COMPTON, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Crafts, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWS), announced today that it is launching a consumer products licensing program for its NoJo brand and intends to extend the brand into new product categories furthering the brand's reach within the juvenile market.
"We have enjoyed a growing success with our NoJo bedding and accessories," said Nanci Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Crafts Infant Products. "Licensing will allow us to offer the additional products that fans and consumers of NoJo bedding have been asking for while continuing to build our brand recognition."
The Company has selected Jewel Branding & Licensing to represent its award-winning brand and oversee its licensing program. An integrated licensing and merchandising program for the NoJo brand is underway and will include a complete line of merchandise and brand extensions including apparel, crafts and activity sets, baby gear, feeding and more. The NoJo licensed merchandise will be available through retailers that currently offer the best-selling lines of NoJo bedding and accessories.
The Company also announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with The Gift Wrap Company for a full range of baby books, gift wrap, greeting cards, photo frames and memory books. The program will be launched at the National Stationery Show, to be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY on May 15-18, 2011.Commenting on the launch of new NoJo branded products, Lawrence Louis, president of The Gift Wrap Company, said, "We are pleased to be partnering with an industry leader such as Crown Crafts Infant Products and believe the NoJo brand and the depth and strength of its designs will enhance our product range and, most importantly, resonate with consumers." About Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc. Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Crafts, Inc., designs, markets and distributes infant and toddler consumer products, including bedding, blankets and other nursery accessories. Its sister operating subsidiary is Hamco, Inc. in Louisiana, which designs, markets and distributes bibs, bath items and other accessories. The Company's products include licensed collections as well as exclusive private label programs for certain of its customers. The Company's website is www.nojo.com. About Crown Crafts, Inc. Crown Crafts, Inc. designs, markets and distributes infant, toddler and juvenile consumer products, including crib and toddler bedding and blankets; nursery and bath accessories; reusable and disposable bibs and floor mats; burp cloths; room decor; and disposable placemats, toilet seat covers and changing mats through its operating subsidiaries Hamco, Inc. in Louisiana and Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc. in California. Crown Crafts is America's largest producer of infant bedding, bibs and bath items. The Company's website is www.crowncrafts.com. About Jewel Branding & Licensing Jewel Branding & Licensing is a full-service brand management and licensing company based in Atlanta, GA. Jewel Branding was founded by Julie Newman in 2008. Julie has represented well known brands such as Thomas Kinkade, Heidi Klum and LIFE Magazine. Julie has over 10 years of experience in Licensing and has been a featured presenter at LIMA University and a featured author for The Licensing Journal. Jewel Branding & Licensing represents several art and fashion based brands including rachaelhale, IZAK and Jessie Steele. About The Gift Wrap Company Founded in 1903, International Greetings USA/ The Gift Wrap Company is the oldest established gift wrap manufacturer in the USA. For over one hundred years, The Gift Wrap Company has grown and expanded to become a major manufacturing and design resource, with a complete packaging product lineup that includes all occasion, special occasion, and holiday gift wrap, tote bags and specialty containers, ribbons and pre-made bows, and packing accessories. Its acquisitions over the years have included such notable companies as Pepperpot (journals, note cards and other gifted stationery), The Stephen Lawrence Company (a highly respected manufacturer of designer wrap) and Glitterwrap and its popular partyware line Design Focus. Celebrated for its high quality, design-driven, on-trend packaging, The Gift Wrap Company offers a comprehensive assortment of fresh, fashionable and functional products embellished with design accents that create a high perceived value in the consumer market. Website: www.giftwrapcompany.com SOURCE Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc.