Sam Edelman

Fashion is the theme of this year’s Licensing Expo, and event organizers have tapped a heavy hitter to kick off the action.

Informa Markets Global Licensing Group tapped fashion and footwear designer Sam Edelman to keynote the event in June. Edelman will be joined by Robert D’Loren, CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, to discuss how their brand built its fashion empire and expanded through licensing across multiple categories.

“I am honored to be speaking at Licensing Expo this year and to have the opportunity to share my experience and insights with the industry. At Sam Edelman, we have always believed in the power of brand extension through licensing, and I look forward to discussing how we have built our fashion empire and continued to expand our reach through licensing partnerships,” says Edelman says. “Fashion is such an important category for licensed consumer products, and I am excited to be a part of this conversation at Licensing Expo.”

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In recent years the toy and game industries have been intersecting with the fashion world in new ways, particularly in connecting with kidult consumers by pairing classic toy and game brands with streetwear and beyond.

According to Licensing International, fashion properties account for 9% of the total licensed consumer product revenue worldwide, topping more than $28 billion in annual sales.

Meet The Toy Book and The Pop Insider at Licensing Expo 2023

The Toy Book and our sister publication, The Pop Insider, will be in attendance at Licensing Expo next month. Stop by Booth No. N249 to meet the team and pick up the 2023 Licensing & Entertainment Issue of The Toy Book and our spring issue of The Pop Insider.

To register to attend Licensing Expo 2023 for free, visit