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Hilco Consumer Capital, LLC / L.P.; Gordon Brothers Brands, LLC; Bluestar Alliance and Windsong Brands LLC

Hilco Consumer Capital, L.P., Gordon Brothers Brands, LLC and Bluestar Alliance Announce Court Approval to Purchase The Sharper Image Brand`

New York (ots/PRNewswire)

A joint venture led by Hilco
Consumer Capital, L.P. ("HCC"), Gordon Brothers Brands, LLC ("GBB"),
and Bluestar Alliance ("Bluestar"), in partnership with Windsong
Brands, LLC and Crystal Capital, announced on May 29, 2008 court
approval to purchase The Sharper Image brand and other intellectual
The joint venture partners have developed a global licensing
strategy for wholesale, direct-to-retail (DTR), e-commerce and
catalog businesses which will exploit The Sharper Image's heritage of
quality, excitement, innovation and fun.
During its 32-year history, The Sharper Image has developed one
of America's most widely recognized and positively perceived consumer
brands. The joint venture recognizes The Sharper Image's blend of
upscale specialty positioning, iconic stature, outstanding consumer
recognition and appeal across a wide demographic.
Jamie Salter, CEO of Hilco Consumer Capital commented "We are
delighted with this acquisition and we are proceeding immediately
with our plans to partner with world class licensees and retailers to
introduce innovative high quality products that will satisfy both the
needs and enjoyment of The Sharper Image customers. The Sharper Image
brand will be extended internationally in existing and new categories
that consumers want and need. The quality, excitement, innovation and
fun that The Sharper Image is renowned for will soon be available
Stephen Miller of Gordon Brothers commented "This as a terrific
opportunity to transform a tier-one, iconic American brand into a
global, multi-channel platform of diverse and unique consumer
products using leading technologies and trend-setting innovations.
This reflects the core transformational competencies of the joint
venture partners and we look forward to working with existing and new
licensees to grow the brand worldwide and in multiple categories."
Joseph Gabbay of Bluestar stated "Internationally, the integrity
of the brand is top in its field. The Sharper Image connotes quality
and excitement with products that are unique in both feature and
function, and translate into almost all categories."
The joint venture will partner with a number of global
institutions in the ongoing development of The Sharper Image brand.
Interested parties should contact:
John Collins at HCC: or +1-416-682-5680
Brad Snyder at GBB: or +1-617-422-6216
Joseph Gabbay at Bluestar: or
Bill Sweedler at Windsong Brands: or
About Hilco Consumer Capital:
Hilco Consumer Capital ( is a private
equity firm that makes strategic investments in consumer lifestyle
brands through acquisitions of North American manufacturers,
wholesalers, intellectual property and retailers. HCC investments
range from US$25 million to US$250 million. Current portfolio brands
and companies include Caribbean Joe(R), Ellen Tracy, Halston(R),
Tommy Armour Golf(R), RAM Golf(R), and Bombay Brands, LLC. HCC is a
unit of The Hilco Organization, a Chicago-based, international
provider of diversified financial and operational services, including
business asset valuations, asset acquisition and disposition
services, M&A services and retail consulting.
About Gordon Brothers Brands, LLC:
Gordon Brothers Brands, LLC is a member of the Gordon Brothers
Group family of companies. GBB purchases, sells, and licenses brands
and other intellectual property. Founded in 1903, Gordon Brothers
Group ( is a global advisory,
restructuring and investment firm specializing in retail and consumer
products, industrial and real estate sectors. Gordon Brothers Group
maximizes value for both healthy and distressed companies by
purchasing or selling all categories of assets, appraising assets,
providing debt financing, making private equity investments, and
operating businesses for extended periods. Gordon Brothers Group
conducts over US$40 billion in annual transactions and appraisals.
About Bluestar Alliance:
Bluestar Alliance was established in January 2007 by Joey Gabbay
and Ralph Gindi. The fund's purchase of Liz Lange was preceded by its
acquisition of better men's apparel firm Ron Chereskin Studio, Inc.
in September 2007 and quickly followed by that of junior brand Hot
Kiss in February 2008. Gabbay is also president of Wellington Capital
Group, which purchased the Harvé Benard ladies' brand in September
2006. Each of these apparel companies operates as a wholly-owned
About Windsong Brands LLC:
Windsong Brands, LLC ( is a private
equity firm that focuses on investments in leading middle market
consumer companies that own strong recognizable brands. The team has
a diverse background of consumer expertise that assists and guides
company management to unlock the true potential of their brand.
Windsong Brands makes majority and minority investments in both
public and private companies. Investments and portfolio brand
companies include Ellen Tracy, Caribbean Joe, Joe's Jeans, Field &
Stream, Como Sport, and Alerion Aviation.
For further information: John Collins at HCC: or +1-416-682-5680; Brad Snyder at GBB: or +1-617- 422-6216; Joseph Gabbay at
Bluestar: or +1-212- 695-6878; Bill Sweedler
at Windsong Brands: or +1-203-319-3600


For further information: John Collins at HCC: or
+1-416-682-5680; Brad Snyder at GBB: or
+1-617-422-6216; Joseph Gabbay at Bluestar:
or +1-212-695-6878; Bill Sweedler at Windsong Brands: or +1-203-319-3600