2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
Santoro has signed a host of new licensees and launched several new lines for its art brand Gorjuss in Europe.
Retro Apparel launched its first line of It's A Good Sign apparel at the MAGIC Marketweek trade show last month in Las Vegas, Nev.
Maya Studio has appointed the IP management company Consumer Product Connection to develop a licensing program for its brands in Europe and the East.
Crayola has teamed with Bloomingdale’s for the new I Am Color campaign that includes fashion collaborations, window displays and in-store events.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products has collaborated with The Art of the Brick to create an art exhibition featuring sculptures of DC Comics characters made out of LEGOs.
Spanish design brand Dream Big has signed three new in Europe and Mexico.
Home décor company Primitives by Kathy has launched a new line of baby frames and box signs featuring the designs of Caleb Gray Studio.
Smiley has announced a new collaboration with French fashion designer Martine Sitbon and the global release of its sticker book line from Editis.
Portico is working with the design brand Lily & Val to develop a range of homewares in the U.K. featuring the brand's chalkboard art.
Kid Made Modern has tapped JLKBrand as the exclusive licensing agent for its children’s do-it-yourself brand.
Bulldog Licensing has added Black Mint Licensing as a sub-agent for It’s a Wild Life in Australia and New Zealand.
Claire’s has signed an international deal with pet photographer Myrna Huijing for jewelry and accessories under the Studio Pets by Myrna brand.
The U.K.'s Institute of Contemporary Arts and Polka Children’s Theater are planning special events to celebrate the 100th birthday of Moomin creator Tove Jansson.
SmileyWorld has launched a new kids’ fashion line for Fall 2014, marking the brand’s first major release into the Chinese children’s apparel market.
Gaming company Zynga announced multi-year sports licensing partnerships in football and golf under its new franchise brand Zynga Sports 365.
Withit Licensing will release two new stationery lines for the brands DoodleBoos and Glamour Puss in Russia.
Poeticgem is developing a range of products based on the iconic British motorcycle brand BSA.
Canada’s Entertainment One bought Art Impressions in 2013, and since, the company has been focused on the re-launch of the key brand So So Happy.
Design brand The Wisdom of Kids has partnered with Blueprint Collections for a line of stationery in the U.K.
Pandora Jewelry and Disney Consumer Products have unveiled a collection of original jewelry pieces featuring iconic characters from Disney.
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