SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - BOLDFACE Group, Inc. (BLBK), a
celebrity beauty licensing company (the "Company" or "Boldface") founded by
beauty industry veterans focused on top tier celebrity and designer brands for
opportunities in the beauty, home care and fragrance markets, today announced
that the Company has entered into a licensing agreement with Pretty Ugly, LLC,
the creators of the popular UGLYDOLL brand, to expand the category of Beauty
and Personal Care line of products.
The husband and wife artist team of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim created the
UGLYDOLL characters in 2001, and since then, the franchise has become a
worldwide success with an extensive line of licensed products and publishing.
Since its inception the UGLYDOLL brand has been somewhat of a retail anomaly;
showcased at Barneys, MoMA, Giant Robot, Colette Paris, as well as, Barnes &
Noble and Toys R Us. Its customer base is equally varied from young children
to design sophisticates.
Boldface intends to build a range of products and accessories that will speak
to the unique personality of the UGLYDOLL brand and its devoted followers of
all ages, and entice new followers along the way. Products will include Bath,
Soap, Shower and Body Care products and Lip Balms, Fragrance, Bath
Accessories, and more.
"We are committed to the positive message that UGLY is the new beautiful. The
brand's specific, unisex attitude and whimsical edge will be conveyed through
design, packaging, unique scents and the use of quality ingredients with
result driven formulas. We will make products that will make us feel good
inside and out," said Ms. Ostoya, Boldface's CEO.
In January 2013, Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced it had entered
into an agreement to expand the digital category of the imaginative UGLYDOLL
world, or "UGLYVERSE", by launching interactive and wireless content, such as
apps, games, widgets and virtual goods. A feature film based on the UGLYDOLL
characters is currently in development at Illumination Entertainment,
Universal Pictures' main supplier of family and animated films. The film will
be produced by Illumination founder Christopher Meledandri (Despicable Me,
Hop, Dr. Seuss' the Lorax), and distributed worldwide by Universal.
This added recognition factor, to an already beloved brand, bodes well for the
launch of the BOLDFACE-UGLYDOLL platform. Product merchandising tie-ins will
be explored as available. Further, strong brand partnerships with other
UGLYDOLL licensees will be explored for potential store-in store brand
Pretty Ugly's Chief Brand Officer Alita Friedman stated: "We are ecstatic to
work with BOLDFACE. Nicole and Robin bring such enthusiasm, design and
creativity to the entire Beauty category. BOLDFACE is sure to bring our
lovable and colorful characters to life in a really big bold way!"
Initial products are expected to launch in late 2013.
BOLDFACE is a Santa Monica, California based celebrity beauty licensing
company founded beauty industry veterans Nicole Ostoya and Robin Coe Hutshing.
BOLDFACE also sells the cosmetics/beauty brand by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe
Kardashian as well as the fragrance by Mario Lopez. Please visit
www.boldfacegroup.com for further information.
About Pretty Ugly, LLC/UGLYDOLL
David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim created the first UGLYDOLL hand-sewn plush toy in
2001. Since the inception of the first character, Wage™, who David drew on a
love letter to Sun-Min, UGLYDOLL has grown into an entire universe of
characters, stories, and products for all ages. The UGLYDOLL brand was
launched in 2002 by Pretty Ugly, LLC of Green Brook, NJ.
The property is distinguished by David & Sun-Min's unique aesthetic and voice
defining, "ugly" as distinctive and unique. The award-winning UGLYDOLL
characters appear in a variety of toys, books, apparel, and other licensed
products that are available in thousands of stores, worldwide. For more
information, please visit www.uglydolls.com.
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to a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual
future results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are
not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the availability of
additional funding; and the Company's business, product development, marketing
and distribution plans and strategies. These and other factors are identified
and described in more detail in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Current Reports on Form 8-K.
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