Kathy Ireland Home by Franz to Debut in June 2006
Dick Guttman (Guttman and Associates)
Tel. (310) 246-4600
FRANZ COLLECTION INC. ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE LICENSING
AGREEMENT WITH KATHY IRELAND WORLDWIDE
Kathy Ireland Home by Franz to Debut in June 2006 at
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®
SAN FRANCISCO – June 1, 2006 –Franz Collection Inc. announced today an exclusive licensing agreement with Kathy Ireland Worldwide (KIWW), a leading design and marketing company founded by CEO and Lifestyle Designer Kathy Ireland. Franz Collection Inc. has partnered with Kathy Ireland to design and manufacture Kathy Ireland Home by Franz — hand sculptured, hand painted porcelain tabletop and decorative accessories. Kathy will work directly with Franz Collection designers in the design and marketing of the collection which will have its soft launch June 2006 at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.
"Franz Collection, Inc. is proud to announce its exclusive fine porcelain relationship with Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which will allow one of the world’s great lifestyle designers to work in concert with our design team and the world’s finest porcelain. It’s taken nearly a year for us to put this partnership together." said Francis Chen, Founder and CEO of Franz Collection Inc.
Starting in June 2006, Kathy Ireland Home by Franz will debut the first beautiful collection, "Luminescence", which is inspired by Kathy’s innovative European Country Style Guide™, to Franz dealers. This collection will appear in stores fall 2006. This is an exclusive collection of hand sculptured, hand painted porcelains that beautifully compliment consumers’ personal style. The collection features a proud peacock in brilliant colors incorporated into a teapot, creamer and sugar jar, cup saucer with matching spoon, tray and vase.
"I’m delighted by our partnership with Franz Collection. I not only admire the beautiful works of art they develop... our family collects them as well. The KI Home by Franz Collection will inspire and delight families... especially busy moms," said Kathy Ireland. "These elegant, functional, beautiful items are truly unique. We will celebrate our Style Guides™ and Specialty Brands ACafe, J du J and The Quilts of Gee’s Bend in these works of art. Most of all, it’s exciting to partner with great people who are innovative. The Franz team is one of a kind. This partnership was truly worth waiting for."
Partnering with Kathy Ireland on the Luminescence collection, is award-winning Franz Collection Inc. designer and sculptor Johnny Ho. He is the artistic genius behind the celebrated "Papillion" butterfly and Ladybug collections.
"Available to consumers spring 2007, Kathy Ireland Home by Franz will introduce an exciting array of uniquely designed items that will add beauty and charm to the home," said Shonnie Bilin, VP Sales & Marketing, Franz Collection Inc. "The series will build upon the tradition of Franz’s nature-inspired design, detail and quality and adds Kathy’s exclusive designs while focusing on her mission of "...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms" ™ for unparalleled quality and beauty."
About Kathy Ireland Worldwide
Kathy Ireland Worldwide (KIWW) is the design and marketing firm founded in 1993 by CEO and Chief Designer, Kathy Ireland. The primary mission of KIWW is
"...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms."™ Forbes Magazine reports that KIWW is a "design empire which grosses over one billion dollars annually in retail sales". KIWW products include flooring, rugs, home furniture, office and entertainment furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, window coverings, bedding, mattresses, candles, permanent florals, apparel and jewelry. In 2000, KIWW began expanding its mission and consumer needs, with the addition of specialty brands, presenting "Design Ambassadors" ACafé by Chef Andre for food and entertaining, J du J cultivated by Nicholas Walker for outdoor living and garden inspirations and The Quilts of Gee’s Bend whose original works of art from rural Alabama are the Genesis of unique designs for home. The original Quilts of Gee’s Bend gained international recognition through museum tours around the world. KIWW teams with industry leaders in each category of business, Residential Home Builder-Mitchell Homes, Flooring-Shaw Industries a Berkshire-Hathaway Company, Rugs-Shaw Living a Berkshire Hathaway Company, Home Furniture-Kathy Ireland Home by Standard, Office and Entertainment Furniture-Kathy Ireland Home by Martin, Lighting-Pacific Coast Lighting, Decorative Accessories-Pacific Coast Accessories, Window Coverings-Kathy Ireland Home by Alta, Top of Bed-Kathy Ireland Home by Arrow, Bedding-Kathy Ireland Home by Therapedic, Permanent Florals-Kathy Ireland Home by Labs, Candles-Kathy Ireland Home by Hanna’s Candle Co., Blankets- Kathy Ireland Home by Faribault Mills, Fire Resistant Fibers- Kathy Ireland Home by Basofil, Fine Porcelain- Kathy Ireland Home by Franz, Socks-Kathy Ireland by Moretz, Active wear-Kathy Ireland by Orioxi, and Jewelry-Kathy Ireland Exclusively for House of Taylor Jewelry. House of Taylor Jewelry (NASDAQ:HOTJ) is a publicly traded company.
For more information please visit www.kathyireland.com
Franz Collection Accolades
In 2005, the Franz Collection was nominated in the tabletop category for the prestigious 17th Annual ARTS Award, the premier home decorative accessories industry award.
The ARTS Awards, the "Oscars" of the home décor industry, nominated the Franz Collection in the inaugural year for the tabletop category of the ARTS Awards. Nominated by retailers and other industry officials, finalists are judged on portfolios consisting of company history, philosophy, product development, marketing, merchandising and customer relations.
Treat Yourself to the Award-Winning Franz Collection
In 2005, Franz Collection Inc received the National Gold Award of Excellence for its Ladybug Collection of fine porcelain tableware. President Chen Shui Bian presented the award to Francis Chen, President and Founder of the Franz Collection. This prestigious award marks the highest honor for products made by domestic Taiwanese enterprises. The award is based on innovation, design, quality, market position and brand awareness.
The Franz Collection Inc. has also been awarded the 2005 Decorative Candle and Accessory of the Year Award from the National Association of Gift & Collectible Dealers (NALED) for its LadyBug Collection. The NALED awards were presented at the 2005 Summer Chicago Gift & Home Market Show and honor the best products, companies and achievements in the gift and collectibles industry.
About Franz Collection Inc.
Founded in June 2002, Franz Collection Inc. is headquartered in downtown San Francisco. The company designs, creates and markets a variety of functional decorative accessories including porcelain tabletop, vases and decorative accents, and introduced a line of premium jewelry for spring 2004.
Items by Franz Collection Inc. are sold in the United States to a variety of gift and specialty stores, decorative accessory stores and specialty department stores throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Franz Collection pieces arrive in individual gift boxes. Suggested retail prices range from $12.50 for porcelain spoons to $500.00 for vases in the Designer Gallery collection.