NEW YORK, Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is pleased to announce multiple new licenses across its owned brands as licensees look to pursue growth in categories complementary to Xcel's successful quick time response (QTR) apparel programs at Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay stores. CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert W. D'Loren remarked, "With the rise of a 'see-now-buy-now' consumer shopping mentality and the need to respond to trends as they happen, Xcel created an innovative solution to bring exclusive brands to our department store partners in a quick time response format. The rapid growth of these apparel programs has generated excitement within the licensing community across numerous complementary categories. With these new partnerships we will continue to build meaningful lifestyle brands under the IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi and H Halston labels." New licensees under the Isaac Mizrahi brand include tech accessories and luggage, with product set to retail in Spring 2017. Xcel Brands, Inc. entered into a licensing agreement with Bytech NY Inc. for tech accessories for smartphones, PCs, tablets, and personal audio across the Isaac Mizrahi New York, IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, and Isaac Mizrahi Live! labels. Xcel also entered into a licensing agreement with Longlat Inc. for a collection of hard and soft luggage under the Isaac Mizrahi New York and Isaac Mizrahi Live! labels. New licensees under the H Halston brand include sleepwear and intimates, legwear and slippers, and non-optical sunglasses and readers. Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with Komar for women's sleepwear and intimate apparel under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product expected to launch in Spring 2017. Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with Gina Group LLC for women's hosiery, socks, and legwear; men's socks; children's hosiery socks, and legwear; and men's and women's slippers under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product launching beginning in Spring 2017. Xcel entered into a licensing agreement with B. Robinson for a line of non-optical sunglasses and readers under the H Halston and H by Halston labels, with product launching in 2016.