Margaritaville takes a partner
Schou to furnish outdoor lifestyle
By Cinde W. Ingram -- Casual Living, 1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
Wasting away in Margaritaville will look better than ever soon.
The Margaritaville lifestyle inspired by songwriter Jimmy Buffett already appears in a variety of successful businesses – restaurants, footwear, apparel, beer, liquors and frozen concoction makers.
“The Margaritaville lifestyle encourages relaxation and putting the fun back in outdoor living,” said John Cohlan, CEO, Margaritaville Enterprises. “The growth of the outdoor living industry has definitely been beneficial for us as a company and consumers have responded positively to our various businesses.”
Bruce Masden knew Margaritaville Enterprises had extended its brand to other categories, but was fascinated with the concept of a Margaritaville-branded outdoor furniture collection. “A collection of outdoor furniture and related accessories is the most obvious and creative way to share the Margaritaville lifestyle with the world,” Masden said. When he joined Schou USA as vice president of sales in March 2009, Masden realized he was with a company that could help bring his idea to fruition.
“Bruce originally developed the idea for this partnership and was passionate about it from the very beginning,” Cohlan said. “We at Margaritaville admire people who have passion for what we do. Bruce kept in touch with us over the years and once he began working with Schou USA, we knew the right people were in the mix and the timing was perfect.”
Design and development is underway now while Schou works with retailers to develop products that fit their specific needs. Products will debut for the 2011 season.
“We think the industry is ready for innovative, fun products and together Schou and Margaritaville can make that happen,” said Christopher J. Curran, president, Schou USA. “The Margaritaville brand is incredibly inclusive and invites everyone to kick back, relax and have a great time. There isn’t any part of the Margaritaville flagship brand and enterprise that doesn’t cater to the enjoyment of the outdoors.”
Curran foresees a strong future for this partnership. “We have the desire to help Margaritaville Enterprises grow its brand beyond their core or traditional markets and introduce it to consumers all over the world,” he said. “In the USA, there is an opportunity for every major retailer to work with us to develop the right products that will allow their customers to experience the Margaritaville brand.”
Cohlan also has high expectations for the venture. “This is a category that lends itself to innovation and we think Schou will raise the bar in terms of product functionality and performance,” he said.
Those products will include outdoor furniture and related accessories, beach furniture, shade products such as umbrellas and pavilions, dining and deep seating sets, and outdoor products for the tailgating and entertaining markets.
“We hope that the products we create will complement the Margaritaville-branded products that are already in the marketplace, such as the Margaritaville Tailgater Grill or the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker,” Curran said. “We think that our products will enhance those and continue to help consumers create a Margaritaville-style escape in their own backyards.”
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