Jay-Z Purchases Artful Dodger Clothing Line

Jay-Z, through a new joint venture with the Iconix Brand Group called Scion LLC., has purchased the Artful Dodger clothing line for $15 million. The line, which has become increasingly popular over the past two years, specializes in high end denim, t-shirts and sweaters. As part of the agreement, Scion will enter into a multi-year licensing deal with Signature Apparel Group for the brand. Artful Dodger founder and CEO Scott Langton will join Signature and act as creative director and head designer.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have found a partner in Scion and am really excited about the future of Artful Dodger,” said Langton. “I am looking forward to working with Signature Apparel, who as a company, has both the production infrastructure and financial capacity to make Artful Dodger the brand I always envisioned it to be.” Scion is also exploring several other licensing partners in order to expand the brand into outerwear and footwear. “Artful Dodger is an incredible brand with a lot of room for growth and Scott Langton is a visionary designer,” Jay said in a statement. “They represent what’s next and new in fashion and we are glad to have both the brand and Scott as a part of our family. Artful Dodger represents the first of many acquisitions that will begin to shape our joint venture with Iconix.”

  • Kappa9

    I see someone wants to hold on to that Forbes #1 spot for a minute. This guy is the American Dream (pun intended)

  • ddubbzz

    Get em jay!

    • Danny

      No homo… lol

  • D.Dollar$

    Onther one for all the Jay haters……..Dig a Hole

  • r

    Hey he is doing it in a way that no one in the game will ever do. You boys check the moves pull ya pants up. Get in the door then go for yours. He is a smart man. That is Hustla to the fullest. Be a master not mastered.

  • Allen_J

    I honestly think he’s going to mess this up. I love this brand and if he changes the style of the clothing

    • PHARO

      No one spends 15 million to change the style of clothes of a growing business don’t be stupid.

      He’s just going to market & fund it better just like he did with Roca Fella. Then he will most likely sell it in 5 – 8 years for about $150 Million.

      Jay-Z will be a Billionaire in the next 4 years anyway. He’s playing Monopoly right now.

      Oprah is the only black billionaire in the world! (This is true)

      If Michael Jackson didn’t spend so much he would be up there too.

      I can’t wait till Jay-z, 50 Cent and Diddy become wealthy.

      • CHICAGO G

        dude ya research famo Bob Johnson is a billionaire and there are like 2 more black billionaires in africa…

      • Harlem Hustla

        False Oprah Was The First Black Female Billionaire. Bob Johnson Founder Of BET Was The First Black Billionaire. But Now There Are 2 Female Black Billionaires: Oprah & Bob Johnsons’ Wife. LMAO His Wife Got 2.5 Billion From The Divorce.

      • Tiredofthis Shit

        No Oprah is not the only black billionaire.
        She was one of the richest black people but no longer holds that title.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Al_Amoudi

  • THE FLYEST

    this man just doenst stop…he is so inspiring…by the way the new cd is another classic.

  • Da Kid

    Dam, Hov making big moves when will he stop?

  • YackSippr

    Now I see why this latest album is subpar.

    • REESE

      ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

      “AMERICAN GANGSTER” IS SUB-PAR????

      “DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC OR DO YOU JUST SKIM THROUGH IT?”

      v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v

    • beatz23

      false…his new cd is legit

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=16063#respond YackSippr

    Now I see why his latest album is subpar

  • BUSS

    ALLEN_J DID YOU EVEN READ THIS “Artful Dodger founder and CEO Scott Langton will join Signature and act as creative director and head designer” JAY IS NOT DESIGNING HE JUST OWNS IT NOW…ANOTHER 1 UNDER HIS BELT…

  • grapes

    Classic is a word often thrown around, and is most recently associated with the two albums American Gangster and Nigger. Personally, I know Nas has a knack of creating controversy and talk about his albums…a bunch of bullshit about it being “classic”.

    Quite frankly, Nas just isn’t the same. Kind of like everyone else. Bootleggers have been on their hustle though…that’s why I believe you can only label Jay’s new project as a classic if it sells more than 2 mil. I know sales aren’t everything, but they are still something when considering an album for classic status. Why only two mil? Because everyone else can barely sell 1 plaque, how hard would it be to get 2?

    But considering the amount of excitment over “Roc Boys” (personally, I’m still waiting on that Dead Presidents 3), IT’S STILL NOT CLASSIC. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER PEOPLE, AND GO BOOTLEG, THEN BUY 3 COPIES OF, 8 DIAGRAMS. Those guys have been DEFINING classic since hip-hop became a hit. Actually, they’re part of the reason it’s a hit.

