A History of Innovative Thinking
Lauded for his visionary approach to business, Bob D’Loren’s leadership and innovation has turned novel ideas into powerful brands.
An Industry Disrupter
As Chairman and CEO of Xcel Brands, Bob D’Loren is disrupting an industry that is ripe for change, and in doing so, is changing the way retail does business. Bob spearheaded its unique omnichannel platform, connecting the channels of digital, bricks & mortar, social media and interactive television to create a single customer view and brand experience for Xcel’s brands.
Prior to forming Xcel Brands and IPX Capital, Bob D’Loren was the Founder, President and CEO of NexCen Brands, a global consumer products holding company that owned 9 companies with operations in 45 countries. These companies included: The Athlete’s Foot, The Shoe Box, Waverly Home, Bill Blass, Maggie Moo’s, Marble Slab Creamery, Pretzel Time, Pretzelmaker and Great American Cookie Company. Total annual retail sales exceeded $1 billion.
Bob D’Loren’s visionary work among consumer products companies includes the recapitalization and restructure of Candie's Shoes, Inc. and subsequent formation and rebranding into Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Some but not all of the Iconix Brand Group, Inc. brands included: Candie's, Bongo, Joe Boxer, Badgley Mischka, Rampage, MUDD and Mossimo. Total annual retail sales exceeded $1.5 billion. In 1998, he founded CAK-Universal Credit Corporation with Prudential Securities, acquired it in 2002 and rebranded it UCC Capital Corporation where he pioneered unique structured financing techniques for intellectual property centric companies that included media, entertainment and consumer products, earning critical acclaim for innovation and best in industry awards. Bob D’Loren’s total career debt and equity investments in over 30 entertainment and consumer branded products companies exceeds $1 billion. His early entrepreneurship role began in 1985 as founder, President and CEO of the D’Loren Organization, an investment and advisory firm responsible for over $2 billion in transactions. He has also served as an asset manager for Fosterlane Management as well as a manager with Deloitte.
As an honoree, Bob D’Loren has been lauded for his leadership and innovation across industries as well as for his work as a humanitarian. He has served on the Board of Directors for Iconix Brand Group, Inc., NexCen Brands, Longaberger Company, Business Loan Center and XCEL Brands. Among charities, he has served as Board director for Achilles International. Mr. D’Loren is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from New York University.
In 2011, Bob D’Loren founded Xcel Brands, pioneering a truly omnichannel company that creates a singular, brand experience for consumers. Xcel owns the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, C. Wonder, H Halston, and Highline Collective brands. In recognition of its innovative business model, Xcel Brands was named a “2017 Top Innovator” by Apparel Magazine, a leading retail industry media outlet. In addition, Bob D’Loren formed IPX Capital, a private investment company.
Aether Holdings acquired UCC Capital Corporation and Bob rebranded it as Nexcen Brands, a $300 million leveraged public investment fund and global brand management company. In addition, he was awarded 'Dealmaker of the Year' by the Executive Council of New York through the organization's New York TenAwards program in recognition for his innovation in brand acquisition and management.
Bob D’Loren acquired CAK Universal Credit Corporation and rebranded it as UCC Capital Corporation. During this period, Bob was awarded “Dealmaker of the Year” and “Deal of the Year” by M&A Advisors. He was also honored with “Deal of the Year” by Institutional Investor – Securitization News and “Deal of Distinction” by Licensing Executives Society.
In 1998, Bob D’Loren established CAK Universal Credit Corporation with Prudential Securities, a $200 million asset-backed securities fund and advisory firm. Investments focused on media, entertainment and consumer brands.
In 1985, Bob D’Loren formed the D’Loren Organization, a leveraged investment fund and advisory firm focused on real estate, consumer brands and the entertainment sector. Transaction values exceeded over $2 billion and in 1997, the D’Loren Organization and related assets were sold.