New York, NY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 Republic Records has entered into a strategic partnership with renowned fashion designer John Varvatos to formally launch John Varvatos Records in 2014.

Varvatos will personally serve as the curator and president of the label, spearheading the signing of new acts and the release of high-profile reissues and compilations. The imprint’s focus is genuine music in the spirit of legends.  This stands out as a revolutionary collaboration, co-mingling two distinct brands under one common banner with a united goal of releasing timeless records.  William Morris Endeavor agent Jon Rosen brokered the deal between Varvatos and Republic Records at the top of the year.

Varvatos comments, “Music has always been my big passion and an energy force in my life. As a result, my brand is deeply rooted in it as well. The connection between fashion and music is undeniable and symbiotic. In Republic Records, I have found the perfect partner to create a new music platform. Their success stands unparalleled when it comes to finding and nurturing new talent.”

Republic Records Label founder, chairman, and chief executive officer Monte Lipman adds, “John Varvatos is one of the most iconic and important brands in fashion. When Charlie Walk brought this deal to our attention, I felt it instantly exemplified the ethos our company was founded upon. We look forward to embarking on a new journey with one of fashion’s foremost figures.”

Label executive vice president Charlie Walk shares his enthusiasm. “John is the only fashion icon I know who has music imbedded into his brand. His appreciation for music along with his incredible taste and texture makes him the perfect partner where music and fashion collide in the truest sense.”

The John Varvatos brand has launched high-profile campaigns featuring musical greats from Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, and Velvet Revolver to Green Day, Gary Clark Jr., Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, and Dave Matthews. Rock legends KISS even serve as the face of the company’s Spring 2014 campaign. In addition, Varvatos took over the famous spot of CBGB’s in 2008, opening his 315 Bowery Store. It has played host to free shows from the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Slash, Tom Morello, The Roots, and countless others. In addition to authoring Rock in Fashion, Varvatos also hosts his very own radio show on Sirius/XM.


About Republic Records:
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, James Blake, Of Monsters and Men, Owl City, among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley, St. Vincent), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Tïesto, Martin Garrix), NBC’s The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band), XO (The Weeknd), among others.

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About John Varvatos:
Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances, and John Varvatos U.S.A. Collection and Boys’ line, as well as Converse by John Varvatos.  The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007 and The CNN Style Award’s “Menswear Designer of the Year” in 2013.  In October 2013, John released his first book entitled John Varvatos: Rock In Fashion, which documents the elements of rock style that are intrinsic in the music community. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques across the U.S. and Canada, online, as well as in better department stores throughout the world.

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