GB Merchant Partners Completes Equity Investment in Andrew Marc

Press Release
NEW YORK, NY — GB Palladin Capital, LLC, a division of Gordon Brothers Group, today announced the completion of an investment in Andrew Marc, the designer brand. The investment will allow Andrew Marc’s founders, Andrew and Suzanne Schwartz, to broaden the brand’s product lines and expand into new markets.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Andrew, Suzanne and the entire Andrew Marc management team,” commented Mark Schwartz, President of Gordon Brothers Group. “They have built one of the apparel industry’s most respected brands and we are confident that they will continue to grow the Andrew Marc name by expanding their collections, offering more product categories and moving into untapped, international markets.”

The Company currently operates under the Andrew Marc and Marc New York labels and is sold through exclusive department stores and specialty shops throughout North America. Although best known for its fine leather outerwear, the company has successfully transitioned into a full collection of outerwear garments.

Andrew Schwartz, the Company’s Founder and President, said “Suzanne and I have dedicated the past 24 years towards building the Andrew Marc brand. We have found in GB Palladin a partner that respects both the history and goals of our company. Importantly, GB Palladin has the financial resources and strategic know-how to help us grow our domestic operations and enter new markets overseas.”

“We believe that our customers would like an expanded selection of product categories that reflect the same quality and design of our current products,” added Suzanne Schwartz. “This transaction will provide us with the financial flexibility to develop additional categories under the Andrew Marc brand, through in-house development or selective licensing ventures.”

The Sage Group, LLC, a Los Angeles based, middle-market, investment bank represented Andrew and Suzanne Schwartz in the transaction. In addition to GB Palladin’s equity investment, the transaction was financed by CIT Commercial Services and CapitalSource Finance LLC.

About Andrew Marc
Andrew Marc is a leading designer brand and manufacturer of exclusive men’s and women’s leather and cloth outerwear. Andrew Schwartz founded the Andrew Marc brand in 1980 and in 1991, he along with wife Suzanne, purchased the brand from its corporate parent. Over the years the company has built a strong reputation among its diverse retail customers for its stylish integration of quality design and accessibility. The company markets its products under the Andrew Marc and Marc New York by Andrew Marc brand names and holds licenses with Levi’s & Co. to market leather and wool outerwear under the Dockers name, as well as leather and cloth outerwear under the Levi’s Red Tab and Levi’s Premium brand names.

About GB Palladin Capital
GB Palladin Capital, LLC, a division of Gordon Brothers Group, focuses on principal equity and structured debt investments, primarily in the consumer product and retail sectors. GB Palladin’s equity investments are typically made in partnership with quality management to fund growth strategies or finance a restructuring. Target companies typically have meaningful brand equity or a product or service capable of creating a leading and defensible market position with the strategic assistance of Gordon Brothers Group. Gordon Brothers Group (www.gordonbrothers.com), which was founded in 1903, provides customized global advisory, acquisition, disposition and capital services to client companies. The firm is headquartered in Boston and has twenty offices worldwide.