Apparel group Candie's Inc is to launch a Bongo-branded range of men's and boys' apparel for the autumn 2005 season.

The range, aimed at 15-24-year-olds, involves exclusive agreements with TKO Apparel Inc for men's denim and tops, Mamiye Brothers for boy's denim and tops, Kenneth Cole Productions for men's footwear and Viva International for men's and boy's eyewear.

The lines will be sold in mid-range department and speciality stores from August 2005 and its pieces will retail from $24.00 to $99.00.

Candie's developed the men's and boys' ranges after seeing good success with its Bongo junior and girl's ranges and pinpointing an opportunity in the market for a male equivalent.

Neil Cole, Candie's chief executive officer, said that the ranges were "the next strategic step" for the brand, and that the Bongo name was one of the most rapidly expanding junior brands in the marketplace.
 
Candie's Inc licenses the Candie's, Bongo and Badgley Mischka trademarks on a variety of footwear, apparel and fashion products. The company also manufactures footwear through its fully owned subsidiary Brightstar Footwear Inc.