Marc Ecko Enterprises
FACTS FOUNDED The Company was founded in 1993 by Marc Ecko, Seth Gerszberg, and Marci Tapper. Evolving from just six t-shirts and a can of spray paint, Marc Ecko Enterprises has become a full-scale global fashion and lifestyle company that reported international retail sales of approximately $1 billion in 2004. MARC ECKO ENTERPRISES, OFFICERS & KEY EXECUTIVES: Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Ecko Enterprises, Marc Ecko President of Marc Ecko Enterprises and *ecko unltd., Effy Zinkin CEO of Marc Ecko Enterprises and Founder, Seth Gerszberg President of Zoo York and Founder, Marci Tapper Dick Thrush, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development CFO, James Reilly President of International, Alberto Verdi President of Retail Sales, Eric Plyler President of Avirex Sportswear, Jeff Strumeier President of G-Unit Clothing Company, Paul Boyea President of Marc Ecko Enterprises Accessories, Pat Anderson Publisher of Complex, Rich Antoniello BRANDS *ecko unltd. Since its creation in 1993, *ecko unltd. brand has expanded to include *ecko unltd. men's and Eckored women's apparel, Marc Ecko Formalwear, *ecko unltd. and Eckored Kids, outerwear, footwear, watches, eyewear, underwear, belts, bags, hats, small leather goods, formalwear and more. Marc Ecko and Cut & Sew Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" is a contemporary menswear line launched Fall 2004 consisting of casual and dress separates that blend the street-inspired, edginess of *ecko unltd. with more sophisticated designs and fabrics. The line includes: semi-tailored separates; sweaters; urban, spa-inspired active wear; woven shirts and premium denim. G-Unit Clothing Company The G-Unit Clothing Company is an independent venture operated by *ecko unltd. and multi-platinum selling artist 50 Cent. The G-Unit line is comprised of denim, tees, fleece, outerwear, hats, and athletic-inspired sportswear, that includes men's, women's, boys', and girls' clothing. Zoo York Launched in 1993 and part of MEE since 2001, Zoo York is the East Coast's largest action sports company, featuring skateboards and skater-influenced clothing and accessories. Avirex Sportswear In September 2004, Marc Ecko Enterprises signed an exclusive US and Canadian licensing agreement with Avirex Ltd. to introduce a new Avirex-branded sportswear collection. Debuting Spring 2005, the new line will feature a full collection of apparel, including fashion denim, tees, knits, and outerwear. OTHER HOLDINGS Complex Magazine A bi-monthly urban lifestyle publication with a circulation of 325,000. Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Developed in conjunction with Atari, Inc., Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure promises to be an homage to graffiti's rich culture. Told through an alternate reality in a futuristic universe, the game represents the culmination of seven years of story and character development by fashion pioneer Marc Ecko, himself a former graffiti artist with deep ties to the urban community. Debuting during the second half of 2005. Tikva Children's Home A Ukrainian orphanage completely funded by Marc Ecko Enterprises. INCOME In 2003 alone, the *ecko unltd. brand brought in over $400 million in retail sales, while total domestic and retail sales for all MEE brands was approximately $1 billion. POINTS OF SALE More than 5000 department and specialty stores domestically and in over 45 countries internationally. FREESTANDING STORES 30 *ecko unltd. company annex stores. First full-priced store opened in November '03 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. 16 International stores. EMPLOYEES 500 DOMESTIC LICENSEES Men's and Junior's Sportswear: Avirex Ltd. Men's and Women's Outerwear: Geoffrey Allen Junior's Apparel: Paul D'Avril Inc. Kid's Apparel: Kids Headquarters Men's and Women's Footwear: Skechers USA, Inc. Fashion and Optical Eyewear: Viva International Watches: Callanen International About Marc Marc Ecko's artistic journey began in the mid-80s in a makeshift design studio and showroom located in the garage of his parent's New Jersey home. In the short period that has passed, Marc Ecko Enterprises (www.marceckoenterprises.com) has grown to include 12 separate *ecko unltd. and red by marc ecko apparel and accessories lines, the contemporary Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" collection, G-Unit Clothing Company, Zoo York, Avirex, Complex magazine, and a recently launched video game and multi-media entertainment division. Over the years, he has also dedicated himself to a number of socially conscious initiatives, including significant work with underserved youth domestically and internationally, and a dedicated role in reversing the plight of the world's rhino population.
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