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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2024

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                       to

Commission file number 0-18183

G-III APPAREL GROUP, LTD.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

512 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York
(Address of principal executive offices)

    

41-1590959
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

10018
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(212) 403-0500

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

GIII

The Nasdaq Stock Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  Yes No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.  Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of   “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

    

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its managements assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements.

Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive officers during the relevant recovery period pursuant to §240.10D-1(b).

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act)  Yes  No 

As of July 31, 2023, the aggregate market value of the registrant’s voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant (based on the last sale price for such shares as quoted by the Nasdaq Global Select Market) was approximately $1,042,589,801.

The number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s Common Stock as of March 21, 2024 was 45,417,321.

Documents incorporated by reference: Certain portions of the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement relating to the registrant’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on or about June 13, 2024, to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Report.

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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND RISK FACTORS

Various statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K, in future filings by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in our press releases and in oral statements made from time to time by us or on our behalf constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “will,” “project,” “we believe,” “is or remains optimistic,” “currently envisions,” “forecasts,” “goal” and similar words or phrases and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also include representations of our expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those described in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”

SUMMARY OF RISKS AFFECTING OUR BUSINESS

Our business is subject to numerous risks. The following summary highlights some of the risks you should consider with respect to our business and prospects. This summary is not complete and the risks summarized below are not the only risks we face. You should review and consider carefully the risks and uncertainties described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section contained in Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K which includes a more complete discussion of the risks summarized below as well as a discussion of other risks related to our business and an investment in our common stock.

the failure to maintain our material license agreements could cause us to lose significant revenues and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations;
unless we are able to increase the sales of our other products, acquire new businesses and/or enter into other license agreements covering different products, the limited extension period of the amended Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger license agreements could cause a significant decrease in our net sales and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations;
any adverse change in our relationship with PVH Corp. and its Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger brands would have a material adverse effect on our results of operations;
our dependence on the strategies and reputation of our licensors;
risks relating to our wholesale operations including, among others, maintaining the image of our proprietary brands, business practices of our customers that could adversely affect us and retail customer concentration;
our significant customer concentration, and the risk that the loss of one of our largest customers could adversely affect our business;
risks relating to our retail operations segment;
our ability to achieve operating enhancements and cost reductions from our retail operations;
dependence on existing management;
our ability to make strategic acquisitions and possible disruptions from acquisitions, including our ownership of the entire Karl Lagerfeld business;
need for additional financing;
seasonal nature of our business and effect of unseasonable or extreme weather on our business;
possible adverse effects from disruptions to the worldwide supply chain;
price, availability and quality of materials used in our products;
the need to protect our trademarks and other intellectual property;
risk that our licensees may not generate expected sales or maintain the value of our brands;
the impact of the current economic and credit environment on us, our customers, suppliers and vendors, including without limitation, the effects of inflationary cost pressures and higher interest rates;
effects of war, acts of terrorism, natural disasters or public health crises could adversely affect our business and results of operations, including the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East;
our dependence on foreign manufacturers;
risks of expansion into foreign markets, conducting business internationally and exposures to foreign currencies;

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risks related to the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong;
the need to successfully upgrade, maintain and secure our information systems;
increased exposure to consumer privacy, cybersecurity and fraud concerns, including as a result of a remote working environment;
possible adverse effects of data security or privacy breaches;
the impact on our business of the imposition of tariffs by the United States government and the escalation of trade tensions between countries;
changes in tax legislation or exposure to additional tax liabilities that could impact our business;
the effect of regulations applicable to us as a U.S. public company;
focus on corporate responsibility issues by stakeholders;
potential effect on the price of our stock if actual results are worse than financial forecasts or if we are unable to provide financial forecasts;
fluctuations in the price of our common stock;
impairment of our trademarks or other intangibles may require us to record charges against earnings; and
risks related to our indebtedness.

Any forward-looking statements are based largely on our expectations and judgments and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are unforeseeable and beyond our control. A detailed discussion of significant risk factors that have the potential to cause our actual results to differ materially from our expectations is described in Part I of this Form 10-K under the heading “Risk Factors.” We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

WEBSITE ACCESS TO REPORTS

Our website is www.g-iii.com. We make available, free of charge, on our website (under the heading “Investors”) our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. No information contained on our website is intended to be included as part of, or incorporated by reference into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Information relating to our corporate governance, including copies of our Code of Ethics and Conduct, Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charters, and other policies and guidelines, are available at our website under “Investors.” Paper copies of these filings and corporate governance documents are available to stockholders free of charge by written request to Investor Relations, G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., 512 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10018. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC. The address of the SEC’s website is http://www.sec.gov.

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PART I

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS.

Unless the context otherwise requires, “G-III,” “us,” “we” and “our” refer to G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. and its subsidiaries. References to fiscal years refer to the year ended or ending on January 31 of that year. For example, our fiscal year ended January 31, 2024 is referred to as “fiscal 2024.”

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. is a Delaware corporation that was formed in 1989. We and our predecessors have conducted our business since 1974.

Overview

We design, source and market an extensive range of apparel, including outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear, as well as women’s handbags, footwear, small leather goods, cold weather accessories and luggage. G-III has a substantial portfolio of more than 30 licensed and proprietary brands, anchored by our key brands: DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Nautica and Halston, as well as other major brands that currently drive our business, including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. We distribute our products through multiple channels and in markets located in a variety of geographies.

Our own proprietary brands include DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Eliza J, Jessica Howard, Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel. We have an extensive portfolio of well-known licensed brands, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Halston, Levi’s, Guess?, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Vince Camuto, Dockers and Champion. Through our team sports business, we have licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and over 150 U.S. colleges and universities. We also source and sell products to major retailers for their own private label programs.

Our products are sold through a cross section of leading retailers such as Macy’s, including its Bloomingdale’s division, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay Company, including its Saks Fifth Avenue division, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, TJX Companies, Ross Stores, Burlington and Costco. We also sell our products using digital channels through retail partners such as macys.com, nordstrom.com and dillards.com, each of which operates significant digital businesses. In addition, we sell to leading online retail partners such as Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos.

We also distribute apparel and other products directly to consumers through our own DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Vilebrequin retail stores, as well as through our digital sites for our DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel brands.

We operate in fashion markets that are intensely competitive. Our ability to continuously evaluate and respond to changing consumer demands and tastes, across multiple market segments, distribution channels and geographic areas is critical to our success. Although our portfolio of brands is aimed at diversifying our risks in this regard, misjudging shifts in consumer preferences could have a negative effect on our business. Our continued success depends on our ability to design products that are accepted in the marketplace, source the manufacture of our products on a competitive basis, and continue to diversify our product portfolio and the markets we serve.

We believe that consumers prefer to buy brands they know, and we have continually sought to increase the portfolio of name brands we can offer through different tiers of retail distribution and for a wide array of products at a variety of price points. We have increased the portfolio of brands we offer through licenses and acquisitions. It is our objective to continue to expand our product offerings and we are continually discussing new licensing opportunities with brand owners and seeking to acquire established brands.

Segments

We report based on two segments: wholesale operations and retail operations.

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Our wholesale operations segment includes sales of products to retailers under owned, licensed and private label brands, as well as sales related to the Karl Lagerfeld and Vilebrequin businesses, including from retail stores operated by Vilebrequin and Karl Lagerfeld, other than sales of product under the Karl Lagerfeld Paris brand generated by our retail stores and digital sites. Wholesale revenues also include revenues from license agreements related to our owned trademarks including DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc, Vilebrequin and Sonia Rykiel.

Our retail operations segment consists primarily of direct sales to consumers through our company-operated stores and product sales through our digital sites for the DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, G.H. Bass and Wilsons Leather brands. Our company-operated stores primarily consist of DKNY and Karl Lagerfeld Paris retail stores, substantially all of which are operated as outlet stores.

Recent Developments

Repositioning and Expansion of Donna Karan

We acquired the DKNY and Donna Karan brands, two of the most iconic American fashion brands, in December 2016. We initially repositioned and relaunched DKNY and we have successfully grown the brand. We are now focused on the repositioning and expansion of the Donna Karan brand with first deliveries made for Spring 2024. The new Donna Karan is a modern system of dressing created to appeal to a woman’s senses on every level, addressing her full lifestyle needs. Our Donna Karan product is currently being distributed in the United States through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores, digital channels and our own Donna Karan website. Donna Karan is widely considered to be a top fashion brand and is recognized as one of the most famous designer names in American fashion. We believe that the strength of the Donna Karan brand, along with our success with the DKNY brand, demonstrates the potential for our new Donna Karan products.

License Agreement for Nautica Brand

In March 2023, we entered into a long-term license with Authentic Brands Group for women’s apparel under the Nautica brand in North America.

We plan to produce products under the Nautica brand across a number of categories starting with a full women’s jeanswear collection and then expanding in a phased approach into additional categories including sportswear, suit separates and dresses. The new five-year license agreement, effective as of January 2024, includes three extensions, for five years each. First deliveries began in January 2024. The product is expected to be distributed in North America through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores, digital channels and Nautica’s stores and website, as well as in franchised stores globally. We believe that significant opportunity exists in the better women’s apparel space in categories where we have strong expertise.

License Agreement for Halston Brand

In May 2023, we entered into a global twenty-five year master license with Xcel Brands, Inc. to design and produce all categories of men’s and women’s product for the Halston brand.

The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, followed by a twenty-year period, with G-III having the right to terminate every five years. We also have a purchase option for the Halston brand at the end of the twenty-five year term. First deliveries of Halston product are expected to begin in July 2024. Our Halston product is expected to be distributed globally through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores and digital channels. We believe that significant opportunity exists in the better women’s apparel space where G-III has significant expertise.

License Agreement for Champion Brand

In September 2023, we entered into a license with HanesBrands Inc. to design and produce men’s and women’s outerwear collections for their Champion brand in North America.

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The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, effective as of January 2024, with a five year renewal option based on achieving certain sales targets. First deliveries of Champion product are expected for the Fall 2024 season. Our Champion product is expected to be distributed in North America through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores and digital channels. Our collections will feature quality heritage pieces that complement and enhance Champion’s principles. We believe this license aligns with G-III’s core competencies in outerwear and will fit seamlessly into our well-developed outerwear business.

Strategic Initiatives

We are focused on the following strategic initiatives, which we believe are critical to our long-term success:

Drive our brands across categories: We are a partner of choice to a diversified retail network, supplying a broad range of over 20 apparel, accessory and footwear categories across our owned and licensed brands. Our data-driven approach prioritizes the consumer in all aspects of our business and enables us to create category lines that offer a compelling mix of products. We believe the potential of our brands will assist us in gaining new customers and expanding our product offerings. We have increased our focus on segmenting our portfolio of brands to grow our market share across our distribution channels. Additionally, we have added Nautica and Halston to our portfolio of licensed brands. We believe we can unlock the potential of these brands and expand them into a broad range of additional categories as we diversify their product offerings. We are also launching outerwear for Champion, a well-recognized brand across a wide consumer base.

Expanding our portfolio of owned brands: We own a portfolio of globally recognized brands including DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Vilebrequin, among others. Owning our own brands is advantageous to us for several reasons:

-We have full control of these brands and can distribute them globally across channels, including though our omni-channel retail and online retailers, through off-price channels and direct to the consumer through our stores and digital sites.
-We can realize significantly higher operating margins as we do not pay licensing fees on sales of our proprietary products and can also generate additional licensing revenues (which have no related cost of goods sold) for categories of products we do not produce.
-We are able to license our proprietary brands in new categories and geographies to carefully selected licensees.
-We are able to build equity in these brands to benefit the long-term interests of our stockholders.

We believe we can expand our owned brands and their international reach. Our first full year of ownership of Karl Lagerfeld accelerated this growth. We are investing to increase the lifestyle appeal of our owned brands as we grow them organically. We are also expanding into new lifestyle categories and working with new distribution partners to grow into new geographies. We have experienced positive results in the performance in each of our owned brand’s key licensed product categories. We believe we have significant opportunities to increase the overall profitability of our owned brands.

We continue to explore strategic opportunities, including acquisitions and investments in brands and companies, as well as joint-ventures and licensing opportunities that we believe are additive to our overall business. We take a disciplined approach to any acquisitions, seeking brands with broad consumer recognition that we can grow profitably and expand by leveraging our infrastructure and core competencies.

Continue to develop and expand our DKNY business and re-position and expand the Donna Karan business: We believe that Donna Karan and DKNY are two of the most iconic and recognizable brands and we are well positioned to unlock their potential and expand the reach of these brands. We are leveraging our demonstrated ability to drive organic growth and develop talent within our Company to maximize the potential of the Donna Karan and DKNY brands. We began our relaunch of our Donna Karan brand in January 2024. The new Donna Karan is a modern system of dressing created to appeal to a woman’s senses on every level, addressing the lifestyle needs of a new consumer.  Inspired by the Donna Karan archives, we have thoughtfully created a new

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product line that captures the brand’s ethos of timeless elegance, empowering women and accessible luxury, tailored to meet the lifestyle needs of today’s consumer. We supported this relaunch in several key ways:

-We launched a highly visible marketing campaign to showcase timeless outfits that draw inspiration from popular past Donna Karan product lines.
-We redesigned the Donna Karan website to engage consumers with the power of the brand.
-With our fragrance partner, we launched our first-ever fragrance collection to compliment Donna Karan’s existing iconic fragrance offerings.

Our initial product offering is resonating with consumers. The excitement and attention created by this launch has generated momentum and we believe we can expand the brand globally over time.

DKNY merges modern tailoring with sophisticated ease, celebrating the aspirational and practical spirit of New York, with a highly differentiated perspective from Donna Karan. The brand has global distribution, including premier department stores and their digital sites, partner run stores and online retailers. We believe we have the opportunity to increase the international presence of the DKNY brand through elevating its wholesale profile and developing a digital footprint with Zalando and other key online retailers. We are launching a marketing initiative for DKNY to drive global brand awareness with a focus on the brand’s more youthful appeal.  

Expanding our international business: We continue to expand our international business and enter into new markets worldwide. In fiscal 2023, we acquired the remaining interests in the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand which grew our European business and added new international expertise. In fiscal 2022, we purchased European luxury fashion brand Sonia Rykiel. We own Vilebrequin, a premier provider of status swimwear, resort wear and related accessories that was founded in Europe. We have created innovative experiences that allow consumers to experience Karl Lagerfeld and Vilebrequin by expanding these brands into the leisure industry, strengthening their global lifestyle appeal and extending their reach. We believe these brands can enable us to expand in the international space and that there is untapped potential for these brands. In addition, we believe that the international sales and profit opportunity is quite significant for our DKNY and Donna Karan businesses and, as a result, we are expanding our DKNY and Donna Karan businesses globally. Continued growth, brand development and marketing in overseas markets is critical to driving global brand recognition.

Increasing digital channel business opportunities: We are continuing to make changes to our business to address the additional challenges and opportunities created by the evolving role of the digital marketplace in the retail sector and expect to increase sales of our products in an omni-channel environment. We are investing in digital personnel, marketing, logistics, planning, distribution and other strategic opportunities to expand our digital footprint. Consumers are increasingly engaging with brands through digital channels, and we believe that this trend will continue to grow in the coming years. Our key brands serve as the anchor of our business and position us to be the direct beneficiaries of this trend. By continuing to leverage our partnerships with the digital channels operated by major retailers, online distributors and our licensors, as well as building out our own digital capabilities, we intend to facilitate brand awareness, increase consumer engagement and, ultimately, drive sales.

