sold through select wholesale distribution outlets in Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as HUGO BOSS retail locations. As of the effective date, Movado Group will be responsible for the worldwide distribution of existing BOSS watch collections. While limited new product introductions will take place in 2005, major new product launches have been planned for spring 2006 at the Annual Watch & Jewelry Fair held in Basel, Switzerland. From a financial standpoint, Movado Group expects the results of the HUGO BOSS watch business to be immaterial during the Company's fiscal year ending January 31, 2006.
Rick Cote, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Movado Group, commented, “We look forward to our new relationship with HUGO BOSS and believe this will prove to be a very beneficial venture for both companies. The HUGO BOSS watch collection will feature compelling identifiable designs combined with high quality craftsmanship. The collection will focus on the high end of the fashion watch category.”
“Our strategy is to cooperate with licensing partners that lead their markets and work successfully with powerful brands,” said Dr. Bruno Salzer, CEO and Chairman of HUGO BOSS AG, of the decision. “In Movado Group, we feel sure we have found a partner capable of further extending our position in the superior fashion watch segment.”
Mr. Cote concluded, “The HUGO BOSS partnership is a great addition to our portfolio of brands and we are very excited about the growth opportunities it presents. Moreover, the business fits squarely within our selective licensing strategy. HUGO BOSS is not only a brand with demonstrated staying power but it also complements our business from a strategic, operational and geographic perspective.”
Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide, and operates Movado boutiques and Company stores in the United States.
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