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MIAMI, May 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perry Ellis International announced today that the iconic Ben Hogan brand will return to the business of club-making in 2015 via a licensing agreement with EIDOLON Brands, LLC. This re-introduction of Ben Hogan golf clubs coincides with the 60
th anniversary of the first Ben Hogan irons in the fall of 1954.
"Our acquisition of Ben Hogan in 2012 has led to an impressive increase in distribution from zero to over 4,200 doors across North America, and this spring we launched a new collection of apparel and accessories at retail," commented Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of Perry Ellis International. "We are excited for the reintroduction of Ben Hogan clubs to the golf equipment marketplace with our strategic partnership with EIDOLON Brands."
"EIDOLON's core management team, possessing over 150 years of Ben Hogan Company experience in manufacturing, sales, product development and marketing, are the ideal team to bring the Ben Hogan name back to its historic leadership position in the equipment industry," added Mr. Feldenkreis.
Terry Koehler, president and chief executive officer of EIDOLON Brands, is a lifelong Ben Hogan devotee and former director of marketing of the Ben Hogan Company. He is also the architect of the SCOR4161 product line, which challenges the design and performance of conventional wedges and set-match short irons.
Koehler has assembled a world class Research and Development team based in Fort Worth, Texas, where Ben Hogan golf clubs were first produced. The new Ben Hogan clubs will be introduced in 2015 with global distribution targeted in traditional golf equipment channels, including green-grass and better golf specialty shops.
For Koehler, creating the 'new' Ben Hogan Company represents an opportunity to honor the legacy of two of his heroes: his father and Mr. Hogan. "My golf life began with an introduction to Mr. Hogan's values and principles from my father," Koehler reminisced. "He played with Mr. Hogan before the war and considered him a true hero, so I did too. I grew up with 'Power Golf' and 'Five Lessons' as my golf textbooks, and always played Hogan irons from my very first cut-down 5- and 9-iron. To partner with Perry Ellis International and to be in a position to assemble and lead a team of equally committed Hogan disciples is an honor I could not even have imagined."