Authentic Brands and Waitt Close Buy of Fashion Brands

Toronto-based Authentic Brands Group LLC, a portfolio company of private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and Knight’s Bridge Capital Partners since 2010, has completed a co-investment with Waitt Company to acquire fashion brands Judith Leiber, Adrienne Vittadini and Taryn Rose. Financial terms of the acquisitions from Schottenstein Luxury Group were undisclosed. Authentic Brands is an intellectual property company focused on acquiring and managing prominent consumer brands.

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Waitt Company has completed its co-investment with Authentic Brands Group in the acquisition of Judith Leiber, Adrienne Vittadini and Taryn Rose. Authentic Brands Group is a brand development and licensing company that acquired these brands from Schottenstein Luxury Group for an undisclosed sum.

Judith Leiber is an international luxury brand synonymous with elegance, style and sophistication. The Judith Leiber business was established in 1963 and is best known for its exclusive handbags.

Founded in 1979, Adrienne Vittadini is a premier brand of clothing, handbags, swimsuits, shoes, eyewear, and perfumes that are sold in such department stores as Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

Founded in 1998, Taryn Rose offers comfortable fashion-forward footwear for women. Taryn Rose shoes are available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Macy’s.

“We are very pleased to have acquired these exceptional brands and to have Waitt Company as our partner,” said Jamie Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands Group. “I got to know Dana Bradford and the Waitt organization through the acquisition of Prince, and I am thrilled to have them as a partner in this investment.”

“We are committed to finding opportunities to invest in companies in partnership with proven management teams. Jamie and his team have a terrific track record of creating enterprise value through the expansion of brand value, and we are delighted to be partnered with them on this opportunity,” said Dana Bradford, CEO of Waitt Company.

About Waitt Company
Waitt Company is an Omaha based investment company with a focus that includes partnering with proven management teams to support their strategies for growing the enterprise value of their companies. Waitt Company builds effective, long-term relationships with founders, families, and management teams pursuing a variety of risk appropriate strategies for building long-term enterprise value. Learn more information at www.waittcompany.com

About Authentic Brands Group
Authentic Brands Group, in partnership with Leonard Green & Partners, is an intellectual property corporation with a mandate to acquire, manage and build long-term value in prominent consumer brands in apparel, sporting goods, action sports, home, consumer products, celebrity, entertainment and consumer electronics categories. ABG enhances brand equity through partnerships with best-in-class licensees and direct-to-retail arrangements. For more information please visit www.authenticbrandsgroup.com

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