Our Strengths

Broad portfolio of globally recognized brands.  In an environment of rapidly changing consumer fashion trends and preferences, we benefit from a balanced mix of more than 30 licensed and proprietary brands anchored by our key brands: DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Nautica and Halston, as well as other major brands that currently drive our business, including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, all of which have strong brand equity and long-standing consumer appeal. Our overall brand portfolio includes other complementary brands that are diversified across product categories, price points, demographics, occasions, fits and sizes, and styles and genres. Our proprietary brands include DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass & Co., Eliza J, Jessica Howard, Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel. We are a licensee of choice for well-known fashion brands including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Halston, Levi’s, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Vince Camuto, Dockers and Champion. We also license team sports oriented brands, including the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Starter and over 150 U.S. colleges and universities. We believe that our well-

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diversified brand portfolio of key brands and complementary brands is well positioned to satisfy ongoing consumer needs and preferences. Additionally, our experience in developing and acquiring licensed brands and proprietary labels, as well as our reputation for producing high quality, well-designed apparel, has led major customers to select us as a partner of choice for their own private label programs.

We currently market apparel and other products under, among others, the following licensed and proprietary brand names:

Women's

    

Men's

    

Team Sports

Licensed Brands

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

National Football League

Calvin Klein Jeans

Tommy Hilfiger

Major League Baseball

Tommy Hilfiger

Kenneth Cole

National Basketball Association

Nautica

Halston

National Hockey League

Halston

Champion

IMG Collegiate Licensing Company

Champion

Cole Haan

Starter

Kenneth Cole

Levi's

Cole Haan

Dockers

Levi's

Margaritaville

Vince Camuto

Margaritaville

Proprietary Brands

DKNY

G-III Sports by Carl Banks

DKNY

Karl Lagerfeld

G-III for Her

Donna Karan

Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Karl Lagerfeld

Andrew Marc

Karl Lagerfeld Paris

Marc New York

Andrew Marc

Vilebrequin

Marc New York

G. H. Bass & Co.

Vilebrequin

Wilsons Leather

Sonia Rykiel

G. H. Bass & Co.

Eliza J

Jessica Howard

Long-standing relationships forged with retailers and license partners through emphasis on design, sourcing and quality control. We believe our core strengths provide a foundation that drives our partnerships with retailers and licensors. Our in-house design and merchandising teams design substantially all of our licensed, proprietary and private label products, and our designers work closely with our licensors and private label customers to create designs and styles that represent the look they seek to project. We believe that we have developed a significant customer following and positive reputation in the industry as a result of our design capabilities, sourcing expertise, on-time delivery and high standards of quality control. Our service, brand stewardship and industry expertise have allowed us to continue to deliver as a go-to preferred partner for many of our customers.

Well-developed supply chain infrastructure is a key core competency that leverages strong vendor relationships developed over the past 40 years. We have long-standing, trust-based relationships with our vendors that form the foundation of our global supply chain that has been built upon over the last 40 years. We have a network of worldwide suppliers that allows us to access the highest quality products, negotiate competitive terms without relying on any single vendor, access new technology and design insights, and enhance our market intelligence. We support and cultivate these relationships by continuously investing management time while also maintaining a physical presence in key jurisdictions. We employ a quality control team and a sourcing group to ensure the quality of our products, as well as local teams that operate on the ground with a hands-on approach and a deep-rooted knowledge base with respect to our manufacturers. By working closely with our global partners on all aspects of the supply chain, we aim to safeguard against potential disruptions. We believe that we have a long-standing competitive advantage with our current supply chain partners and we continue to focus on broadening the breadth and depth of our inventory sourcing capabilities. We continue to focus on

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methods aimed at bolstering production and devising and implementing strategies to further diversify our production base and expand sourcing capabilities across the globe while leveraging best practices and strong vendor relationships.

Diversified business mix across customers, price points, products, and distribution channels.  We market our products at multiple price points and across multiple channels of distribution, allowing us to provide products to a broad range of consumers. Our products are sold to approximately 1,700 customers, including a cross section of retailers such as Macy’s, including its Bloomingdale’s division, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay Company, including its Saks Fifth Avenue division, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, TJX Companies, Ross Stores and Burlington and Costco. We also sell our products using digital channels through retail partners such as macys.com, nordstrom.com and dillards.com, each of which has a substantial online business. In addition, we sell to leading online retail partners such as Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos and have made minority investments in two e-commerce retailers. Our strong relationships with retailers have been established through many years of personal customer service and our objective of meeting or exceeding retailer expectations. In addition, we continue to make changes to our business to address the additional challenges and opportunities created by the evolving role of the online marketplace in the retail sector and expect to expand the sale of our products in an omni-channel environment. As economic conditions waver and consumer trends change, we believe that our deep-rooted relationships across the retail landscape, diversified brands serving a wide range of consumers and our product portfolio mix that covers a broad mix of price points allow us to operate on a flexible and advantageous basis.

Experienced management team.  Our executive management team has worked together for a significant period of time and has extensive experience in the apparel industry. Morris Goldfarb, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has been with us for over 45 years. Sammy Aaron, our Vice Chairman and President, joined us in 2005 when we acquired Marvin Richards, Neal S. Nackman, our Chief Financial Officer, has been with us for more than 20 years and Jeffrey Goldfarb, our Executive Vice President, has been with us for over 20 years. In addition, in January 2024, Dana Perlman joined us as our Chief Growth and Operations Officer. This newly created role is intended to leverage Ms. Perlman’s over 20-year career in apparel, strategy and finance to drive innovation, optimize operations and identify new opportunities. Our leadership team has demonstrated experience in successfully acquiring, managing, integrating and positioning new businesses having completed over ten acquisitions and several joint ventures over the last 20 years, while also adding numerous new licenses and licensed products to our portfolio.

Wholesale Operations

Licensed Products

The sale of licensed products is a key element of our strategy and we have continually expanded our offerings of licensed products for over 25 years. Sales of licensed products accounted for 53.4% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 58.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 67.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. Net sales of products under the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands constituted approximately 41.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2024 and approximately 48.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2023.

In November 2022, we announced the extension of licenses for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger products. The amendments to the license agreements for these products provide for staggered extensions by category that expire beginning December 31, 2024 and continuing through December 31, 2027.

PVH Corp., the owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, has indicated that it intends to produce these products itself once the license agreements expire. Unless we are able to increase the sales of our other products, acquire new businesses and/or enter into other license agreements covering different products, the inability to renew the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger license agreements would cause a significant decrease in our net sales and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

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In March 2023, we announced the signing of a long-term license with Authentic Brands Group for women’s apparel under the Nautica brand in North America. We will produce across a number of categories, starting with jeans then expanding in a phased approach into additional categories including sportswear, suit separates and dresses. The new five-year license agreement, effective as of January 2024, includes three extensions for five years each. First deliveries began in 2024.

In May 2023, we announced the signing of a long-term master license with Xcel Brands, Inc. for the Halston brand for all categories of Halston men’s and women’s product. The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, followed by a twenty-year period, with G-III having the right to terminate every five years. We also have a purchase option for the Halston brand at the end of the twenty-five year term. First deliveries of Halston product are expected to begin in the July 2024.

In September 2023, we announced the signing of a long-term license with HanesBrands Inc. to design and produce men’s and women’s outerwear collections for their Champion brand in North America. The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, effective as of January 2024, with a five year renewal option based on achieving sales targets. First deliveries of Champion product are expected for the Fall 2024 season.

Date Current

Date Potential Renewal

License

    

Term Ends

    

Term Ends

Fashion Licenses

Calvin Klein (Men's outerwear)

December 31, 2025

None

Calvin Klein (Women's outerwear)

December 31, 2025

None

Calvin Klein (Women's dresses)

December 31, 2026

None

Calvin Klein (Women's suits)

December 31, 2026

December 31, 2029

Calvin Klein (Women's performance wear)

December 31, 2025

None

Calvin Klein (Women's better sportswear)

December 31, 2024

None

Calvin Klein (Better luggage)

December 31, 2027

None

Calvin Klein (Women's handbags and small leather goods)

December 31, 2026

None

Calvin Klein (Men's and women's swimwear)

December 31, 2026

None

Calvin Klein Jeans (Women's jeanswear)

December 31, 2024

None

Champion (men's and women's outerwear)

December 31, 2028

December 31, 2033

Cole Haan (Men's and women's outerwear)

December 31, 2028

December 31, 2030

Dockers (Men's outerwear)

November 30, 2024

None

Halston (men's and women's apparel)

December 31, 2028

December 31, 2048

Kenneth Cole NY/Reaction Kenneth Cole (Men's and women's outerwear)

December 31, 2027

None

Levi's (Men's and women's outerwear)

November 30, 2027

None

Margaritaville (Men's and women's apparel)

December 31, 2025

December 31, 2030

Nautica (Women's sportswear, jeanswear, tailored clothing and dresses)

December 31, 2028

December 31, 2043

Tommy Hilfiger (Men's and women's outerwear)

December 31, 2025

None

Tommy Hilfiger (Luggage)

December 31, 2027

None

Tommy Hilfiger (Women's sportswear)

December 31, 2025

None

Tommy Hilfiger (Women's dresses)

December 31, 2026

None

Tommy Hilfiger (Women's suits)

December 31, 2026

December 31, 2029

Tommy Hilfiger x Leagues

December 31, 2025

None

Vince Camuto (Women's dresses)

December 31, 2025

None

Team Sports Licenses

Collegiate Licensing Company

December 31, 2024

None

Major League Baseball

December 31, 2027

None

National Basketball Association

September 30, 2025

None

National Football League

March 31, 2028

None

National Hockey League

June 30, 2025

None

Starter

December 31, 2029

December 31, 2039

We have continually sought to increase our portfolio of name brands, product offerings and tiers of distribution because we believe that consumers prefer to buy brands they know and brand owners prefer to engage licensees who have a successful track record of developing brands.

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Under our license agreements, we are generally required to achieve minimum net sales of licensed products, pay guaranteed minimum royalties, make specified royalty and advertising payments (usually based on a percentage of net sales of licensed products), and receive prior approval of the licensor as to all design and other elements of a product prior to production. License agreements may also restrict our ability to enter into other license agreements for competing products or acquire businesses that produce competing products without the consent of the licensor. If we do not satisfy any of these requirements or otherwise fail to meet our material obligations under a license agreement, a licensor usually will have the right to terminate our license. License agreements also typically restrict our ability to assign or transfer the agreement without the prior written consent of a licensor and generally provide that a change in control, including as a result of the acquisition of us by another company, is considered to be a transfer of the license agreement that would give a licensor the right to terminate the license unless it has approved the transaction. Our ability to renew a license agreement may be subject to the discretion of the licensor or to attaining minimum sales and/or royalty levels and to our compliance with the provisions of the agreement.

Proprietary Brands

Dating back to the beginning of our company, G-III has sold apparel under its own proprietary brands. Over the years, we developed or acquired brands such as G-III Sports by Carl Banks, Eliza J and Jessica Howard. We also acquired Andrew Marc, an aspirational luxury outerwear brand, G.H. Bass, a well-known heritage brand, and Vilebrequin, a premier swimwear and resort wear brand. In our most significant acquisition to date, we acquired Donna Karan International, which owns DKNY and Donna Karan, two of the world’s most iconic and recognizable brands. In October 2021, we acquired European luxury fashion brand Sonia Rykiel and in May 2022, we acquired the remaining interests that we did not own in the iconic Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand. We currently design, manufacture, distribute and sell products under our own proprietary brands, as well as license our proprietary brands in a variety of categories and across geographies. We continue to seek new licensing opportunities to broaden the reach of these brands and evaluate opportunities to acquire established brands.

DKNY and Donna Karan

We own two of the world’s most iconic fashion brands: DKNY and Donna Karan. First launched in 1984, DKNY and Donna Karan design, source, market, retail and distribute collections of women’s and men’s clothing, sportswear, handbags, accessories and shoes under the DKNY and Donna Karan brand names.

Based on DKNY’s and Donna Karan’s significant brand equity, we believe there are opportunities to expand existing categories, launch new initiatives and develop an even stronger licensing and distribution base. We believe that both the DKNY and Donna Karan brands have the potential for significant growth. In addition, we expect increased revenues from licensing and from sales growth across many categories of the business channels and geographies

After acquiring the brands in December 2016, we initially focused on re-positioning and re-launching the DKNY brand. Our DKNY products are designed to merge modern tailoring with sophisticated ease, celebrating the aspirational and practical spirit of New York, with a highly differentiated perspective from Donna Karan. Products developed reflect the DNA of the DKNY brand and visual identity for the new evolution of DKNY. We believe that DKNY is a premier fashion and lifestyle brand. DKNY products produced by us or by our various licensees are sold through department stores, specialty retailers and online retailers worldwide, as well as through company-operated retail stores, digital sites and international brand partners and distributors.

We believe that the Donna Karan brand also offers significant growth potential. We are now focused on the re-positioning and expansion of the brand with first deliveries made for Spring 2024. The new Donna Karan is a modern system of dressing created to appeal to a woman’s senses on every level, addressing the full lifestyle needs of a new consumer. Inspired by the Donna Karan archives, we have thoughtfully created a new product line that captures the brand’s ethos of timeless elegance, empowering women and accessible luxury, tailored to meet the lifestyle needs of today’s customer. Donna Karan product is distributed in better department stores, digital channels and our own Donna Karan website in North America. Donna Karan is widely considered a top fashion brand and is recognized as one of the most famous designer names in American fashion. Our initial product offerings are resonating with consumers. The excitement and global attention created by this launch has generated momentum and we believe we can expand the brand globally over

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time. We believe that the strength of the Donna Karan brand, along with our success with the DKNY brand, demonstrates the potential for our new Donna Karan products.

We believe there are significant opportunities to enhance the digital business of DKNY and Donna Karan, prudently manage the retail store base for DKNY over the long term and capitalize on our industry relationships in seeking premium placement for DKNY and Donna Karan product categories in department and other retail stores globally.

Karl Lagerfeld

In May 2022, we acquired the remaining interests in the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand that we did not own. The addition of the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand to the G-III portfolio of owned brands advances several of our strategic initiatives, including increasing the direct ownership of brands, capitalizing on their licensing opportunities and further diversifying our global presence. This acquisition represents a significant opportunity to expand our international presence by further developing our European-based brands which also include Vilebrequin and Sonia Rykiel. We believe that Karl Lagerfeld’s existing digital channel presence could enable us to enhance our omni-channel business and further accelerate our digital initiatives. The influential legacy of the Karl Lagerfeld brand embodies a creative expression that aligns with our goal to provide innovative products for our customers.

The iconic Karl Lagerfeld brand is known for its signature aesthetic combining Parisian classics with a rock-chic attitude and tailored silhouettes. Its portfolio of accessible, aspirational collections includes ready-to-wear apparel for women, men and children, as well as handbags and small leather goods. Licensed collections include watches, eyewear, footwear, perfumes, candles and fashion jewelry. As of January 31, 2024, Karl Lagerfeld products are distributed through more than 200 stores worldwide, including 70 company-operated stores, located primarily internationally and through digital channels. In addition, Karl Lagerfeld is distributed through a premium wholesale distribution network in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Vilebrequin

Vilebrequin is a premier provider of status swimwear, resort wear and related accessories. Vilebrequin products are sold in over 100 countries around the world. We believe that Vilebrequin has the potential to significantly develop its distribution network worldwide and expand its product offerings. A majority of Vilebrequin’s current revenues are derived from sales in Europe and the United States. As of January 31, 2024, Vilebrequin products were distributed through select wholesale distribution, 104 company-operated stores and 95 licensed stores across over 100 countries, as well as digitally on www.vilebrequin.com.

Vilebrequin’s iconic designs and reputation are linked to its French Riviera heritage arising from its founding in St. Tropez over forty years ago. Vilebrequin’s men’s swimwear, which accounts for the majority of its sales, is known for its exclusive prints, wide range of colors, attention to detail, fabric quality and well-designed cuts. In addition to men’s swimwear, Vilebrequin sells a collection of women’s swimwear, children’s swimwear, men’s resort wear, women’s resort wear, children’s resort wear and related accessories including hats, beach bags, beach towels, shoes, sunglasses, watches and pool floats. We believe that Vilebrequin is a powerful brand. We plan to continue adding more company operated and franchised retail locations and increase our wholesale distribution of Vilebrequin products throughout the world.

