NEW YORK, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hearst Brand Development announced today the exclusive launch of Seventeen Magazine's fashion collection at Sears. The addition of the Seventeen Fashion Collection to its brand portfolio is designed to make Sears the ultimate destination for teens to get stylish looks, offering apparel, accessories and footwear to create the perfect ensemble. Beginning July 15, the full collection will be available at 450 Sears stores nationwide as well as on Sears.com. Shop Your Way members and customers can shop the collection, enter sweeps, and explore exclusive content from Seventeen Magazine at shopyourway.com.
The new line is designed to align with readers' personalities and suit every style for every girl, with a mix of playful key trends and everyday pieces—from flirty boho and sporty cool to pretty sweet and girly prep. The line, which features 83 pieces in total, includes printed leggings, denim vests, military jackets, boho dresses, comfortable cardigans and feminine blouses, as well as accessories, handbags, jewelry and footwear, all at an extremely affordable price point, retailing for under $50.
"Seventeen Magazine is a trusted leader in the teen market and fashion is one of its core pillars, so a clothing line is a natural extension for the brand," said Glen Ellen Brown, Vice President of Hearst Brand Development. "Sears' digital capabilities, along with its enormous distribution in an integrated retail model makes the Seventeen collaboration a natural fit, providing teens easy access to on-trend and affordable apparel, available across every platform."
In conjunction with the launch, the unique hashtag #17Style will be utilized across all social media platforms. Sears will additionally offer 10 specialty shops featuring Seventeen signage, charging stations and interactive elements such as digital magazine content and social feeds.
"As we continue to transform the Sears apparel business, we are working to create deeper, exclusive brand relationships that both engage our members and increase the level of fashion across multiple channels," said Sheila Field, Chief Marketing Officer for Sears Apparel. "By combining the influence and fashion credentials of Seventeen Magazine with the broad reach and integrated retail leadership of Sears we can bring the teen shopper the styles she wants with the enhanced shopping experience she has come to expect."
The relationship marks the magazine's first apparel and accessories collection since its inception 70 years ago. Produced by Adjmi Apparel Group, the new collection will arrive just in time for back-to-school shopping.
About Hearst Brand Development
Hearst Brand Development, a division of Hearst Magazines, translates the equities of Hearst's powerful and diverse magazine portfolio into consumer products. By forming strategic partnerships with top-tier manufacturers and retailers to create and market innovative licensed products, Hearst Brand Development enables readers to make Hearst brands a dynamic part of their lives. In 2012, consumers spent more than $400 million on Hearst branded products across fully diversified retail channels. In 2014, in addition to the Seventeen Fashion Collection, Hearst Brand Development continued to expand its substantial partnerships, while maintaining a strategic focus on new business for brands such as Car & Driver, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Popular Mechanics, Road & Track, and Veranda.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 1,320 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes more than 790 Full-line and more than 50 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
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