SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire
Mad Engine announced today that it has acquired Neff Headwear from Marlin Equity Partners and the Neff Family. Founded by Shaun Neff in 2002, Neff is an iconic, youth-focused headwear, accessory and apparel brand famous for beanies, hats, snow accessories, and whimsical, on-trend graphic t-shirts.
With this acquisition, Shaun Neff will be joining Mad Engine as its Chief Creative Officer. With the addition of Shaun to their leadership team, Mad Engine plans to continue on their aggressive growth path – maintaining their foothold as the industry leader in the licensing world, while also diversifying into the branded apparel and accessory space. Mad Engine CEO, Danish Gajiani, commented, “We’re excited to have this opportunity to acquire Neff, a brand we’ve long admired and feel has significant untapped potential. And, naturally, we’re thrilled to welcome Shaun to our Mad Engine team.” He continued, “Shaun is a uniquely talented guy with tons of great, actionable ideas, not only for the Neff business, but for Mad Engine as a whole.”
Shaun Neff on the acquisition, “This is a great thing for Neff. Mad Engine has a phenomenal team, they’re strong financially, and they’ve got superior supply chain capabilities. Most importantly, they have a deep passion for our business.” He added, “And in this new role, I’m super motivated to bring fresh, out-of-the-box opportunities to the Mad Engine team.”
Neff will operate under Mad Engine’s growing branded division in Orange County, CA. The company launched this division with its acquisition of Lifted Research Group (LRG) in March 2017. The two companies have a number of synergies, and will serve as the foundation to bring on additional brands in the future.
Mad Engine would like to specially thank Moss Adams, Buchalter and Wells Fargo for their assistance with this acquisition and their continuous support.
About Mad Engine
Mad Engine has expanded substantially since its founding in 1987. The company has grown from a small t-shirt supplier to a best-in-class designer and distributor of licensed apparel, catering to the needs of a wide spectrum of retailers. The company has gained full vertical capabilities over the past 30 years, enabling greater control over sourcing and the supply chain, as well as providing reliability and predictability to customers. In more recent years, Mad Engine has diversified product offerings by launching additional divisions outside of its core male apparel business to include female apparel and loungewear. The branded division is the company’s newest venture.
Launched in 2002 by Shaun Neff in Southern California, Neff was the first authentic core snow and skate headwear company in the world. Neff is an active youth brand supported by some of the biggest action sports athletes in the world as well as key personalities across the globe. Neff is internationally sold in 45+ countries to select retailers. Neff continues to grow and stays on the pulse of youth culture while living by the anthem “Forever Fun.”
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SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire
Mad Engine LLC, a leading full-service licensed apparel company, today announced that it has acquired urban streetwear brand Lifted Research Group, Inc. (LRG). Mad Engine has expanded substantially since its founding in 1987, from a small t-shirt supplier in Southern California to a best-in-class design, merchandising and distributor of licensed apparel, catering to the needs of a wide spectrum of retailers. The company has gained full vertical capabilities over the past 30 years, enabling greater control over sourcing and the supply chain, as well as providing reliability and predictability to customers. In more recent years, Mad Engine has diversified product offerings by launching additional divisions outside of its core male/kids apparel business to include female apparel and adult loungewear/underwear. Mad Engine also expanded its horizon globally by acquiring Xtreme Worldwide to serve as the foundation of its International Business Division. Today, Mad Engine is excited to formally announce Mad Engine’s newest business venture into branded apparel space.
“The Mad Engine team is excited about the opportunity to bring LRG on board. It is a brand many of us grew up wearing and have supported over the years and feels like a natural fit for our first venture into branded apparel,” said Danish Gajiani, CEO of Mad Engine. “The experience of the LRG team and sound infrastructure will serve as a solid foundation and platform to launch the branded division and bring on many additional brands in the future.”
“In the months we have spent getting to know each other Mad Engine has shown a commitment to LRG’s future. I am optimistic about this new chapter which creates the ability to grow the LRG brand and creates new opportunities and experiences for those involved,” said LRG Co-Founder Robert Wright. “Further, Intrepid’s Apparel & Retail investment banking team was an invaluable advisor to us as we sought a partner that could provide us with value-added resources and capital commitments to continue accelerating the company’s growth,” added Robert. “We are excited to join the Mad Engine family.”
Intrepid Investment Bankers, a Los Angeles-based middle-market investment bank that provides M&A, capital raising, and strategic advisory services, served as the exclusive financial advisor to LRG.
About Mad Engine
Founded in 1987, Mad Engine has grown to become a leading global licensed apparel wholesaler. Top brands include Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Nickelodeon and many more. Mad Engine’s footprint spans multiple continents, with unique locations dedicated to design, customer service, manufacturing, quality assurance and distribution. This process better enables the company to fully meet the needs of every customer—from independent boutiques to mass market retailers—ensuring the best customer experience possible.
LRG started in a 300-square foot warehouse in Santa Ana, Calif. The founders had an idea of creating a brand that would be a bridge between skateboarding and hip hop, which at the time had not been done. LRG was an immediate success with tastemakers and influencers and over the next several years grew into a globally recognized brand, forever changing the landscape of young men’s fashion. Today, LRG is known as the originator of what is now commonly known as “streetwear.”
Originally published at PRNewswire.com
4/25/2017 By Tiffany Montgomery
Mad Engine is announcing this morning that it is acquiring urban streetwear brand Lifted Research Group (LRG), one of the first brands that bridged skateboarding and hip hop.
Mad Engine is a large, licensed apparel company whose brands include Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Nickelodeon and more. It is fully vertical and controls all of its sourcing and supply chain.
The company has big plans for the action sports and streetwear space. SES members can read our interview with CEO Danish Gajiani here. Mad Engine also just hired a new CFO, industry veteran Bill Bussiere, most recently with Billabong.
LRG Co-Founder Robert Wright said: “In the months we have spent getting to know each other, Mad Engine has shown a commitment to LRG’s future. I am optimistic about this new chapter, which creates the ability to grow the LRG brand and creates new opportunities and experiences for those involved. We are excited to join the Mad Engine Family.”
Intrepid Investment Bankers put together the deal.
Originally published at shop-eat-surf.com