Haggar Clothing Co. Acquires Louis Raphael Menswear Brand

DALLAS — April 6, 2018 — Haggar Clothing Co. has completed its purchase of certain assets of Brisbane, Calif.-based Kizan International Inc., doing business as Louis Raphael, a men’s apparel company. Haggar will acquire, among other assets, all of Kizan’s intellectual property, inventory and work in process.

“Louis Raphael has been an industry leader and innovator in the men’s pant category for over four decades, and we are honored to add the brand and its private label portfolio to our Haggar platform,” said Haggar CEO Michael Stitt. “The acquisition is both synergistic and strategic, and aligns with our core competencies and strategic priorities of exceptional quality, innovation and value.”

“Bill Kim is a well-respected industry pioneer who has built an incredible company over the past 46 years based on the fundamental principle of integrity. We thank him for entrusting his legacy to us,” Stitt said.

“I could not wish for a better company to carry on my life’s work than market-leader Haggar, which will be an outstanding steward of the brand and the company,” said Louis Raphael CEO and founder Bill Kim. “I want to thank my associates, suppliers and customers for their tremendous support over the last 46 years.”

Ed Srsic, who serves as president and COO at Louis Raphael, will join Haggar to lead the Louis Raphael business.

“Ed will be a terrific asset to our team, bringing both continuity and strong leadership to the business,” Stitt said. “We welcome Ed and all of the Louis Raphael associates who will be joining us.”

Haggar will continue to operate the Louis Raphael business out of its current offices and distribution center in California during a transition period through June 30, 2018, before bringing operations to Haggar’s Dallas headquarters and Fort Worth distribution center.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted April 6, 2018

Source: Haggar Clothing Co.