The 2010 FIFA World Cup Official Licensed Product line, which is expected to become available in SA in late 2007, will include T-shirts, shorts, scarves, jackets, sleepwear and underwear.
Global Brands Group’s partnership with Seardel, which will extend through October 2010, should also provide a significant boost to local manufacturing businesses. As the largest textile and clothing manufacturer in South Africa, Seardel employs 15 000 people and expects to create additional jobs as the licensing program grows leading up to the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
Aaron Searll, CEO of Seardel said â€œWe are delighted to be a part of what is expected to be SA’s biggest licensed property for the next few years. Our partnership with Global Brands Group in this important category gives Seardel the opportunity to play its part in arguably the world’s greatest sporting event: It’s a prospect about which the company is extremely excited. We have the resources and infrastructure and have appointed a dedicated team to oversee the project.â€?
In 2005, FIFA appointed Global Brands Group as both its worldwide exclusive licensing representative and store operator for FIFA-branded retail destinations from 2007 to 2014. Additionally, Global Brands Group will act as the on-site concessionaire for all FIFA events throughout this eight-year term.