    Jay? He’s just the guy who didn’t get shot (R.I.P. B.I.G. & Pac), but Nas was already up there. So if anyone should be considered classic, it’s Nas (though I highly doubt it…).

    BTW, I love Artful Dodger, I’m happy it’s going mainstream. Jay’s gonna have another big hit, get even richer, and become the second black billionaire (according to someone who commented before me) because I sure as hell don’t want Curtis (the biggest bitch you’ll ever hear about) or Diddy (the biggest fag you’ll ever hear about) reaching before him. Jay is still sickest (of those 3) and I give the new album an XL.

    • colron

      Ha, love the Wu, but there are better Musical Groups, and much less Musical Acts. Jay-Z is one such, by virtue of sales and general acclaim and probably even critical acclaim by now. Wu Tang Lost One. But they got you as a die hard fan. :)

  • Long-Lo

    Get’em Hov, show these youngin’s how to make your money work for you.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Good shit so now we will see AD all over print hoodies in Macys!!! (sarcastic)

  • cee-cipher

    people kill me when they say jigga like 40 & still rappin! what about scarface,fat joe,busta ryhmes,e-40,dr dre?,jigga is beyond the means of rapping & setting no limits to a rapper! people need to open there eyes & appreicate some one that came from the hood & is listed on forbes! keep doing ur thing jigga! & that american ganster is off the hook! it’s a pt2 to reasonable doubt! one & gone!!!

  • PHARO

    A singer can have a great career for a lifetime.

    Why Should a rap career stop when you get on?

    If Al Green or did a show for us right now i doubt we would have a problem with his age.

    Jay-z is currently 5 years older then 50 cent, i think he gon be 38 this December..not much of a difference.

    Hip hop is still a young style of music, the first rappers are still alive and no one has died of age yet.

    You will find there will be more older rappers as time goes on, because hip hop is slowly aging.

  • R.

    people kill me when they say jigga like 40 & still rappin! what about scarface,fat joe,busta ryhmes,e-40,dr dre?,jigga is beyond the means of rapping & setting no limits to a rapper! people need to open there eyes & appreicate some one that came from the hood & is listed on forbes! keep doing ur thing jigga! & that american ganster is off the hook! it’s a pt2 to reasonable doubt! one & gone!!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That is what I been saying for the longest. He is not the only dude in the game in their late thirties. He just the only one beside p-diddy that got real money.Oh yea Master P he got cash too.

  • kevg55

    bob johnson, who sold BET and owns charlotte bobcats was the first black billionare.

  • noodlez

    is this the clothing line that made the tee shirt he has on in the new xxl mag that says THE RULING ELITE and has the flying lady some one please let me know if not who makes that tee ps the diamond is Forever

    • Terrorismo

      That’s Crooks & Castles.

      dead ass ugleh brand.

  • G-UNIT IS THE WORLD!

    jay?50s g-unit line is comin out with a see through leather shoe line.that shit gonna be hot!g-unit tatted on my neck.i got the g-unit casket ready to go fo me and the g-unit steak knives!wat!

  • kritiq

    Iam not a “Business man” Iam a “Business” man

    Hov

  • trip

    the new Artful dodger jeans are flimsy, they don’t feel as high grade as the old ones, i just checked some of them out at Metropark, and they were weak. 150$?, i think more like 15$, they must have been priced wrong. i’m Artful Dodger fanatic, and this new stuff does not have all the detail the old stuff had, but the same prices though, what a joke.they got Artful Dodger at karmaloop.com, when you check out theres a box that says REP CODE put CX16629 in there, and get 20% off your first order then 10% off every time after that. that applies to anything on that site, they got the Jason hoodys too. don’t get ripped off with alot of the new Artful dodger clothes, and if you must have some of them, then at least save 20%

    • Lance Langton

      I would like to say that the material in the new AD jeans are better quality and lighter intended for better comfort, wait for the new stuff its unbeleivable!

  • seldom

    My homie TTorMenTT is a up and coming designer with a clothing line called “ForN6_Balistiks” Im going to tell all of you right now, THIS IS THE BEST UNDERGROUND GEAR TO EVER HIT THE HIP HOP FASHION INDUSTRY!!!

  • Stylin

    Well there goes the cool “artful” part of artful dodger. Dude is just going to destroy a good ass clothing line and turn it into some shitty street wear garbage.