Xcel Brands Inc. Completes $13MM Senior Financing

Xcel Brands Inc. Completes $13MM Senior Financing

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xcel Brands, Inc. (OTCQX:XELB), a
leader and innovator in Omnichannel retail sales and owner of the Isaac
Mizrahi New York brand, today announced that on August 1, 2013 the Company
completed a $13 million senior term loan with Bank Hapoalim, which was used to
refinance its previous senior debt facility with MidMarket Capital Partners
and for general working capital purposes. The new term loan will bear interest
at a rate of 4.44%, payable quarterly, and has a five year term. The new
senior term loan is expected to lower the Company's annual interest expense,
and provides the company with additional operating flexibility.

Separately, on June 7, 2013, Xcel completed a $5 million private placement of
its common stock. Threadstone Partners LP acted as the placement agent.These
transactions are part of the Company's continuing efforts to decrease net
leverage, which includes the Company's settlement of $1.4 million of future
payment obligations and the reduction of $6.3MM of contingent obligations in
December 2012, and provides Xcel with additional working capital and
flexibility for future growth.

Robert D'Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xcel Brands, Inc., said,
"I am pleased with the progress that we have made with the repositioning of
the Isaac Mizrahi New York brand.These recent capital transactions position
us well for the future."

About Xcel Brands, Inc.

Xcel Brands engages in the acquisition, design, licensing and marketing of
consumer brands incorporating an OMNICHANNEL sales strategy inclusive of
interactive media, digital and bricks and mortar retail.In 2011, the company
acquired designer apparel brand Isaac Mizrahi New York and an interest in Liz
Claiborne New York, quickly expanding into 100+ categories for the Isaac
Mizrahi brand.The company's executive management team possesses significant
talent, experience and a proven track record of success to create and grow
branded consumer products businesses.www.xcelbrands.com

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result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Erika Stair, Xcel Brands, Inc.
         + 1 (347) 727-2476, estair@xcelbrands.com
        
         Investor Relations:
         Seth Burroughs, Xcel Brands, Inc.
         +1 (347) 532-5894, sburroughs@xcelbrands.com
 
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