Industry Noize: Furano’s Epic CBGB Deal

Epic Rights, the merch company founded by former Signatures Network chief Dell Furano, has been named the global branding, licensing and rights-management representative of CBGB – the famed New York City nightclub that closed eight years ago.

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CBGB may no longer physically exist, but its memory lives on. And Epic Rights plans to launch a line of CBGB-licensed gear that will include T-shirts and other merchandise including hoodies, footwear and “unique capsule collections inspired by CBGB,” according to the trade Apparel News.

Epic Rights executive VP Juli Boylan-Riddles told Apparel News the first delivery of CBGB merchandise will land in high-end specialty stores for spring/summer 2015.

The company also handles licensed gear for artists including KISS and Aerosomith. Furano started the Epic Rights business in January. He sold Signatures in 2007 to Live Nation but continued to run its merch division for five years before again striking out on his own.

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