In April 2023, Vilebrequin opened the first Vilebrequin Beach club in Cannes, France. Vilebrequin also opened a branded beach cabana club at the Boca Raton Hotel in Florida. In the fall of 2023, Vilebrequin entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with a developer of a luxury lifestyle hotel in Miami Beach, Florida to design a rooftop pool deck, restaurant and retail store that is expected to open in late 2024. These hospitality offerings are expected to expand Vilebrequin’s brand awareness. We expect to continue to expand with store openings in global key markets and reinforce the luxury status of Vilebrequin through immersive brand experiences.

Sonia Rykiel

In October 2021, we purchased European luxury fashion brand Sonia Rykiel. Sonia Rykiel, who created this well-known brand, was one of the leading figures of Parisian fashion. We relaunched the brand in the fall of 2022 with collections that

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celebrate the brand’s legacy and archives. We are seeking to reinforce Sonia Rykiel’s position in relevant markets and we plan to further expand the brand’s global footprint in fiscal 2025. We are committed to preserving Sonia Rykiel’s distinct identity while embracing fresh perspectives and creative collaborations.  

Licensing of Proprietary Brands

As our portfolio of propriety brands has grown, we have licensed these brands in new categories. We began licensing Andrew Marc, Vilebrequin, Sonia Rykiel and G.H. Bass in selected categories after acquiring these brands. Our licensing program has significantly increased as a result of owning the DKNY, Donna Karan and Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Lagerfeld Paris brands. We currently license our proprietary brands in a variety of categories and continue to seek new licensing opportunities to broaden the reach of these brands.

We have strong relationships with category leading license partners, including, but not limited to, Marchon, Komar and Inter Parfums. The DKNY and Donna Karan brands have worldwide license agreements for a broad array of products including fragrance, intimates, eyewear, bedding and bath products and women’s sleepwear and loungewear. Additionally, we license the DKNY brand in the United States and internationally for children’s clothing, children’s footwear, men’s and women’s watches, jewelry, men’s tailored clothing, men’s sportswear, men’s dress shirts, men’s underwear, men’s loungewear, men’s swimwear, men’s and women’s golfwear, men’s and women’s socks, furniture, tech accessories and rugs.

We have a long-term global licensing agreement with Inter Parfums, Inc. for the creation, development and distribution of fragrances and fragrance-related products under the DKNY and Donna Karan brands. The initial term of the license extends through December 31, 2032 and includes a 5 year option to renew given the achievement of certain sales targets. We believe the fragrance category enables our brands to connect more broadly with global consumers.

We have also recently entered into license agreements for the creation, development and distribution of men’s underwear under the DKNY and DKNY Sport brands in the United States and Canada, tech accessories under the DKNY brand throughout the world and rugs under the DKNY brand in North America.

We intend to continue to focus on expanding licensing opportunities for the DKNY and Donna Karan brands. We believe that we can capitalize on significant, untapped global licensing potential for these brands in a number of categories and we intend to grow royalty streams by expanding existing licenses, as well as through new categories with new licensees.

We license the Karl Lagerfeld brand for a wide range of product categories including, but not limited to, footwear, men’s apparel, fragrances, children’s clothing, eyewear and tech accessories. Additionally, we license the Karl Lagerfeld Paris brand for bedding and bath products.

We license the G.H. Bass brand in the United States and internationally for men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, children’s clothing, men’s and women’s sportswear apparel and bedding and bath products.

We license the Andrew Marc brand in North America for men’s and boy’s tailored clothing and men’s and women’s denim.

We license the Vilebrequin brand internationally for fragrance and soap related products, watches, denim and paddleboards.

We license the Sonia Rykiel brand internationally for children’s apparel, women’s footwear and women’s fashion jewelry.

Retail Operations

As of January 31, 2024, our retail operations segment consisted of 53 stores operated under our Karl Lagerfeld Paris and DKNY brands, as well as digital channels for the DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc and Wilsons Leather businesses.

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Our Karl Lagerfeld Paris stores offer a range of products including sportswear, dresses, outerwear, handbags and footwear. Our DKNY stores offer a large range of products including sportswear, dresses, outerwear, handbags, footwear and athleisure apparel.

We are developing additional digital marketing initiatives on our websites and through social media. We are investing in digital personnel, marketing, logistics, planning, distribution and other strategic opportunities to expand our digital footprint. Our digital business for our retail operations segment consists of our own web platforms at www.dkny.com, www.donnakaran.com, www.karllagerfeldparis.com, www.ghbass.com and www.wilsonsleather.com. Our digital business also includes our own web platforms at www.vilebrequin.com, www.soniarykiel.com and www.karl.com which are part of our wholesale operations segment.

We sell our products over the web through retail partners such as macys.com, nordstrom.com and dillards.com, each of which has a substantial online business. In addition, we sell to leading online retail partners such as Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos.

Products — Development and Design

G-III designs, sources and markets women’s and men’s apparel at a wide range of retail price points. Our product offerings primarily include outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear. We also market footwear and accessories including women’s handbags, small leather goods, cold weather accessories, and luggage.

G-III’s licensed apparel consists of both women’s and men’s products in a broad range of categories. See “Wholesale Operations — Licensed Products” above. We seek licenses that will enable us to offer a range of products targeting different price points and different distribution channels. We also offer a wide range of products under our own proprietary brands.

We work with a diversified group of retailers, such as Macy’s, Harley-Davidson, Costco, Kohl’s and Ross Stores in developing product lines that are sold under their private label programs. Our design teams collaborate with our customers to produce custom-made products for their stores. Store buyers may provide samples to us or may select styles already available in our showrooms. We believe we have established a reputation among these buyers for our ability to produce high quality product on a reliable, expeditious and cost-effective basis.

Our in-house designers are responsible for the design and look of our licensed, proprietary and private label products. We work closely with our licensors to create designs and styles for each of our licensed brands. Licensors generally must approve products to be sold under their brand names prior to production. We maintain a global pulse on styles, using trend services and color services to enable us to quickly respond to style changes in the apparel industry. Our experienced design personnel and our focused use of outside services enable us to incorporate current trends and consumer preferences in designing new products and styles.

Our design personnel meet regularly with our sales and merchandising departments, as well as with the design and merchandising staffs of our licensors, to review market trends, sales results and the popularity of our latest products. Our designers present their evaluation of the styles expected to be in demand in the United States. We also seek input from selected customers with respect to product design. We believe that our sensitivity to the needs of retailers, coupled with the flexibility of our production capabilities and our continual monitoring of the retail market, enables us to modify designs and order specifications in a timely fashion.

Manufacturing and Sourcing

G-III’s wholesale operations and retail operations segments arrange for the production of products from a global network of independent, third-party manufacturers, primarily located in Asia. During fiscal 2024, approximately 77% of our product was sourced from Vietnam, China and Indonesia. We do not own any manufacturing facilities.

Our sourcing operations are based in China and Hong Kong in order to facilitate better service and manage the volume of manufacturing in Asia. These offices act as an agent for substantially all of our sourcing in Asia and monitors production at manufacturers’ facilities to ensure quality control, compliance with our manufacturing specifications and social

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responsibility standards, as well as timely delivery of finished garments to our distribution facilities. We also have sourcing offices in Vietnam, Indonesia, Jordan and Bangladesh to help support these efforts.

Prior to placing production, and on a recurring basis, we conduct assessments of political, social, economic, environmental, trade, labor and intellectual property protection conditions in the countries in which we source our products, and we conduct assessments of our manufacturers and supply chain, as discussed under “Vendor Code of Conduct” below. In connection with the manufacture of our products, manufacturers purchase raw materials including fabric and other materials (such as linings, zippers, buttons, and trim) at our direction. We regularly inspect and supervise the manufacture of our products in order to ensure timely delivery, maintain quality control and monitor compliance with our manufacturing specifications. We also inspect finished products at the factory site.

We generally arrange for the production of products on a purchase order basis with completed products manufactured to our design specifications. We assume the risk of loss predominantly on a Freight-On-Board (F.O.B.) basis when goods are delivered to a shipper and are insured against losses arising during shipping.

We have not entered into any long-term contractual arrangements with any contractor or manufacturer. We believe that the production capacity of each foreign manufacturer with which we have developed, or are developing, a relationship is adequate to meet our production requirements for the foreseeable future. We believe that alternative foreign manufacturers are readily available.

A majority of all finished goods manufactured for us is shipped to our distribution facilities or to designated third party facilities for final inspection, allocation, and reshipment to customers. The goods are delivered to our customers and us by independent shippers. We choose the form of shipment (principally ship, truck or air) based upon a customer’s needs, cost and timing considerations. We expect all of our suppliers shipping to the United States to adhere to the requirements of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”) program, including standards relating to facility security, procedural security, personnel security, cargo security, and the overall protection of the supply chain. In the event a supplier does not comply with our C-TPAT requirements, or if we have determined that the supplier will be unable to correct a deficiency, we may move that supplier’s product through alternative supply chain channels or we may terminate our business relationship with the supplier.

Vendor Code of Conduct

We are committed to ethical and responsible conduct in all of our operations and respect for the rights of all individuals. We strive to ensure that human rights are upheld for all workers involved in our supply chain, and that individuals experience safe, fair and non-discriminatory working conditions. In addition, we are committed to compliance with applicable environmental requirements and are committed to seeing that all of our products are manufactured and distributed in compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. We expect that our business partners will share these commitments, which we enforce through our Vendor Code of Conduct. Our Vendor Code of Conduct specifically requires our manufacturers to not use child, forced or involuntary labor and to comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations. We provide training and guidance to the factories our contractors use related to our Vendor Code of Conduct and the applicable laws in the country in which the factory is located. The training provides the factories with a more in-depth explanation of our Vendor Code of Conduct. In addition to their contractual obligations, we evaluate our suppliers' compliance with our Vendor Code of Conduct through audits conducted both by our employees and third-party compliance auditing firms on an annual basis.

Human Capital

Our People

As of January 31, 2024, we employed approximately 3,500 persons on a full-time basis and approximately 1,100 on a part-time basis. We employ both union and non-union personnel and believe that our relations with our employees are good. We have not experienced any interruption of our operations due to a labor disagreement with our employees.

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with policies, procedures and practices that recognize the value and worth of each individual, covering matters such as safety, training, advancement, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. We provide training on important issues to our personnel. G-III ensures compliance with labor and employment law issues through a variety of processes and procedures, using both internal and external expertise and resources. We continue to work towards achieving a stronger, more engaging workplace coupled with a foundation for enhancing the employee experience by continuing to promote our passion for our product, pride in our partnerships, our accountability and our entrepreneurial spirit.

We are committed to providing a healthy work environment that allows employees to feel highly valued, productive and effective within their jobs by maintaining an inclusive environment which we believe positively impacts employee engagement. Our employees are the heart of our organization and our ongoing emphasis to recruit and retain the best talent in our industry continues as a top priority. We are constantly striving to build upon and improve our talent acquisition and selection processes, onboarding experience and training initiatives.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are a diverse workplace and know that, to succeed, we must become an even more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. Currently, approximately 60% of our leadership team and 72% of our overall workforce self-identify as women, and 48% of our overall workforce identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (“BIPOC”). Of our fourteen Board members, there are four women and four people of diverse backgrounds, exceeding NASDAQ requirements for board diversity. We recognize that insights and ideas from a diverse range of backgrounds will better position us for the future and continue to work towards increasing Board diversity.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion also extends outside of our business. We are a founding member of the groundbreaking Social Justice Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT”), a premier fashion university, whose purpose is to help establish a program that is intended to increase opportunities and accelerate social equity for BIPOC persons entering our industry for years to come. Additionally, we continued our partnership with UNCF (“United Negro College Fund”) by sponsoring two enriching and rewarding student internships. These interns were provided room and board at FIT. They participated in a program that consisted of educational master class sessions and experienced New York theatre and other local programs. In addition, we funded two scholarships through UNCF. In fiscal 2025, we will continue to support our diversity efforts by working directly with Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing two students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working at G-III.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of G-III’s values. We strive to create a workplace with opportunities for all. We have made progress and intend to continue to do so in the coming years.

Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention

Having the right talent in the organization is one of the most critical aspects of our business. This year our HR team focused on hiring, developing and retaining talent. After a successful launch of our Lunch and Learn program facilitated by our leadership team, we have continued the program by offering a second semester of courses that will provided an opportunity for continuous learning about our business. We have procured a training solution program that will incorporate a G-III Master Class training library that will make these sessions and other educational tools accessible to our employees.

Through our aggressive recruiting, we have been able to bring in best-in-class talent. We had several key hires at the Company, including our Chief Growth and Operations Officer, Dana Perlman, who has significant industry experience through her over 20-year career in apparel, strategy and finance.

Compensation, Benefits, Safety and Wellness

We firmly believe our comprehensive benefit programs are an integral part of our talent acquisition, retention and overall employee experience. We continually evaluate and benchmark our programs to ensure they remain competitive, on-trend and meet compliance. Our fiscal 2025 goals include enhancing our employee education on the value of our benefit programs. We successfully re-introduced our onsite Benefits and Health Fair for corporate employees for the first time

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since the pandemic. In addition to our benefit programs, we annually recognize the tenure of our employees with service awards and celebrated 98 employees with service of 10, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years. We look forward to continuing this longstanding G-III tradition.  

Corporate Social Responsibility

We invested significant time and resources furthering our key initiatives, developing programs and expanding our Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) agenda. We have made important progress to reinforce our social and environmental standards as we continue to refine our oversight of our supply chain.  

Engage Our People – In line with our entrepreneurial spirit, we have worked hard to advance our strategic priorities and build upon the success of fiscal 2023, skillfully navigating through another tough environment. We remain focused on fostering a stronger, more engaging workplace for our employees. We have invested in new HR systems to enhance our recruitment process and talent retention to ensure we bring in and keep best-in-class talent, and we have expanded our Lunch and Learn programs, led by our leadership team, to facilitate opportunities for continuous learning and development for our team.  

We recognize the importance of ensuring the workers in our supply chain are treated fairly and our vendors are abiding by our Vendor Code of Conduct. Thus, we work closely with suppliers to develop and implement strategies that align with our social and environmental standards. We have also enhanced the effectiveness of our supplier audits through our continued participation in the Social & Labor Convergence Program, allowing us to reduce the number of audits for suppliers, lessening redundancies in shared audits and better assist factories to focus on addressing their most pressing issues.    

Forced labor continues to be a point of focus across our industry, and we work closely with our supply chain partners to mitigate the risk of forced labor being used to make our products or raw materials utilized in our products. We have advanced our internal cotton traceability program through the implementation of annual Cotton Compliance Monitoring training sessions to educate our staff and factories about our requirements and procedures for ensuring the ethical sourcing of cotton. We are enhancing our program by working on ways to couple these traceability lessons with other materials in our products. We continue to explore ways other SaaS technologies might mitigate risks. We also continue to leverage the testing capabilities of ORITAINTM to trace materials back to their fiber origins to mitigate the risk that forced labor is used in our supply chain. We routinely engage with counsel and industry organizations with respect to regulatory developments to ensure our practices and procedures are aligning with the continually developing regulatory landscape, and we remain committed to ensuring proper treatment for everyone who works in our supply chain.

Protect Our Environment – We continue to work towards reducing the environmental impact of our own operations and that of our entire supply chain by enacting sustainable fashion practices and working closely with our supply chain partners.

This year also marked our second year as a part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (“SAC”) as we continue to collaborate with others in the industry to strengthen our social and environmental programs and improve vendor performance. We are implementing the SAC’s Higg Facility Environmental Module across our Tier 1 and 2 supplier factories, providing us with greater insight into their environmental impact and allowing us to identify opportunities for further improvement.  

We are making progress on our goal to transition our synthetic materials to 100% recycled sources by 2030. We are also working to increase the use of recycled, organic, and natural fibers, and we are introducing recycled synthetic fibers certified by the Global Recycled Standard or the Recycled Claim Standard into a growing number of our products. Notably, in 2023, Vilebrequin, our premier European swimwear brand, manufactured over 80% of its products from preferred materials which consistently deliver reduced impacts and increased environmental benefits.

