|Founded||1999 by Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter and Damon Dash|
|Headquarters||New York, United States|
|Key people||Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (CEO)|
|Products||Clothing, footwear, fragrance and fashion accessories|
|Revenue||$700 million (FY 2007)|
|Owner(s)||Iconix Brand Group|
Rocawear is an American clothing manufacturer based in New York. It was created in 1999 by Roc-A-Fella Records co-founders Damon Dash and Jay-Z, and has had annual sales of $700 million. Its first season was designed with the help of graphic designer and branding expert Ney Pimentel, who was also instrumental in developing the company's brand as a whole. Rocawear expanded its brand through licensing pacts to develop lines for children and juniors; socks and sandals; leather, suede, and fur outerwear; handbags and belts; lounge wear; big and tall; headwear; jewelry; and sunglasses; as well as co-branded product with Pro-Keds, State Property, and Team Roc.
R&B superstar Ciara signed to be the new face of Rocawear in 2007 for the 'I Will Not Lose' campaign. Chris Brown, Memphis rap collective Three 6 Mafia, radio personality Ebro Darden, Rich Boy, and Toccara were amongst the other celebrities who were part of the campaign.
In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group for $204 million. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing, and product development.
In March 2009, Rocawear launched its first social networking site, offering style news, music, fashion, and cultural connections.
In 2012, Rocawear was a €490 million clothing business.
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