NEW YORK, August, 2016 – Betty Boop steps out in her first high-end fashion co-branding collaboration in Mexico through a deal brokered by King Features’ Mexican agent, Tycoon Group, and Royal Closet represented by Versa Licensing. The Betty Boop by Royal Closet collection, designed by Royal Closet, represents an amazing translation of the vintage style character that is perfectly suited for today’s contemporary woman.
For generation after generation, from the 1930s and to date, Betty Boop has been one of the world’s most beloved, iconic women. She remains the prototype of strong, independent woman and as an icon of women's liberation, breaking paradigms and always ahead of her time. Working closely with property owner Fleischer Studios, King Features is the exclusive worldwide licensing agent for Betty Boop.
The Royal Closet brand, owned by Montserrat Oliver (actress, fashion icon, TV host and entrepreneur), and Carlos Ortega, was designed by the latter and has been positioned in the marketplace by offering products that cater to the different moments and situations in the life of any woman who is interested in looking good.
Both are brands designed for today's women who are independent, versatile, feminine, bold, with unique personalities, who are not afraid to express themselves and be noticed.
The new line, which features clothing, pajamas, swimwear and accessories, is inspired by different trends of gender empowerment and limited to three colors: white, black and red. Focusing on shape, volume, texture and colors helps to draw attention to the detail and quality of the garments.
The design goal was to create a new visual identity and brand codes for Betty Boop by Royal Closet through this palette of colors, embroideries and prints (abstractions, lips, eyes, polka dots, hearts). In this first stage of the collaboration, the products will be exclusively for sale in a selection of 30 Liverpool stores. Liverpool is the largest chain of mid- to high-end department stores in Mexico.
About Betty Boop and Fleischer Studios
First introduced in 1930, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his “Talkartoons” series, the first “talkies” of animation, which Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, produced for Paramount. Mae Questel provided Betty’s distinctive voice. By 1932 Betty, considered to be the first and only female animated screen star, had taken the country by storm. Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official “Betty Boop” series, which ended in 1939. Since then, Betty has appeared in dozens of hit movies, television specials and commercials. She was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E’s “Biography” series.
As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop, King Features works closely with Fleischer Studios (www.fleischerstudios.com) to keep Betty entertaining millions of fans and collectors worldwide. Betty Boop’s popularity today shines through her prevalence in pop culture. She is one of the most popular and successful licensed characters in entertainment history, with licensees in the United States and around the world that produce quality products bearing Betty’s likeness in virtually every category. The official Betty Boop Web site is www.bettyboop.com.
About King Features
King Features Syndicate is a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, and is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, which includes cable network partnerships, television programming activities, and newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King is one of the most experienced organizations in licensing and entertainment and represents some of the most recognizable global brands, including Betty Boop, Popeye, Olive Oyl, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Beetle Bailey, Hägar the Horrible, Prince Valiant and Mandrake the Magician. Please visit www.kingfeatures.com.
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