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Over the past year we have furthered our work with our sustainability consultants and are collecting Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions data from across our Company to better understand our GHG emissions. Once we have established our baseline, we will work to implement best practices to reduce our environmental impact. We are also focused on collecting our Scope 3 data and are developing our long-term sustainability strategy.

Invest in Our Communities – Consistent with our longstanding commitment to philanthropy, we have continued to maximize opportunities with our charitable partners, including Ronald McDonald House, Women in Need (“WIN”), Delivering Good, Hetrick Martin Institute and City Harvest. We have developed an internal associate committee so our employees can actively engage in developing and executing charitable initiatives across our organization.

We have a solid foundation in place, which we continue to build upon as we build our new Corporate Sustainability Strategy centered around our core CSR principles: Engage Our People, Protect Our Environment and Invest in Our Community.

Customs and Trade Issues

Our arrangements with textile manufacturers and suppliers are subject to requisite customs clearances for products and the imposition of export duties. Customs duties on our products presently range from duty free to 37.5%, depending upon the product, composition, construction, country of origin and country of import. A substantial majority of our product is imported into the United States and, to a lesser extent, into Canada and Europe. Countries in which our products are sold may, from time to time, impose new duties, tariffs, surcharges or other import controls or restrictions or adjust prevailing duty or tariff levels. Any action by the executive branch of the United States government to increase tariffs on imported goods, such as the imposition of tariffs on goods manufactured in China, could adversely affect our business.

Under the provisions of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) agreement governing international trade in textiles, known as the “WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing,” the United States and other WTO member countries have eliminated quotas on textiles and apparel-related products from WTO member countries. As a result, quota restrictions generally do not affect our business in most countries.

Apparel and other products sold by us are also subject to regulations that relate to product labeling, content and safety requirements, licensing requirements and flammability testing. We believe that we are in compliance with those regulations, as well as applicable federal, state, local, and foreign regulations relating to the discharge of materials hazardous to the environment.

Section 301 Tariffs

Section 301 tariffs on certain goods from China went into effect in 2018. The United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) is required to conduct a review of the effectiveness and economic impact of a Section 301 action every four years or else the tariffs would expire. In May 2022, USTR announced that it was commencing a four-year review and between November 2022 and January 2023, USTR accepted comments from the public as to whether the Section 301 tariffs should be continued, terminated, or modified. Section 301 tariffs were set to expire in September 30, 2023. In December 2023, the USTR announced the extension through May 2024 of certain Section 301 exclusions. It is difficult to accurately estimate the impact on our business from these tariff actions or similar actions or when any additional tariffs may become effective.

China Most Favored Nation Status

Following accusations against China that it employed forced labor in manufacturing processes within the country, a bill was introduced in January 2023 to strip China of its permanent Most Favored Nation status, effectively requiring China to re-secure its position by annually applying for presidential approval as a member country. Two pieces of legislation intended to revoke China’s Permanent Most Favored Nation status are pending in Congress.  Because Most Favored Nation status grants special treatment among member counties with respect to tariffs, if this bill were to pass it would substantially increase tariffs between the United States and China.

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GSP Update

The Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”) program, which extends preferential tariff treatment to certain products from beneficiary developing countries, expired on December 31, 2020. Re-authorization of GSP requires an act of Congress. GSP has been allowed to expire several times since it was enacted in 1974. Each time that GSP has been renewed following a lapse, the renewal has been retroactive, allowing for duties paid on GSP-eligible goods to be refunded following the re-authorization.

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee has indicated that he plans to introduce a bill that would reauthorize GSP. It has not been determined whether the potential future re-authorization of the GSP program will be fully retroactive and what will be the duration such re-authorization.

Marketing and Distribution

G-III’s products are sold primarily to department, specialty and mass merchant retail stores in the United States. We sell to approximately 1,700 customers, ranging from national and regional chains to small specialty stores. We also distribute our products through our retail stores and through digital channels for the DKNY, Donna Karan, Vilebrequin, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, G.H. Bass, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel businesses, as well as the digital channels of our retail partners such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos.

Sales to our ten largest customers accounted for 70.1% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 74.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 78.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. Sales to Macy’s, which includes sales to its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s store chains, as well as through macys.com, accounted for an aggregate of 19.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 21.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 23.9% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. Sales to TJX Companies accounted for an aggregate of 13.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 15.4% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 14.8% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. In addition, sales to Ross Stores accounted for an aggregate of 10.1% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 9.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 12.7% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. The loss of any of these customers or a significant reduction in purchases by our largest customers could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

A substantial majority of our sales are made in the United States. We also sell our products to customers in Europe, Canada, the Far East, the Middle East, Central America, South America and Australia, which, on a combined basis, accounted for approximately 22.5% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 19.1% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 14.5% of our net sales in fiscal 2022.

Our products are sold primarily through our direct sales force along with our principal executives who are also actively involved in the sale of our products. Some of our products are also sold by independent sales representatives located throughout the United States. The Canadian market is serviced by a sales and customer service team based both in the United States and in Canada. Sales outside of the United States and Canada may be managed by our salespeople located in our sales offices in Europe or Asia depending on the customer. Vilebrequin products are sold through a direct sales force primarily located across Europe.

Brand name products sold by us pursuant to a license agreement are promoted by institutional and product advertisements placed by the licensor. Our license agreements generally require us to pay the licensor a fee, based on a percentage of net sales of licensed product, to pay for a portion of these advertising costs. We may also be required to spend a specified percentage of net sales of a licensed product on advertising placed by us.

Our marketing efforts for the repositioned and expanded Donna Karan brand are focused on high impact brand campaigns with globally recognizable talent. We are building brand awareness through messaging that communicates the brand’s historical origins and relevance to today’s consumer. We have also launched noteworthy media and marketing initiatives to support our wholesale and retail channels. We will continue to invest in paid strategies that place the brand in outdoor, print and digital media.

DKNY’s marketing efforts are focused around communicating brand DNA and visual identity for the new evolution of the brand. We are building global awareness through high impact ad campaigns that feature relevant and noteworthy talent.

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We strive to create marketing initiatives, collaborations and image programs to bring in a new, young customer. We will support global licensees with campaigns and product images through our brand story. We continue to invest in digital media and storytelling for brand amplification and to establish comprehensive commercial marketing tools that will support our global wholesale and retail channels.  

Karl Lagerfeld’s marketing efforts are inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s own mantra: “embrace the present and invent the future.” We continuously seek to share relevant and engaging content, with a focus on high impact campaigns and digital content. Inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s own passion for collaboration, we regularly foster partnerships with top tier artists, tastemakers and icons. Our campaigns for the Karl Lagerfeld brand are intended to grow awareness across our retail, digital, wholesale and franchise channels. In North America, the Karl Lagerfeld Paris brand further amplifies this vision through locally-relevant brand engagement.

In Spring 2023, Vogue’s Met Gala, along with the museum’s summer exhibition, paid tribute to the life and work of Karl Lagerfeld. This event created significant momentum for the brand and resulted in increased awareness, interest and growth in the Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Lagerfeld Paris brands.

In fiscal 2025, we expect to launch a project with a developer who will construct and sell 51 luxury villas under the Karl Lagerfeld brand in Dubai. We expect that a new Karl Lagerfeld fragrance will be introduced to the market in summer 2024. In September 2024, we expect to reopen our London Regent Street flagship store with our latest, elevated store concept and launch our Karl Studio collection of iconic pieces supported by a comprehensive marketing and communications campaign. Our retail partners around the world are hosting events, pop-up shops and dedicating store windows to Karl Lagerfeld.  

Vilebrequin’s marketing efforts have been based on continually offering new swimwear prints and expanding the range of its products to new categories such as women’s swimwear, ready-to-wear and accessories. Besides its traditional advertising networks (print and outdoor advertising), Vilebrequin is seeking to develop new marketing channels through the use of digital media, product placement, impactful collaborations and public relations. Through the growth of its network of stores, distributors and franchisees, Vilebrequin is seeking to reinforce its position in its traditional markets, such as the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and to develop new markets in Asia.

We believe we have developed awareness of our other owned labels primarily through our reputation, consumer acceptance and the fashion press. We primarily rely on our reputation and relationships to generate business in the private label portion of our wholesale operations segment. We believe we have developed a significant customer following and positive reputation in the industry as a result of, among other things, our standards of quality control, on-time delivery, competitive pricing and willingness and ability to assist customers in their merchandising of our products.

As digital sales of apparel continue to be an important part of our business, we are developing initiatives to increase our digital presence through our own websites and through the websites of our retail partners. We are working closely with our retail partners to provide consumers with a high quality viewing experience for our products. We are also working to increase our digital sales through marketing, social influencers and other online drivers of sales.

Seasonality

Retail sales of apparel have traditionally been seasonal in nature. Historically, our wholesale business has been dependent on our sales during our third and fourth fiscal quarters. Net sales during the third and fourth quarters accounted for approximately 59% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 60% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 64% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. We are highly dependent on our results of operations during the second half of our fiscal year. The second half of our fiscal year is expected to continue to provide a larger amount of our net sales and a substantial majority of our net income for the foreseeable future.

Trademarks

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are used in connection with our business. The principal brands that we license are summarized under the heading “Wholesale Operations – Licensed Products” above. We own a number of proprietary brands that we use in connection with our business and products including, among others, DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Eliza J, Jessica Howard, Wilsons Leather, Sonia Rykiel and G-III Sports by Carl Banks. We have registered, or applied for registration of, many of our trademarks in multiple jurisdictions for use on a variety of apparel and related other products.

In markets outside of the United States, our rights to some of our trademarks may not be clearly established. Our attempt to expand into foreign markets, we may experience conflicts with various third parties who have acquired ownership rights in certain trademarks that would impede our use and registration of some of our trademarks. Such conflicts may arise from time to time as we pursue international expansion. Although we have not in the past suffered any material restraints or restrictions on doing business in desirable markets or in new product categories, we cannot be sure that significant impediments will not arise in the future as we expand product offerings and introduce additional brands to new markets.

We regard our trademarks and other proprietary rights as valuable assets and believe that they have value in the marketing of our products. We vigorously protect our trademarks and other intellectual property rights against infringement.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to our executive officers.

Name

    

Age

Position

Morris Goldfarb

73

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Sammy Aaron

64

Vice Chairman, President and Director

Neal S. Nackman

64

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Jeffrey Goldfarb

47

Executive Vice President and Director

Dana Perlman

43

Executive Vice President and Chief Growth and Operations Officer

Morris Goldfarb is our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, as well as one of our directors. Mr. Goldfarb has served as an executive officer of G-III and our predecessors since our formation in 1974.

Sammy Aaron is our Vice Chairman and President, as well as one of our directors. He has served as an executive officer since we acquired the Marvin Richards business in July 2005. Mr. Aaron is also the Chief Executive Officer of our Calvin Klein divisions.

Neal S. Nackman has been our Chief Financial Officer since September 2005 and was elected Treasurer in April 2006. Mr. Nackman served as Vice President — Finance from December 2003 until April 2006.

Jeffrey Goldfarb has been our Executive Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning since June 2016, and serves as one of our directors. He has been employed by G-III in a number of other capacities since 2002. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, he served as our Director of Business Development for more than five years. Jeffrey Goldfarb is the son of Morris Goldfarb.

Dana Perlman has joined us as our Executive Vice President and Chief Growth and Operations Officer in January 2024. Prior to joining us, Ms. Perlman was an executive at PVH Corp. from 2012 to 2022, most recently serving as PVH’s Chief Strategy Officer and Treasurer from May 2021 to July 2022. In that position, she led global business strategy and development along with Treasury and Investor Relations. Prior to joining PVH, Ms. Perlman held several roles in investment banking retail groups at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, and Credit Suisse First Boston.

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ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS.

The following risk factors should be read carefully in connection with evaluating our business and the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Any of the following risks could materially adversely affect our business, our prospects, our operating results, our financial condition, the trading prices of our securities and the actual outcome of matters as to which forward-looking statements are made in this report. Additional risks that we do not yet know of or that we currently think are immaterial may also affect our business operations. The risks discussed below also include forward-looking statements, and our actual results may differ substantially from those discussed in these forward-looking statements.

Risk Factors Relating to Our Wholesale Operations

The failure to maintain our material license agreements could cause us to lose significant revenues and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

We are dependent on sales of licensed products for a substantial portion of our revenues. In fiscal 2024, net sales of licensed product accounted for 53.4% of our net sales compared to 58.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 67.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2022.

We are generally required to achieve specified minimum net sales, make specified royalty and advertising payments and receive prior approval from the licensor as to all design and other elements of each product prior to production. License agreements also may restrict our ability to enter into other license agreements for competing products or acquire businesses that produce competing products without the consent of the licensor. If we do not satisfy any of the material requirements of a license agreement or receive approval with respect to a restricted transaction, a licensor may have the right to terminate our license. Even if a licensor does not terminate our license, the failure to achieve net sales sufficient to cover our required minimum royalty payments could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations. If a license contains a renewal option, there are usually minimum net sales and other conditions that must be met in order to be able to renew. If a license does not contain a renewal option, and we desire to renew the license, we must negotiate renewal terms with the licensor. However, even if we comply with all of the terms of a license agreement, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to renew an agreement when it expires even if we desire to do so as a licensor may decide to manufacture the licensed products itself or engage a new licensee for the products. The failure to maintain or renew our material license agreements could cause us to lose significant revenue and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

Any adverse change in our relationship with PVH Corp. and its Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger brands, including as a result of the limited extension period of our license agreements for these brands, could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

As of January 31, 2024, we have license agreements relating to a variety of products sold under the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, both of which are owned by PVH. Net sales of products under the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands constituted approximately 41.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2024 and approximately 48.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2023.

In November 2022, we announced the extension of licenses for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger products. The amendments to the license agreements for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger products provide for staggered extensions by category that expire beginning December 31, 2024 and continuing through December 31, 2027. In addition, the license for Tommy Jeans expired on January 31, 2023. See the table in “Wholesale Operations-Licensed Products” above for information with respect to the current terms of these agreements.

PVH, the owner of these two brands, has indicated that it intends to produce these Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger products itself once these license agreements expire. Unless we are able to increase the sales of our other products, acquire new businesses and/or enter into other license agreements covering different products, the limited extension period of the amended Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger license agreements could cause a significant decrease in our net sales and have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

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Our success is dependent on the strategies and reputation of our licensors.

We strive to offer our products on a multiple brand, multiple channel and multiple price point basis. As a part of this strategy, we license the names and brands of numerous recognized companies and designers. In entering into these license agreements, we plan our products to be targeted towards different market segments based on consumer demographics, design, suggested pricing and channel of distribution.  In addition to granting us a license to produce and sell products, our licensors typically produce and sell their own products and may also grant licenses to third parties to produce and sell products.  If any of our licensors decides to “reposition” its products under the brands we license from them, introduce similar products under similar brand names or otherwise change the parameters of design, pricing, distribution, target market or competitive set, we could experience a significant downturn in that brand’s business, adversely affecting our sales and profitability.  Further, we are unable to control the quality of the products produced by our licensors and their other licensees.  If they do not maintain the quality of their goods, the brand image may be adversely affected, which could also affect our sales and profitability.  In addition, as licensed products may be personally associated with designers, our sales of those products could be materially and adversely affected if any of those individuals’ images, reputations or popularity were to be negatively impacted.

Our business and the success of our products could be harmed if we are unable to maintain or enhance the images of our proprietary brands.

The growth of our proprietary brands, their favorable images and our customers’ connection to our brands has contributed to our success. Our proprietary brands include DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, G.H. Bass, Vilebrequin, Sonia Rykiel, Andrew Marc and Wilsons Leather. In addition, brand value is based in part on consumer perceptions of a variety of qualities, including merchandise quality and corporate integrity. Negative claims or publicity regarding G-III, our brands, our products or the failure, on the part of G-III or our employees, to maintain the safety, integrity and ethics standards that we set for our operations, as well as those expected of members of our industry, could adversely affect our reputation and sales regardless of whether such claims are accurate. Social media, which accelerates the dissemination of information, can increase the challenges of responding to negative claims. Social media influencers or other endorsers of our products could engage in behavior that reflects poorly on our brands and may be attributed to us or otherwise adversely affect us. Any harm to our brands or reputation could adversely affect our business, results of operations or financial condition.

