Participates in Bluestar Alliance’s Acquisition of Scotch & Soda Brand
LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) (“B. Riley”), a diversified financial services platform, today announced it has acquired an equity interest in Scotch & Soda through its participation in the recent acquisition of the fashion brand by New York-based brand management company, Bluestar Alliance, LLC (“Bluestar”).
Scotch & Soda is a Dutch fashion brand with collections spanning menswear, womenswear, kidswear, denim, eyewear, fragrances, and accessories. Bluestar will continue to operate the brand while expanding its luxury retail distribution strategy and introducing Scotch & Soda to new consumer demographics.
Bryant Riley, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Financial, commented: “This investment builds on the success of our long-standing relationship with Bluestar and enhances our existing brands business. Our brands portfolio has generated meaningful returns for B. Riley since the inception of this business on our platform at the end of 2019. We intend to pursue additional opportunities to enhance this business in line with our stated strategy to expand and diversify our sources of steady and recurring earnings.”
B. Riley established its brands portfolio in October 2019 with the purchase of assets and intellectual property related to six brands: Catherine Malandrino, English Laundry, Joan Vass, Kensie, Limited Too and Nanette Lepore. B. Riley expanded its brands portfolio through its participation in Bluestar’s acquisitions of Hurley and Justice in November 2019 and December 2020, respectively.
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