NEW YORK (Sept. 11, 2014)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected Florida-based Home Source International as a beach towel licensee under its National Geographic and National Geographic Kids brands for North America.
Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Home Source will team up to launch a line of unique and colorful beach towels for kids and adults based on National Geographic’s photographic archive. The beach towels will launch to trade at the New York Home Fashions Market this month and will be available to consumers through retailers and trading partners in the United States and Canada in 2015.
“For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “We are excited to work with Home Source, one of the leaders in the textile industry, to bring some of this incredible photography and artwork to consumers on beach towels.”
“Home Source is pleased to partner with National Geographic,” said Keith Sorgeloos, president and CEO of Home Source. “National Geographic is a world-renowned organization that helps to educate and inspire people to care about the planet. We are delighted to introduce a new and exciting quality product to the market that showcases the best of their award-winning imagery.”
National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
About the National Geographic Society
With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the 126-year-old National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Working to inspire, illuminate and teach, the member-supported Society reaches over 600 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
About Home Source International
Founded in 2000 by Keith R. Sorgeloos, the current president and CEO, Home Source International has been an industry leader in domestic and international development of differentiated, unique and innovative home textiles, with a company that is focused on progressive product development and superb service. Known for their MicroCotton® towel and the launch of the bedding industry’s first-ever 100% rayon from bamboo sheets and top of bed, Home Source has established itself as an importer of quality home textiles and has secured licenses with international conglomerates such as Giorgio Armani, Diesel, Portico and Vera. Today, Home Source’s top brands include Coca-Cola, Condé Nast and Kennebunk Home.
In addition to textiles, Home Source has added furniture and lighting to its repertoire of home goods with the acquisition of Shiner International, a company whose products are manufactured exclusively in the USA at their 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Marianna, Florida. The new facility also features fully automated warehousing, cut and sew, fill of bedding products, a sophisticated pick-and-pack operation for retailers, third-party logistics customers and end-consumers alike. The short runs, quick turnaround and supply chain capabilities of the Made in USA manufacturing platform was necessitated by Home Source’s developing relationships with superstores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Sears. For more information, visit www.homesourceinternational.com.