If our customers change their buying patterns, request additional allowances, develop their own private label brands or enter into agreements with national brand manufacturers to sell their products on an exclusive basis, our sales to these customers could be materially adversely affected.

Our customers’ buying patterns, as well as the need to provide additional allowances to customers, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. Strategic initiatives undertaken by our customers, including developing their own private label brands, selling national brands on an exclusive basis or reducing the number of vendors they purchase from, could also impact our sales to these customers. There is a trend among major retailers to concentrate purchasing among a narrowing group of vendors. To the extent that any of our key customers reduces the number of its vendors and, as a result, reduces or eliminates purchases from us, there could be a material adverse effect on us.

We have significant customer concentration, and the loss of one of our large customers could adversely affect our business.

Our ten largest customers, all of which are department or discount store groups, accounted for approximately 70.1% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 74.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 78.0% of our net sales in fiscal 2022, with the Macy’s Inc. group accounting for approximately 19.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 21.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 23.9% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. TJX Companies accounted for approximately 13.6% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 15.4% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 14.8% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. In addition, sales to Ross Stores accounted for an aggregate of 10.1% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 9.2% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 12.7% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. We expect that these customers will continue to provide a significant percentage of our sales. Reductions in purchases by these customers or other large retailers could adversely affect our sales.

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Sales to customers generally occur on an order-by-order basis that may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling by the customer. A decision by our major customers to decrease the amount of merchandise purchased from us, increase the use of their own private label brands, sell a national brand on an exclusive basis or change the manner of doing business with us could reduce our revenues and materially adversely affect our results of operations. The loss of any of our large customers, the reduction in stores operated by a large customer or the bankruptcy or serious financial difficulty of any of our large customers, could have a material adverse effect on us.

Risks Relating to Our Retail Operations

Our retail operations may continue to incur losses if the revisions to our retail operations do not significantly improve the results of operations of our retail business.

Our retail operations segment reported an operating loss of $30.5 million in fiscal 2024, $33.6 million in fiscal 2023 and $24.8 million in fiscal 2022. Our ongoing plan for our retail operations focuses on the operations of our Karl Lagerfeld Paris and DKNY stores, as well as operating our digital business. If we are not successful in implementing and managing our plans with respect to operating our retail business, we may not be able to achieve operating enhancements, sales growth and/or cost reductions or may continue to report operating losses in our retail operations segment, which could adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Leasing of significant amounts of real estate exposes us to possible liabilities and losses.

All of the stores operated by us are leased. Accordingly, we are subject to all of the risks associated with leasing real estate. Store leases generally require us to pay a fixed minimum rent and a variable amount based on a percentage of annual sales at that location. We generally cannot cancel our leases. If an existing or future store is not profitable, and we decide to close it, we may be committed to perform certain obligations under the applicable lease including, among other things, paying rent for the balance of the applicable lease term. As each of our leases expires, if we do not have a renewal option, we may be unable to negotiate a renewal on commercially acceptable terms, or at all, which could cause us to close stores in desirable locations. In addition, we may not be able to close an unprofitable store due to an existing operating covenant, which may cause us to operate the location at a loss and prevent us from finding a more desirable location.

Our retail stores are heavily dependent on the ability and desire of consumers to travel and shop. A reduction in the volume of outlet mall traffic could adversely affect our retail sales.

Substantially all of the stores in our retail operations segment are operated as outlet stores and located in larger premium outlet centers, many of which are located in, or near, vacation destinations or away from large population centers where department stores and other traditional retailers are concentrated. Economic uncertainty, increased fuel prices, travel concerns and other circumstances, which would lead to decreased travel, could have a material adverse effect on sales at our outlet stores. Other factors that could affect the success of our outlet stores include:

the location of the outlet mall or the location of a particular store within the mall;
the other tenants occupying space at the outlet mall;
increased competition in areas where the outlet malls are located;
a downturn in the economy generally or in a particular area where an outlet mall is located;
the shift to online shopping;
a downturn in foreign shoppers in the United States; and
the amount of advertising and promotional dollars spent on attracting consumers to outlet centers.

Sales at our outlet stores are derived, in part, from the volume of traffic at the malls where our stores are located. Our outlet stores benefit from the ability of a mall’s other tenants and other area attractions to generate consumer traffic in the vicinity of our stores and the continuing popularity of outlet malls as shopping destinations. Changes in areas around our existing retail locations, including the type and nature of the other retailers located near our stores, that result in reductions in customer foot traffic or otherwise render the locations unsuitable could cause our sales to be less than expected. A reduction in outlet mall traffic as a result of these or other factors could materially adversely affect our business.

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Our digital business faces distinct risks, and our failure to successfully manage this business could have a negative impact on our profitability.

We are investing in our digital business and seeking to increase the amount of business derived from our digital operations. The successful operation and expansion of our digital business, as well as our ability to provide a positive shopping experience that will generate orders and drive subsequent visits, depends on operating an appealing digital experience and providing an efficient and uninterrupted operation of our order-taking and fulfillment operations. Risks associated with our digital business include:

the security or failure of the computer systems, including those of third-party vendors, that operate our digital sites including, among others, inadequate system capacity, computer viruses, human error, changes in programming, security breaches or other cybersecurity concerns, system upgrades or migration of these services to new systems;
disruptions in the Internet or telecom service or power outages;
reliance on third parties for computer hardware and software and merchandise deliveries;
rapid technology changes;
the failure to deliver products to customers on-time, as ordered and without damage or to satisfy customer expectations;
credit or debit card fraud and other payment processing issues;
liability for online content; and
consumer privacy concerns and regulations.

Problems in any of these areas could result in a reduction in sales, increased costs and damage to our reputation and brands, which could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

Risk Factors Relating to the Operation of Our Business

If we lose the services of our key personnel, or are unable to attract key personnel, our business will be harmed.

Our future success depends on Morris Goldfarb, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and other key personnel. The loss of the services of Mr. Goldfarb and any negative market or industry perception arising from the loss of his services could have a material adverse effect on us and the market price of our common stock. Our other executive officers have substantial experience and expertise in our business and have made significant contributions to our success. The unexpected loss of services of one or more of these individuals or the inability to attract key personnel could also adversely affect us.

We have expanded our business through acquisitions that could result in diversion of resources, an inability to integrate acquired operations and extra expenses. This could disrupt our business and adversely affect our financial condition.

Part of our growth strategy is to pursue acquisitions. Our most recent acquisition resulted in our owning all of the interests in the parent company of Karl Lagerfeld. The negotiation of potential acquisitions, as well as the integration of acquired businesses, could divert our management’s time and resources. Acquired businesses may not be successfully integrated with our operations. We may not realize the intended benefits of an acquisition or an acquisition may fail to generate expected financial results. We also might not be successful in identifying or negotiating suitable acquisitions, which could negatively impact our growth strategy. If acquisitions disrupt our operations, our business may suffer.

We may need additional financing to continue to grow.

The continued growth of our business, including as a result of acquisitions, depends on our access to sufficient funds to support our growth. Our primary source of working capital to support the growth of our operations is our ABL Credit Agreement which matures in August 2025. Our growth is dependent on our ability to continue to be able to extend and, if necessary, increase this credit facility. We issued Senior Secured Notes in fiscal 2021 that are also due in August 2025. During the next year we will need to replace, refinance or extend the ABL Credit Agreement and the Senior Secured Notes and cannot be sure we will be able to secure alternative financing on satisfactory terms or at all. The loss of the use of our

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credit facility or the inability to replace this facility or the Senior Secured Notes when each expires or matures would materially impair our ability to operate our business.

Our business is highly seasonal.

Retail sales of apparel have traditionally been seasonal in nature. Historically, our wholesale business has been dependent on our sales during the third and fourth quarters. Net sales during the third and fourth quarters accounted for approximately 59% of our net sales in fiscal 2024, 60% of our net sales in fiscal 2023 and 64% of our net sales in fiscal 2022. We are highly dependent on our results of operations during the second half of our fiscal year. Any difficulties we may encounter during this period as a result of weather or disruption of manufacturing or transportation of our products will have a magnified effect on our results of operations for the year. In addition, because of the large amount of outerwear we sell at both wholesale and retail, unusually warm weather conditions during the peak fall and winter outerwear selling season, including as a result of any change in historical climate patterns, could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations. Our quarterly results of operations for our retail business also may fluctuate based upon such factors as the timing of certain holiday seasons, the number and timing of new store openings, the acceptability of seasonal merchandise offerings, the timing and level of markdowns, store closings and remodels, competitive factors, weather and general economic conditions. The second half of our fiscal year is expected to continue to have a disproportionate effect on our annual results of operations for the foreseeable future.

Extreme or unseasonable weather conditions could adversely affect our business.

Extreme weather events and changes in weather patterns can influence customer trends and shopping habits. Extended periods of unseasonably warm temperatures during the fall and winter seasons, or cool weather during the summer season, may diminish demand for our seasonal merchandise. Heavy snowfall, hurricanes or other severe weather events in the areas in which our retail stores and the retail stores of our wholesale customers are located may decrease customer traffic in those stores and reduce our sales and profitability. If severe weather events were to force closure of or disrupt operations at the distribution centers we use for our merchandise, we could incur higher costs and experience longer lead times to distribute our products to our retail stores, wholesale customers or digital channel customers. If prolonged, such extreme or unseasonable weather conditions could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our ability to deliver our products to the market could be disrupted if we encounter problems affecting our logistics and distribution systems.

We rely on distribution facilities operated by us or by third parties to transport, warehouse and ship products to our customers. Our logistic and distribution systems include computer-controlled and automated equipment, which may be subject to a number of risks related to security or computer viruses, the proper operation of software and hardware, power interruptions or other system failures. Substantially all of our products are distributed from a few key locations. Therefore, our operations could be interrupted by travel restrictions, earthquakes, floods, fires or other natural disasters near our distribution centers. Our business interruption insurance may not adequately protect us from the adverse effects that could be caused by significant disruptions affecting our distribution facilities. In addition, our distribution capacity is dependent on the timely performance of services by third parties, including the transportation of products to and from our distribution facilities. If we encounter problems affecting our distribution system, our ability to meet customer expectations, manage inventory, complete sales and achieve operating efficiencies could be materially adversely affected.

Supply chain disruptions have adversely affected, and could continue to adversely affect, our ability to import our products in a timely manner and our freight costs.

There were numerous factors disrupting the shipping industry during fiscal 2022 and 2023 that negatively affected transit times from our overseas suppliers. These disruptions also affected our ability to import our product in a manner that allowed for timely delivery to our customers. Because of supply chain disruptions in fiscal 2023, we accelerated production schedules to allow for more lead time and to accommodate the anticipated extended transit times from our overseas suppliers in an effort to import our product in a manner that allowed for timely delivery to our customers. As a result, our inventory levels were higher than usual in fiscal 2023.

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Elevated inventory levels and disruptions in the shipping industry contributed to us incurring significant demurrage charges in fiscal 2023. We implemented measures to reduce the risk of incurring these charges in fiscal 2024, including reducing product buys to account for current inventory levels and adjusting our production schedules to receive inventory closer to the need for delivery. We experienced inventory levels that were higher than normal through the first half of fiscal 2024. As a result, our warehouse operations were less efficient and we continued to incur additional labor and storage costs related to our inventory in the first half of fiscal 2024. Our inventory levels returned to a more normalized level in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2024.

In fiscal 2024, the Panama Canal experienced severe drought conditions which forced the canal to reduce the number of vessels transiting through it on a daily basis by approximately one-third. In addition, conflicts in the Middle East have caused major disruptions to global supply chains by impacting critical shipping routes through the Suez Canal and Red Sea for cargo, adding time and cost to shipments. Transit times have increased to destinations on the east coast of the United States and Europe, which may result in result in increased transportation costs.

If we are unable to mitigate these challenges as well as potential future supply chain disruptions, our ability to meet customer expectations, manage inventory and complete sales could be materially adversely affected. In addition, if we are unable to offset higher warehousing costs through product price increases or other measures, our results of operations may be adversely affected.

Fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of materials used in our products could have a material adverse effect on our cost of goods sold and our ability to meet our customers’ demands.

Fluctuations in the price, availability and quality of raw materials used in our products could have a material adverse effect on our cost of sales or our ability to meet the demands of our customers. We compete with numerous entities for supplies of materials and manufacturing capacity. Raw materials are vulnerable to adverse climate conditions, animal diseases and natural disasters that can affect the supply and price of raw materials. We may not be able to pass on all or any portion of higher raw material prices to our customers. Future increases in raw material prices could have an adverse effect on our results of operations.

Any raw material price increase or increase in costs related to the transport of our products could increase our cost of sales and potentially decrease our profitability unless we are able to pass higher prices on to our customers. In addition, if one or more of our competitors is able to reduce its production costs by taking greater advantage of any reductions in raw material prices, favorable sourcing agreements or new manufacturing technologies (which enable manufacturers to produce goods on a more cost-effective basis) we may face pricing pressures from those competitors and may be forced to reduce our prices or face a decline in net sales, either of which could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

If we inadequately protect, maintain and enforce our trademark and other intellectual property rights, or infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties, our business could be harmed.

We believe that our trademarks and other proprietary rights are important to our success and our competitive position. We may, however, experience conflict with various third parties who acquire or claim ownership rights in certain trademarks. We cannot be sure that the actions we have taken to establish and protect our trademarks and other proprietary rights will be adequate to protect our rights, or that any of our intellectual property will not be challenged or held invalid or unenforceable, and we may not be able to prevent imitation of our products by others or to prevent others from seeking to block sales of our products as a violation of the trademarks and proprietary rights of others. Our failure to protect our trademarks could diminish the value of our brands, and could cause customer or consumer confusion, which could, in turn, adversely affect the validity of our trademarks and our business, results of operations and financial condition.

In the course of our attempts to expand into foreign markets, we may experience conflicts with various third parties who have acquired ownership rights in certain trademarks, which would impede our use and registration of some of our trademarks. Such conflicts are common and may arise from time to time as we pursue international expansion, such as with the international expansion of our DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel businesses. In addition, the laws of certain foreign countries may not protect proprietary

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rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States. Enforcing rights to our intellectual property may be difficult and expensive, and we may not be successful in combating counterfeit products and stopping infringement of our intellectual property rights, which could make it easier for competitors to capture market share. Counterfeit products may reduce our net sales and may also damage our brands due to their lower quality. If we are unable to protect, maintain or enforce our intellectual property rights against third parties, our business, financial condition and results of operations may be materially adversely affected.

Furthermore, we cannot be certain that the conduct of our business does not and will not infringe, misappropriate or otherwise conflict with the intellectual property rights of others, and our efforts to enforce our trademark and other intellectual property rights may be met with defenses, counterclaims and countersuits attacking the validity and enforceability of our trademark and other intellectual property rights. Any action to prosecute, enforce or defend any intellectual property claim, regardless of merit or resolution, could be costly and may divert the efforts and attention of our management and technical personnel. We may not prevail in such proceedings given the complex technical issues and inherent uncertainties in intellectual property litigation. If we are found to have infringed, misappropriated or otherwise violated rights of third parties, we could be required to pay substantial damages, obtain licenses, cease the manufacture, use or sale of certain intellectual property, or cease making or selling certain products. There can be no assurance that licenses will be available on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. If we are unsuccessful in protecting and enforcing our intellectual property rights, our brands, business, financial condition and results of operations may be materially adversely affected.

We are subject to the risk that our licensees may not generate expected sales or maintain the value of our brands.

We currently license, and expect to continue licensing, certain of our proprietary rights, such as trademarks, to third parties. If our licensees fail to successfully market and sell licensed products, or fail to obtain sufficient capital or effectively manage their business operations, customer relationships, labor relationships, supplier relationships or credit risks, this could adversely affect our revenues, both directly from reduced royalties received and indirectly from reduced sales of our other products.

