Nine West Holdings sells its footwear brands

BY Marianne Wilson

Nine West Holdings has sold its namesake and Bandolino businesses to Authentic Brand Group.

ABG bought the intellectual property of the two businesses on Monday at a bankruptcy auction for $340 million. Nine West Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, with a plan to sell the two brands to ABG as part of its reorganization plan. ABG’s winning bid is over $140 million more than its initial stalking horse bid.

“This was a highly competitive bidding process, which is a testament to the strength of these brands and we are thrilled that the outcome had ABG taking ownership of Nine West and Bandolino,” said Jamie Salter, chairman and CEO of ABG. “The addition of these two brands enhances ABG’s growing lifestyle portfolio, while launching our global footwear platform. We see incredible opportunity to expand the brands beyond footwear and handbags, specifically in the apparel and home categories as well as in new markets around the world.”

As part of the transaction, ABG assumes all licensing partnerships and marketing initiatives for the Nine West and Bandolino brands. The company appointed Marc Fisher Footwear to operate the footwear businesses.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with ABG and to help drive the global success of Nine West and Bandolino,” said Marc Fisher, founder and CEO, Marc Fisher Footwear. “As my father co-founded Nine West and Bandolino, I spent much of my footwear career working on these two brands. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build great product that will resonate strongly with consumers and reinvigorate these brands in the marketplace.”

Nine West Holdings plans to revamp its capital structure around its profitable businesses, including Anne Klein, Kasper Group, The Jewelry Group and One Jeanswear Group. The company plans to exit bankruptcy court proceedings around September.

“Authentic Brands Group is an industry leader and we are pleased that they will bring the dedicated expertise and resources to manage the next stage in the life of two strong brands,” said Ralph Schipani, CEO of Nine West Holdings. “We are pleased to have completed this important step in our restructuring and are now focused on moving forward with the reorganization of our remaining businesses with the support of our key stakeholder groups.”

The sale, which is subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court, is expected to be complete by July 15, 2018.


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