We also rely on our licensees to help preserve the value of our brand. Although we attempt to protect our brand through approval rights over the design, production processes, quality, packaging, merchandising, distribution, advertising and promotion of our licensed products, we cannot completely control the use of our licensed brand by our licensees. Although we make efforts to police the use of our trademarks by our licensees, we cannot be certain that these efforts will be sufficient to ensure that our licensees abide by the terms of their licenses. In the event that our licensees fail to do so, our trademark rights could be harmed. Moreover, the misuse of our brand by, or negative publicity involving, a licensee, could have a material adverse effect on our brand and on us.

Risk Factors Relating to the Economy and the Apparel Industry

Recent and future economic conditions, including volatility in the financial and credit markets, inflation and increases in interest rates, may adversely affect our business.

Economic conditions have affected, and in the future may adversely affect, the apparel industry and our major customers. Economic conditions have, at times, led to a reduction in overall consumer spending, which could have an adverse impact on sales of our products. A disruption in the ability of our significant customers to access liquidity could cause serious disruptions or an overall deterioration of their businesses which could lead to a significant reduction in their orders of our products and the inability or failure on their part to meet their payment obligations to us, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and liquidity. A significant adverse change in a customer’s financial and/or credit position could also require us to sell fewer products to that customer, assume greater credit risk relating to that customer’s receivables or could limit our ability to collect receivables related to previous purchases by that customer. As a result, our reserves for doubtful accounts and write-offs of accounts receivable may increase.

Inflationary pressures have impacted the entire economy, including our industry. We have experienced increased costs in many aspects of our business, including our product costs and freight. During fiscal 2023, we implemented price increases on many of our products in an effort to mitigate the effect of higher costs. In fiscal 2023, the historic high rates of inflation,

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including increased fuel and food prices, led to a softening of consumer demand and increased promotional activity in our categories, which continued into fiscal 2024. Continued high rates of inflation in the future could result in a reduction of consumer demand and increased promotional activity, as well as increases in our operating costs.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates several times in fiscal 2024 in response to concerns about inflation. It is unclear whether the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates or maintain the current high rates in fiscal 2025. Higher interest rates may increase the costs of our borrowing under our revolving credit facility, may increase economic uncertainty and may negatively affect consumer spending. Volatility in interest rates may adversely affect our business and our customers. If the equity and credit markets deteriorate, it may make any necessary debt or equity financing more difficult to obtain in a timely manner or on favorable terms.

The cyclical nature of the apparel industry and uncertainty over future economic prospects and consumer spending could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

The apparel industry is cyclical. Purchases of outerwear, sportswear, swimwear, footwear and other apparel and accessories tend to decline during recessionary periods and may decline for a variety of other reasons, including changes in fashion trends and the introduction of new products or pricing changes by our competitors. Retailers have also responded to the shift in the types of apparel purchased by consumers based on their adjusted lifestyle needs resulting from changes to the work environment and leisure activities caused by COVID-19. Uncertainties regarding future economic prospects, including as a result of concerns with respect to the possibility of a recession, the increase in interest rates or inflation, may affect consumer-spending habits and could have an adverse effect on our results of operations. Weak economic conditions have had a material adverse effect on our results of operations at times in the past and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations in the future as well.

The competitive nature of our industry may result in lower prices for our products and decreased gross profit margins.

The apparel business is highly competitive. We have numerous competitors with respect to the sale of apparel, footwear and accessories, including digital websites, distributors that import products from abroad and domestic retailers with established foreign manufacturing capabilities. Many of our competitors have greater financial and marketing resources and greater manufacturing capacity than we do. The general availability of contract manufacturing capacity also allows ease of access by new market entrants. The competitive nature of the apparel industry may result in lower prices for our products and decreased gross profit margins, either of which may materially adversely affect our sales and profitability. Sales of our products are affected by a number of competitive factors including style, price, quality, brand recognition and reputation, product appeal and general fashion trends.

If major department, mass merchant and specialty store chains consolidate, continue to close stores or cease to do business, our business could be negatively affected.

We sell our products to major department, mass merchant and specialty store chains. Continued consolidation in the retail industry, as well as store closing or retailers ceasing to do business, could negatively impact our business. Various customers of ours, including Macy’s and Kohl’s, have reduced their store footprint and others have filed for bankruptcy. Macy’s also recently announced that it planned to close an additional 150 stores over the next three years. Store closings could adversely affect our business and results of operations. Consolidation could reduce the number of our customers and potential customers. With increased consolidation in the retail industry, we are increasingly dependent on retailers whose bargaining strength may increase and whose share of our business may grow. As a result, we may face greater pressure from these customers to provide more favorable terms, including increased support of their retail margins. As purchasing decisions become more centralized, the risks from consolidation increase. A store group could decide to close stores, decrease the amount of product purchased from us, modify the amount of floor space allocated to apparel in general or to our products specifically or focus on promoting private label products or national brand products for which it has exclusive rights rather than promoting our products. Customers are also concentrating purchases among a narrowing group of vendors. These types of decisions by our key customers could adversely affect our business.

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The effects of war, including wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, acts of terrorism, natural disasters or public health crises could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

The current wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and the continued threat of terrorism, heightened security measures and military action in response to acts of terrorism or civil unrest has, at times, disrupted commerce and intensified concerns regarding the United States and world economies. The imposition of additional sanctions by the United States and/or foreign governments, as well as the sanctions already in place, could lead to restrictions related to sales and our supply chain for which the financial impact is uncertain. In addition, the continuation or escalation of these wars, including the potential for additional countries to declare ware against each other, may lead to further, broader unfavorable macroeconomic implications, including unfavorable foreign exchange rates, increases in fuel prices, food shortages, a weakening of the worldwide economy, lower consumer demand and volatility in financial markets. These implications of the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East could have a material adverse effect on our business and our results of operations.

Any other acts of terrorism or new or extended hostilities may disrupt commerce and undermine consumer confidence, which could negatively impact our sales and results of operations. Similarly, the occurrence of one or more natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, floods or earthquakes, or public health crises, such as COVID-19, could result in the closure of one or more of our distribution centers, our corporate headquarters or a significant number of stores or impact one or more of our key suppliers. These types of events could result in additional increases in energy prices or shortages, the temporary or long-term disruption in the supply of product, disruption in the transport of product from overseas, delay in the delivery of product to our factories, our customers or our stores and disruption in our information and communication systems. Accordingly, these types of events could have a material adverse effect on our business and our results of operations.

Risks Related to Our International Operations

We are dependent upon foreign manufacturers.

We do not own or operate any manufacturing facilities. We also do not have long-term written agreements with any of our manufacturers. As a result, any of these manufacturers may unilaterally terminate its relationship with us at any time. Almost all of our products are imported from independent foreign manufacturers. The failure of these manufacturers to meet required quality standards could damage our relationships with our customers. In addition, the failure by these manufacturers to ship products to us in a timely manner could cause us to miss the delivery date requirements of our customers. The failure to make timely deliveries could cause customers to cancel orders, refuse to accept delivery of products or demand reduced prices.

Additionally, our arrangements with foreign manufacturers subject us to risks of engaging in business abroad, including currency fluctuations, political or labor instability and potential import restrictions, duties and tariffs. We do not maintain insurance for the potential lost profits due to disruptions of our overseas manufacturers. Because our products are produced abroad, most significantly in China and Vietnam, political or economic instability in China, Vietnam or elsewhere could cause substantial disruption in the business of our foreign manufacturers. Products sourced from China represented approximately 34.2% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2024, 37.6% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2023 and 34.2% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2022. Products sourced from Vietnam represented approximately 35.7% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2024, 31.4% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2023 and 32.2% of our inventory purchased in fiscal 2022.  

While we source our products from many different manufacturers, we rely on a few manufacturers for a significant amount of our products. In fiscal 2024, we sourced 28.3% and 22.8% of our purchases from two different vendors in Vietnam and in fiscal 2023, we sourced 25.7% and 15.2% of our purchases from two different vendors in Vietnam. In fiscal 2024, we sourced 13.6% of our purchases from one vendor in China and in fiscal 2023, we sourced 18.8% of our purchases from one vendor in China. The loss of key vendors or a disruption in receipt of products from key vendors could adversely affect our ability to deliver goods to our customers on time and in the requested quantities.

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manufacturers to comply with required labor standards or any other divergence in their labor or other practices from those generally considered ethical in the United States and the potential negative publicity relating to any of these events, could result in a violation by us of our license agreements, and harm us and our reputation. In addition, a manufacturer’s failure to comply with safety or content regulations and standards could result in substantial liability and harm to our reputation.

China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (the “XUAR”) is a significant source of cotton and textiles for the global apparel supply chain. The United States’ Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (“UFLPA”) empowers the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (the “US CBP”) to withhold release of items produced in whole or in part in the XUAR or produced by companies included on a government-created UFLPA entity list, creating a presumption that such goods were produced using forced labor. We have established controls designed to preclude sourcing any products or materials from the XUAR (either directly or indirectly through our suppliers), and we prohibit our vendors from doing business with facilities in the XUAR. If any of the vendors from which we purchase goods is found to have dealings, directly or indirectly, with entities operating in the XUAR, our products or materials (including potentially non-cotton materials) could be held or delayed by the US CBP, which could cause delays, impact our inventory levels and adversely affect our ability to timely deliver our products to our customers.

Our expansion into the European market exposes us to uncertain economic conditions in the Euro zone.

Demand for our products depends in part on the general economic conditions affecting the countries in which we do business. We are attempting to expand our presence in the European markets, including for our DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Vilebrequin and Sonia Rykiel businesses. The economy in Europe is uncertain and potentially adversely affected by the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East. Financial instability in Europe could adversely affect our European operations and, in turn, could have a material adverse effect on us.

We have foreign currency exposures relating to buying and selling in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, our functional currency.

We have foreign currency exposure related to foreign denominated revenues and costs, which must be translated into U.S. dollars. Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates may adversely affect our reported earnings and the comparability of period-to-period results of operations. In addition, while certain currencies (notably the Hong Kong dollar and Chinese Renminbi) are currently managed in value in relation to the U.S. dollar by foreign central banks or governmental entities, such conditions may change, thereby exposing us to various risks as a result.

Certain of our foreign operations purchase products from suppliers denominated in U.S. dollars and Euros, which may expose such operations to increases in cost of goods sold (thereby lowering profit margins) as a result of foreign currency fluctuations. Our exposures are primarily concentrated in the Euro. Changes in currency exchange rates may also affect the relative prices at which we and our foreign competitors purchase and sell products in the same market and the cost of certain items required in our operations. In addition, certain of our foreign operations have receivables or payables denominated in currencies other than their functional currencies, which exposes such operations to foreign exchange losses as a result of foreign currency fluctuations. Such fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. We are not currently engaged in any hedging activities to protect against currency risks. If there is downward pressure on the value of the dollar, our purchase prices for our products could increase. We may not be able to offset an increase in product costs with a price increase to our customers.

We are subject to numerous risks associated with international operations.

Our ability to capitalize on the potential of our international operations, including to realize the benefits of our DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Vilebrequin and Sonia Rykiel businesses and successfully expand into international markets, is subject to risks associated with international operations. These include:

the burdens of complying with a variety of foreign laws and regulations, including trade and labor restrictions;
local product preferences and product requirements;
more stringent regulation relating to privacy and data protection, including with respect to the collection, use and processing of personal information, particularly in Europe;

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more stringent regulation relating to privacy and data access to, or use of, commercial or personal information, particularly in Europe;
less rigorous protection of intellectual property;
compliance with United States and other country laws relating to foreign operations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from making improper payments to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business;
unexpected changes in regulatory requirements; and
new tariffs or other barriers in international markets.

We are also subject to general political and economic risks in connection with our international operations, including:

political instability and terrorist attacks;
changes in diplomatic and trade relationships; and
general and economic fluctuations in specific countries or markets.

Changes in regulatory, geopolitical, social or economic policies and other factors may have a material adverse effect on our international business in the future or may require us to exit a particular market or significantly modify our current business practices.

The national security law implemented in Hong Kong may result in disruptions to our business operations in Hong Kong and additional tariffs and trade restrictions.

In June 2020, a new security law was put into effect that changes the way Hong Kong has been governed since the territory was handed over by England to China in 1997. This law increases the power of the central government in Beijing over Hong Kong, limits the civil liberties of residents of Hong Kong and could restrict their ability to conduct business in the same way as in the past on a go forward basis. The U.S. State Department has announced the U.S. would no longer consider Hong Kong to have significant autonomy from China which could end some or all of the U.S. government’s special trade and economic relations with Hong Kong. This may result in disruption to our offices and employees located in Hong Kong, as well as the shipment of our products from Hong Kong. The potential disruption to our business operations in Hong Kong and additional tariffs and trade restrictions resulting from this security law, as well as any future additional security laws, could have an adverse impact on our results of operations. To date, no such disruptions have occurred. In March 2024, a new security law was adopted by Hong Kong. In March 2024, a new, more restrictive security law was adopted by Hong Kong. The Company is not yet able to determine the effect, if any, this new security law may have on its business or results of operations.

Risks Related to Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Information Technology

Laws on privacy continue to evolve, and place further limits on how we collect or use customer information could adversely affect our business.

We collect, store and process customer information primarily for marketing purposes and to improve the services we provide. There are numerous laws and regulations regarding privacy and the storage, sharing, use, processing, transfer, disclosure and protection of personal data, the scope of which is changing, subject to differing interpretations, and may be inconsistent between states within a country or between countries. For example, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has caused significantly greater compliance burdens and costs for companies with users and operations in the European Union (“EU”) and European Economic Area (“EEA”). Under GDPR, fines of up to 20 million Euros or 4% of a company’s annual global revenues, whichever is greater, can be imposed for violations.

The California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) regulate how we may collect, use, and process personal data of California residents, and provide California residents with certain rights regarding their personal data. To comply with the CPRA and CCPA, we updated our data processing practices and policies. However, these laws may require that we further modify our data processing practices and policies and incur substantial compliance-related costs and expenses. Other states have enacted similar data privacy laws and additional states may do so in the future as the U.S. state privacy landscape continues to evolve. Non-compliance with these laws could result in penalties or

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significant legal liability. Although we make reasonable efforts to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, there can be no assurance that we will not be subject to regulatory action, including fines, in the event of non-compliance. If we fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations, we may be subject to legal exposure, as well as financial and reputational damage, which could impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Any additional limitations imposed on the use of consumer information by federal, state, local or foreign governments, could have an adverse effect on our future marketing activities. Governmental focus on data security and/or privacy may lead to additional legislation or regulations. As a result, we may have to modify our business to further improve data security and privacy compliance, which would result in increased expenses and operating complexity, or in ways that negatively affect our or our third-party service providers’ business, results of operations or financial condition. To the extent our, or our business partners’, security procedures and protection of consumer information prove to be insufficient or inadequate, we may become subject to litigation or other claims, fines, penalties or other obligations, which could expose us to liability and cause damage to our reputation, brand and results of operations.

We are subject to rules relating to the processing of credit card payments. Failure to comply with these rules could result in an ability to process payments which would adversely affect our retail business.

Because we process and transmit payment card information, we are subject to the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) Data Security Standard (the “Standard”), and card brand operating rules (“Card Rules”). The Standard is a comprehensive set of requirements for enhancing payment account data security that was developed by the PCI Security Standards Council to help facilitate the broad adoption of consistent data security measures. We are required by Card Rules to comply with the Standard, and our failure to do so may result in fines or restrictions on our ability to accept payment cards. Under certain circumstances specified in the Card Rules, we may be required to submit to periodic audits, self-assessments or other assessments of our compliance with the Standard. Such activities may reveal that we have failed to comply with the Standard. If an audit, self-assessment or other test determines that we need to take steps to remediate any deficiencies, such remediation efforts may distract the management team of our retail business and require it to undertake disruptive, costly and time-consuming remediation efforts. In addition, even if we comply with the Standard, there is no assurance that we will be protected from a security breach, which may materially affect our reputation and our ability to conduct our business. Further, changes in technology and processing procedures may result in changes to the Card Rules. Such changes may require us to make significant investments in operating systems and technology that may impact our business. Failure to keep up with changes in technology could result in the loss of business. Failure to comply with the Standard or Card Rules could result in losing certification under the PCI standards and an inability to process payments.

Our systems, and those of our third-party vendors, containing personal information and payment data of our customers, employees, and other third parties could be breached, which could subject us to adverse publicity, costly government enforcement actions or private litigation, and expenses.

We rely heavily on information systems to manage operations, including a full range of financial, sourcing, retail and merchandising systems, and regularly make investments to upgrade, enhance or replace these systems. The reliability and capacity of our information systems is critical. The failure of our information technology systems to perform as we anticipate could disrupt our business and could result in transaction errors, processing inefficiencies and the loss of sales and customers, which may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations to suffer. Despite our preventative efforts, our systems are vulnerable from time to time to damage or interruption from, among other things, security breaches, cyber-attacks, computer viruses, ransomware, power outages, fire, natural disasters, systems failures and other technical malfunctions. Increased cyber-security threats pose a potential risk to the security and viability of our information technology systems, as well as the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data stored on those systems. We have outsourced elements of our IT systems, including to cloud-based solution vendors, and use third-party vendors in other aspects of our operations and, as a result, a number of third-party vendors may or could have access to confidential information. Our third-party vendors have experienced service interruptions and cyber-attacks in the past, and we expect they will continue. If our information technology systems suffer severe damage, disruption or shutdown, by unintentional or malicious actions of employees and contractors or by cyber-attacks, and our business continuity plans do not effectively resolve the issues in a timely manner, we could experience business disruptions, reputational damage, transaction errors, processing inefficiencies, increased overhead costs, excess inventory, product shortages and a loss of important information, causing our business, financial condition and results of operations to be

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adversely affected. Any disruptions affecting our information systems could have a material adverse impact on the operation of our business. We could also be required to spend significant financial and other resources to remedy the damage caused by a security breach or to repair or replace networks and information systems.  In addition, our ability to continue to operate our business without significant interruption in the event of a disaster or other disruption depends in part on the ability of our information systems to operate in accordance with our disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

Cyber criminals are constantly devising schemes to circumvent information technology security safeguards and other retailers have suffered serious data security breaches. The risk of a security breach or disruption, particularly through cyber-attacks or cyber intrusion, including by computer hackers, foreign governments, and cyber terrorists, has generally increased as the number, intensity, and sophistication of attempted attacks and intrusions from around the world have increased. We may not be able to anticipate all types of security threats, and we may not be able to implement preventive measures effective against all such security threats. The techniques used by cyber criminals change frequently, may not be recognized until launched, and can originate from a wide variety of sources, including outside groups such as external service providers, organized crime affiliates, terrorist organizations, or hostile foreign governments or agencies. It is possible that we or our third-party vendors may experience cybersecurity and other breach incidents that remain undetected for an extended period. Even when a security breach is detected, the full extent of the breach may not be determined immediately. The costs to us to mitigate network security issues, bugs, viruses, worms, malicious software programs and security vulnerabilities could be significant.

We regularly implement business process improvement and information technology initiatives intended to optimize our operational and financial performance. Transitioning to these new or upgraded processes and systems requires significant capital investments and personnel resources. We may also experience difficulties in implementing or operating our new or upgraded business processes or information technology systems, including, but not limited to, ineffective or inefficient operations, significant system failures, system outages, delayed implementation and loss of system availability, which could lead to increased implementation and/or operational costs, loss or corruption of data, delayed shipments, excess inventory and interruptions of operations resulting in lost sales and/or profits.

While we devote significant resources to network security, backup and disaster recovery, enhanced training and other security measures to protect our systems and data, security measures cannot provide absolute security or guarantee that we will be successful in preventing or responding to every breach or disruption on a timely basis. In addition, due to the constantly evolving nature of security threats, we cannot predict the form and impact of any future incident, and the cost and operational expense of implementing, maintaining and enhancing protective measures to guard against increasingly complex and sophisticated cyber threats could increase significantly. If any of these risks materialize, our reputation and our ability to conduct our business may be materially adversely affected.

A data security or privacy breach could adversely affect our business.

We collect, process, transmit and store personal, sensitive and confidential information, including our proprietary business information and that of consumers (including users of our websites) and our wholesale partners, distributors, employees, suppliers and business partners. The protection of customer, employee and company data is critical to us. Customers have a high expectation that we will adequately protect their personal information from cyberattack or other security breaches. A significant breach of customer, employee, or company data could damage our reputation and result in lost sales, fines, or lawsuits. The secure processing, maintenance and transmission of this information is critical to our operations and business strategy. Despite our security measures, our information technology and infrastructure may be vulnerable to attacks by hackers or breaches due to employee error, malfeasance or other disruptions. Any such breach or attack could compromise our networks and the information stored there could be accessed, publicly disclosed, lost or stolen.

Because the methods used to obtain unauthorized access change frequently and may not be immediately detected, we may be unable to anticipate these methods or promptly implement preventative measures. Any such access, disclosure or other loss of information could result in legal claims or proceedings, liability under laws that protect the privacy of personal information, disrupt our operations and the services we provide to customers and damage our reputation, which could adversely affect our business, revenues and competitive position.

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We are also reliant on the security practices of our third-party service providers. We require that third-party service providers implement reasonable security measures to protect our customers’ identity and privacy. We do not, however, control these third-party service providers and cannot guarantee that no electronic or physical computer break-ins and security breaches will occur in the future. The services provided by these third parties have been, and will likely continue to be, subject to the same risk of outages, other failures and security breaches that we are subject to. If these third parties fail to adhere to adequate security practices, or experience a breach of their systems, the data of our employees and customers may be improperly accessed, used or disclosed. Any loss or interruption to our systems or the services provided by third parties, and the other risks from cybersecurity threats, could adversely affect our business, financial condition, or results of operations. Although the aggregate impact of cybersecurity breaches has not been material to date, we have been subject to cybersecurity incidents in the past, including within the last three years, and expect them to continue as cybersecurity threats evolve in sophistication. We cannot provide any assurances that such events will not occur and impacts therefrom will not be material in the future.

Artificial intelligence presents risks and challenges that can impact our business including by posing security risks to our confidential information, proprietary information, and personal data.

Issues in the development and use of artificial intelligence, combined with an uncertain regulatory environment, may result in reputational harm, liability, or other adverse consequences to our business operations. As with many technological innovations, artificial intelligence presents risks and challenges that could impact our business. We may adopt and integrate generative artificial intelligence tools into our systems for specific use cases reviewed by legal and information security. Our vendors may incorporate generative artificial intelligence tools into their offerings without disclosing this use to us, and the providers of these generative artificial intelligence tools may not meet existing or rapidly evolving regulatory or industry standards with respect to privacy and data protection and may inhibit our or our vendors’ ability to maintain an adequate level of service and experience. If we, our vendors, or our third-party partners experience an actual or perceived breach of privacy or security incident because of the use of generative artificial intelligence, we may lose valuable intellectual property and confidential information and our reputation and the public perception of the effectiveness of our security measures could be harmed. Further, bad actors around the world use increasingly sophisticated methods, including the use of artificial intelligence, to engage in illegal activities involving the theft and misuse of personal information, confidential information, and intellectual property. Any of these outcomes could damage our reputation, result in the loss of valuable property and information, and adversely impact our business.

Legal and Regulatory Risks

Changes in trade policies and tariffs imposed by the United States government and the governments of other nations could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Changes in laws and policies governing foreign trade, manufacturing, development and investment in the territories or countries where we currently sell our products or conduct our business could adversely affect our business. U.S. presidential administrations have instituted or proposed changes in trade policies that include the negotiation or termination of trade agreements, the imposition of higher tariffs on imports into the U.S., economic sanctions on individuals, corporations or countries, and other government regulations affecting trade between the U.S. and other countries where we conduct our business. It may be time-consuming and expensive for us to alter our business operations in order to adapt to or comply with any such changes.

In addition, changes or proposed changes in the trade policies of the U.S. or other countries may result in restrictions and economic disincentives to international trade. Tariffs and other changes in U.S. trade policy have in the past and could in the future trigger retaliatory actions by affected countries. Certain foreign governments have instituted or are considering imposing retaliatory measures on certain U.S. goods. Further, any emerging protectionist or nationalist trends either in the U.S. or in other countries could affect the trade environment. The Company, similar to other companies that conduct their business internationally, does a significant amount of business that would be impacted by changes to the trade policies of the U.S. and foreign countries (including governmental action related to tariffs, international trade agreements, or economic sanctions). Such changes have the potential to adversely impact the U.S. economy or certain sectors thereof or the economy of another country in which we conduct operations. They could also adversely affect our industry and the

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global demand for our products, and as a result, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

Changes in tax legislation or exposure to additional tax liabilities could impact our business.

Changes to U.S. and international tax laws could have a negative impact on our results of operations. Although we believe our income tax estimates are reasonable, the ultimate outcomes may have a negative impact on our results of operations. Our domestic and international tax liabilities are dependent on the allocation of revenue and expenses in various jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining our global provision for income taxes. Changes in the U.S. federal, state, and international tax legislations can have an adverse impact on our income tax liabilities and effective tax rate.

Our future effective tax rate could be adversely affected by a variety of factors, including changes in our business operations, changes in tax laws or rulings, or developments in government tax examinations. A number of countries are actively pursuing fundamental changes to the tax laws applicable to multinational companies. Furthermore, tax authorities may choose to examine or investigate our tax reporting or tax liability, including an examination of our existing transfer pricing policies. Adverse outcomes from examinations may lead to adjustments to our income tax liabilities or provisions for uncertain tax positions.

In December 2022, the Council of the European Union (“EU”) announced that EU member states reached an agreement to implement the minimum tax component of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s international tax reform initiative, known as Pillar Two.  The Pillar Two Model Rules provide for a global minimum tax of 15% for multinational enterprise groups, and is expected to be effective for our fiscal year ending January 31, 2025. While the Company does not expect these rules to have a material impact on its effective tax rate or financial results, the Company continues to monitor evolving tax legislation in the jurisdictions in which it operates. A material change in tax laws or policies, or their interpretation, related to the Pillar Two Model Rules could result in a higher effective tax rate and have an adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

We are required to pay taxes other than income taxes, such as payroll, sales, use, value-added, net worth, property, and goods and services taxes, in both the United States and various other jurisdictions. Tax authorities regularly examine these non-income taxes. The outcomes from these examinations, changes in the business, changes in applicable tax rules or other tax matters may have an adverse impact on our results of operations.

We are subject to significant corporate regulation as a public company and failure to comply with applicable regulations could subject us to liability or negatively affect the market price of our securities.

As a publicly traded company, we are subject to a significant body of regulation, including the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Global Select Market, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq regularly propose and adopt new regulatory requirements.

The internal control over financial reporting required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act may not prevent or detect misstatements because of certain of its limitations, including the possibility of human error, the circumvention or overriding of controls, or fraud. As a result, even effective internal controls may not provide reasonable assurances with respect to the preparation and presentation of financial statements. We cannot provide assurance that, in the future, our management will not find a material weakness in connection with its annual review of our internal control over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We also cannot provide assurance that we could correct any such weakness to allow our management to assess the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of the end of our fiscal year in time to enable our independent registered public accounting firm to state that such assessment will have been fairly stated in our Annual Report on Form 10-K or state that we have maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of the end of our fiscal year. Discovery and disclosure of a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting could have a material impact on our financial statements and could cause the market price of our securities to decline.

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While we have developed and instituted corporate compliance programs and continue to update our programs in response to newly implemented or changing regulatory requirements, we cannot provide assurance that we are or will be in compliance with all potentially applicable corporate regulations. If we fail to comply with any of these regulations, we could be subject to a range of regulatory actions, fines or other sanctions or litigation.

Other Risks Relating to Ownership of Our Common Stock

The increased focus by stakeholders on corporate responsibility issues, including those associated with environmental, social and governance issues, as well as matters of significance related to sustainability, could result in additional costs or risks and adversely impact our reputation.

There is an increased focus from our stakeholders, including consumers, employees and institutional investors, on corporate social responsibility matters, which we refer to as CSR, associated with environmental, social and governance issues and sustainability practices. Although we have disclosed our corporate social responsibility strategy and increased focus on these issues, there can be no assurance that our stakeholders will agree with our strategy or that we will be successful in achieving our goals. If our CSR practices do not meet investor or other industry stakeholder expectations and standards, which continue to evolve, our brands, reputation and customer and employee retention may be negatively impacted. It is possible that stakeholders may not be satisfied with our CSR practices or the speed of adoption. We could also incur additional costs and require additional resources to monitor, report and comply with our CSR practices. In addition, our failure, or perceived failure, to meet the standards included in any sustainability disclosure could negatively impact our reputation, employee retention and the willingness of our customers and suppliers to do business with us.  Our processes and controls for reporting CSR and sustainability matters across our operations and supply chain are evolving along with multiple disparate standards for identifying, measuring, and reporting related metrics, including related disclosures that may be required by the SEC, European and other regulators.,  Such standards may change over time, which could result in significant revisions to our current goals, reported progress in achieving such goals, or ability to achieve such goals in the future. New government regulations could also result in new or more stringent forms of oversight and expanded mandatory and voluntary reporting, diligence, and disclosure. Failure to comply with governmental regulations, implement our strategy or achieve our goals could damage our reputation, causing our investors or consumers to lose confidence in us and our brands, and negatively impact our operations.  

The price of our common stock has fluctuated significantly and could continue to fluctuate significantly.

Between February 1, 2021 and March 21, 2024, the market price of our common stock has ranged from a low of $11.60 to a high of $35.80 per share. The market price of our common stock may change significantly in response to various factors and events beyond our control, including:

fluctuations in our quarterly revenues or those of our competitors as a result of seasonality or other factors;
a shortfall in revenues or net income from that expected by securities analysts and investors;
changes in securities analysts’ estimates of our financial performance or the financial performance of our competitors or companies in our industry generally;
announcements concerning our competitors;
changes in product pricing policies by our competitors or our customers;
changes in tariff and trade policies;
general conditions in our industry; and
general conditions in the securities markets.

Our actual financial results might vary from our publicly disclosed financial forecasts.

From time to time, we have publicly disclosed financial forecasts. Our forecasts reflect numerous assumptions concerning our expected performance, as well as other factors that are beyond our control and that might not turn out to be correct. As a result, variations from our forecasts could be material. Our financial results are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those identified throughout this “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the documents incorporated by reference in this Annual Report. If our actual financial results are worse than our financial forecasts or forecasts provided by outside investment analysts, or others, the price of our common stock

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may decline. Investors who rely on these predictions when making investment decisions with respect to our securities do so at their own risk. We take no responsibility for any losses suffered as a result of such changes in our stock price. We do not have any responsibility to provide financial forecasts going forward or to update any of our forward-looking statements at such times or otherwise.

We recorded significant charges for the impairment of goodwill during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 which caused us to report a net loss for fiscal 2023 and we recorded charges for the impairment of trademarks during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024. If our trademarks and other intangibles become impaired, we may be required to record additional charges to earnings.

As of January 31, 2024, we had trademarks and other intangibles in an aggregate amount of $662.0 million, or approximately 25% of our total assets and approximately 43% of our stockholders’ equity. Approximately $393.2 million of our trademarks and other intangibles was recorded in connection with our acquisition of DKNY and Donna Karan and approximately $188.2 million of our trademarks and other intangibles was recorded in connection with our acquisition of Karl Lagerfeld.

Under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), we review our goodwill and other indefinite life intangibles for impairment annually as of January 31 of each fiscal year and when events or changes in circumstances warrant. A significant decline in our stock price and market capitalization or deterioration in our projected results could result in an impairment of our trademarks and/or other intangibles, or any future goodwill. Other events or changes may indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable due to factors such as reduced estimates of future cash flows and profitability, increased cost of debt or slower growth rates in our industry. Estimates of future cash flows and profitability are based on an updated long-term financial outlook of our operations. However, actual performance in the near-term or long-term could be materially different from these forecasts, which could impact future estimates.

As of January 31, 2023, we were required to record a $347.2 million charge to earnings in our financial statements as our goodwill was determined to be fully impaired as a result of our decline in market capitalization. As of January 31, 2024, we were required to record a $5.9 million charge to earnings in our financial statements as our Sonia Rykiel trademark was determined to be partially impaired as a result of the performance of the brand.

We may be required to record additional significant charges to earnings in our financial statements during a period in which an impairment of our trademarks and other intangible assets is determined to exist which could negatively affect our results of operations and the market price of our securities.

Risks Related to Our Indebtedness

We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and our ability to obtain financing in the future and to react to changes in our business.

We have issued $400 million of Senior Secured Notes and are party to the ABL Credit Agreement that provides for borrowings of up to $650 million, subject to borrowing base availability. In fiscal 2024, we repaid $125.0 million of debt pursuant to the note issued to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. (the “LVMH Note”) that constituted a portion of the purchase price for the acquisition of DKNY and Donna Karan.

Our significant amount of debt and our debt service obligations could limit our ability to satisfy our obligations, limit our ability to operate our business and impair our competitive position.

For example, it could:

make it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations under the Senior Secured Notes and the ABL Credit Agreement;
increase our vulnerability to adverse economic and general industry conditions, including interest rate fluctuations, because a portion of our borrowings are and will continue to be at variable rates of interest;

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require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to payments on our debt, which would reduce the availability of our cash flow from operations to fund working capital, capital expenditures or other general corporate purposes;
limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and industry;
place us at a disadvantage compared to competitors that may have proportionately less debt;
limit our ability to obtain additional debt or equity financing due to applicable financial and restrictive covenants in our debt agreements; and
increase our cost of borrowing.

Despite our substantial indebtedness, we may still be able to incur significantly more debt. This could intensify the risks described above.

We and our subsidiaries may be able to incur substantial indebtedness in the future. Although the ABL Credit Agreement and the indenture that governs the Senior Secured Notes contain restrictions on our and our subsidiaries’ ability to incur additional indebtedness, these restrictions are subject to a number of important qualifications and exceptions, and the indebtedness incurred in compliance with these restrictions could be substantial.

The covenants under any future debt instruments could also allow us to incur a significant amount of additional indebtedness. In addition to any amounts that might be available to us for borrowing under the ABL Credit Agreement, subject to certain conditions, we will have the right to request an increase of aggregate commitments under the ABL Credit Agreement by an aggregate amount of up to $100.0 million by obtaining additional commitments either from one or more of the lenders under the ABL Credit Agreement or other lending institutions.  The more leveraged we become, the more we will be exposed to certain risks described above under “—We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and our ability to obtain financing in the future and to react to changes in our business.”

The ABL Credit Agreement and the indenture that governs the Senior Secured Notes impose significant operating and financial restrictions that may limit our current and future operating flexibility, particularly our ability to respond to changes in the economy or our industry or to take certain actions, which could harm our long term interests and may limit our ability to make payments under the Notes or the ABL Credit Agreement or satisfy our other obligations.

The ABL Credit Agreement and the indenture that governs the Senior Secured Notes impose significant operating and financial restrictions on us. These restrictions limit our ability, among other things, to:

incur, assume or permit to exist additional indebtedness (including guarantees thereof);
pay dividends or certain other distributions on our capital stock or repurchase our capital stock or prepay subordinated indebtedness;
prepay, redeem or repurchase certain debt;
issue certain preferred stock or similar equity securities;
incur liens on assets;
make certain loans, investments or other restricted payments;
allow to exist certain restrictions on the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to pay dividends or make other payments to us;
engage in transactions with affiliates;
alter the business that we conduct; and
sell certain assets or merge or consolidate with or into other companies.

As a result of these restrictions, we may be:

limited in how we conduct our business;
unable to raise additional debt or equity financing to operate during general economic or business downturns; or
unable to compete effectively or to take advantage of new business opportunities.

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A breach of the covenants under the indenture or the ABL Credit Agreement could result in an event of default under the applicable indebtedness. Such a default, if not cured or waived, may allow creditors to accelerate the related debt and may result in the acceleration of any other debt that is subject to an applicable cross-acceleration or cross-default provision. In addition, an event of default under the ABL Credit Agreement would permit the lenders thereunder to terminate all commitments to extend further credit under that Agreement. Furthermore, if we were unable to repay the amounts due and payable under the ABL Credit Agreement, those lenders could proceed against the collateral securing such indebtedness. In the event our lenders or holders of the Senior Secured Notes accelerate the repayment of our borrowings, we and our subsidiaries may not have sufficient assets to repay that indebtedness.

Our ability to continue to have the necessary liquidity to operate our business may be adversely impacted by a number of factors, including uncertain conditions in the credit and financial markets, which could limit the availability and increase the cost of financing. A deterioration of our results of operations and cash flow resulting from decreases in consumer spending, could, among other things, impact our ability to comply with financial covenants in the ABL Credit Agreement.

Our historical sources of liquidity to fund ongoing cash requirements include cash flows from operations, cash and cash equivalents, borrowings through our credit facility and equity offerings. The sufficiency and availability of credit may be adversely affected by a variety of factors, including, without limitation, the tightening of the credit markets, including lending by financial institutions who are sources of credit for our borrowing and liquidity; an increase in the cost of capital; the reduced availability of credit; our ability to execute our strategy; the level of our cash flows, which will be impacted by retailer and consumer acceptance of our products and the level of consumer discretionary spending; maintenance of financial covenants included in our ABL Credit Agreement and interest rate fluctuations.

Interest rates increased in fiscal 2024 and while interest rates many not increase further in fiscal 2025, it is unclear whether the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates or maintain the current high rates in fiscal 2025. We cannot predict the future level of interest rates or the effect of interest rates on the availability or aggregate cost of our borrowings. Higher interest rates increase the cost of our borrowings under our revolving credit facility, may increase economic uncertainty and may negatively affect consumer spending. Volatility in interest rates may adversely affect our business or our customers. If interest rates continue to increase or are maintained at their current high level, our capacity to obtain necessary liquidity may be negatively impacted.  We cannot be certain that any additional required financing, whether debt or equity, will be available in amounts needed or on terms acceptable to us, if at all.

As of January 31, 2024, we were in compliance with the financial covenants in our credit facility. Compliance with these financial covenants is dependent on the results of our operations, which are subject to a number of factors including current economic conditions. The economic environment has at times resulted in lower consumer confidence and lower retail sales. Adverse developments in the economy could lead to reduced consumer spending which could adversely impact our net sales and cash flow, which could affect our compliance with our financial covenants. A violation of our covenants could limit access to our credit facilities. Should such restrictions on our credit facilities and these factors occur, they could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

We may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness, including under the Senior Secured Notes or the ABL Credit Agreement, and may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our indebtedness, which may not be successful.

Our ability to make scheduled payments on or to refinance our debt obligations depends on our financial condition and operating performance, which is subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business and other factors beyond our control. We cannot assure you that we will maintain a level of cash flows from operating activities sufficient to permit us to pay the principal, premium, if any, and interest on our indebtedness, including under the Senior Secured Notes or the ABL Credit Agreement.

If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations, we may be forced to reduce or delay investments and capital expenditures, or to sell assets, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness. These alternative measures may not be successful and may not permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations. If our operating results and available cash are insufficient to meet our debt service obligations, we could face

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substantial liquidity problems and might be required to dispose of material assets or operations to meet our debt service and other obligations. We may not be able to consummate those dispositions or to obtain the proceeds that we could realize from them, and these proceeds may not be adequate to meet any debt service obligations then due. Any future refinancing of our indebtedness could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants which could further restrict our business operations. Additionally, the ABL Credit Agreement and the indenture that will govern the Senior Secured Notes will limit the use of the proceeds from any disposition of our assets. As a result, the ABL Credit Agreement and the indenture may prevent us from using the proceeds from such dispositions to satisfy our debt service obligations.

Our variable rate indebtedness subjects us to interest rate risk, which could cause our indebtedness service obligations to increase significantly.

The borrowings under the ABL Credit Agreement will be at variable rates of interest and expose us to interest rate risk. Interest rates increased in fiscal 2024 and while interest rates may not increase further in fiscal 2025, it is unclear whether the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates or maintain the current high rates in fiscal 2025. As a result, our debt service obligations on our variable rate indebtedness increased. Our net income and cash flows, including cash available for servicing our indebtedness decreased due to the increase in our debt service obligations. Assuming all revolving loans were fully drawn under the ABL Credit Agreement, each one percentage point change in interest rates would result in a $6.5 million change in annual cash interest expense under the ABL Credit Agreement.

Financing extended to us under the ABL Credit Agreement was made at variable rates that use LIBOR or an alternate base rate (as determined by that Agreement) as a benchmark for establishing the interest rate. In April 2023, the Company amended the ABL Credit Agreement to replace LIBOR with the Adjusted Term Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) as a successor rate. Changes in market interest rates may influence our financing costs and could reduce our earnings and cash flows.

We may not be able to repurchase the Senior Secured Notes upon a change of control or pursuant to an asset sale offer.

Upon the occurrence of a change of control, as defined in the indenture that governs the Senior Secured Notes, the holders of the Notes will have the right to require us to offer to purchase all of the Notes then outstanding at a price equal to 101% of their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest. In addition, our future indebtedness may require that such indebtedness be similarly repurchased upon a change of control. In order to obtain sufficient funds to pay the purchase price of the outstanding Notes, we expect that we would have to refinance the Notes. We may not be able to refinance the Notes on reasonable terms, if at all. Our failure to offer to purchase all outstanding Notes or to purchase all validly tendered Notes would be an event of default under the indenture. Such an event of default may cause the acceleration of our other debt. Our other debt also may contain restrictions on repayment requirements with respect to specified events or transactions that constitute a change of control under the indenture.

In addition, in certain circumstances specified in the indenture, we will be required to commence an asset sale offer, as defined in the indenture, pursuant to which we will be obligated to purchase certain Notes at a price equal to 100% of their principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest with the proceeds we receive from certain asset sales. Our other debt may contain restrictions that would limit or prohibit us from completing any such asset sale offer. In particular, the ABL Credit Agreement contains provisions that require us, upon the sale of certain assets, to apply all of the proceeds from such asset sale to the prepayment of amounts due under that Agreement. The mandatory prepayment obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement will be effectively senior to our obligations to make an asset sale offer with respect to the Notes under the terms of the indenture.

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Our credit rating and ability to access well-functioning capital markets are important to our ability to secure future debt financing on acceptable terms. Our credit ratings may not reflect all risks associated with the Senior Secured Notes or our other indebtedness.

Our access to the debt markets and the terms of such access depend on multiple factors including the condition of the debt capital markets, our operating performance and our credit ratings. These ratings are based on a number of factors including their assessment of our financial strength and financial policies. Our borrowing costs will be dependent to some extent on the rating assigned to our debt. However, there can be no assurance that any particular rating assigned to us will remain in effect for any given period of time or that a rating will not be changed or withdrawn by a rating agency if, in that rating agency’s judgment, future circumstances relating to the basis of the rating so warrant. Incurrence of additional debt by us could adversely affect our credit rating. Any disruptions or turmoil in the capital markets or any downgrade of our credit rating could adversely affect our cost of funds, liquidity, competitive position and access to capital markets, which could materially and adversely affect our business operations, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, downgrading the credit rating of our debt securities or placing us on a watch list for possible future downgrading would likely have an adverse effect on the market price of our Common Stock.

ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.

None.

ITEM 1C.    CYBERSECURITY.

Risk Management and Strategy

We have programs for assessing, identifying, and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats through the use of a suite of various security programs and tools including, but not limited to, Managed Security Service Provider and Extended Detection and Response monitoring and alerts, internal reporting mechanisms, monitoring tools, detection tools and continuous training. Our information security program undergoes regular evaluations, internal audits and various exercises, including tabletop, penetration, vulnerability testing and simulations. The findings from these activities, including identified security gaps, are integrated into our risk remediation process and subsequently updated across our suite of security tools and applications. Additionally, we conduct annual Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliance reviews and third-party penetration testing.

Our global cybersecurity team consists of multidisciplinary Information Technology (“IT”) resources from key areas and locales led by our Global Director of Cybersecurity. They are primarily responsible for delivering comprehensive reporting to executive management and auditors, addressing a wide array of cybersecurity threats, assessments, findings and future direction and strategy.

Continuous endpoint monitoring is ensured through collaboration with a third-party cybersecurity firm. Rapid response protocols are in place for high or critical severity incidents, involving isolation, segmentation and forensic examination by our cybersecurity team. In addition, we have engaged a dedicated third-party threat hunter to assist in identifying Indicators of Compromise.

Our Global Director of Cybersecurity leads a quarterly cybersecurity governance meeting, comprising of all IT teams from our subsidiaries. This meeting serves as a platform to review and discuss ongoing and upcoming security projects, compliance, and regulations.

We conduct a comprehensive annual tabletop exercise facilitated by an external cybersecurity specialist. This exercise involves simulating various attack vectors, utilizing our incident response plans and procedures to respond effectively, prevent, block, and remediate potential threats. This exercise also includes preparing for other related potential impacts to the Company, such as business interruptions, business continuity plans, backup strategies, data protection policies and compliance, incident response, third-party forensic and legal assistance, as well as consideration of regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, PCI and other cybersecurity regulations. This tabletop exercise is attended by members from all

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subsidiaries, including IT management teams as well as finance, legal, insurance, and operations management teams. We believe our holistic approach ensures we are well-prepared and coordinated to handle a range of cybersecurity scenarios.

Our annual testing, which is conducted by an industry-leading third-party cybersecurity firm, encompasses external and internal penetration tests, Wi-Fi tests, social engineering and physical access testing for all subsidiaries.  We also use a vulnerability management platform to provide comprehensive visibility and tracking of assets to aid us in systematically identifying, measuring and prioritizing cybersecurity and technology risks. We require employees with access to information systems, including all corporate employees, to undertake data protection and cybersecurity training and compliance programs annually.

Our third-party information technology vendors are assessed by independent auditors for compliance with System and Organization Controls (“SOC”) 1 and SOC 2. Access to our networks for third-party vendors is limited exclusively to the application related to the services for which they are engaged to provide. We routinely conduct external risk analyses by employing third-party rating tools to assess our vendors, quantifying and prioritizing identified risks based on the number and severity of vulnerabilities. Subsequently, we communicate these risks to our vendors proactively, seeking their collaboration in remediation efforts.

We annually purchase cybersecurity risk insurance policies that would help defray the costs associated with a covered cybersecurity incident if it occurred.

Governance

Our board of directors maintains comprehensive oversight of company-wide risk assessment by conducting in-depth analysis of key risks related to information security, technology and cybersecurity threats. The audit committee of our board of directors oversees, among other things, the adequacy and effectiveness of our internal controls, including internal controls designed to assess, identify, and manage material risks from cybersecurity threats. The audit committee receives quarterly reports on cybersecurity matters, including material risks and threats, from our Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) and our cybersecurity team. In the event of a cybersecurity incident, our Global Director of Cybersecurity or senior Information Technology management will notify our Disclosure Committee in accordance with the escalation criteria set forth by our incident response plan and related processes. Security incidents and events are classified based on severity (Critical, High, Medium), impact, and nature, as outlined in the Incident Response Plan. This classification system assists the cybersecurity team in prioritizing responses, allocating resources efficiently, and effectively managing risks.

Our Disclosure Committee is comprised of, among others, our Chief Financial Officer, Chief Growth and Operations Officer, CIO, Senior Vice President of Finance, Executive Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasurer, Senior Vice President of Legal Counsel, Vice President of Legal Counsel, and the most senior members of the financial reporting, internal audit, financial planning and analysis, and tax functions.

Our CIO has over 28 years of experience leading our technology operations and a total of over 40 years of experience in information technology experience in the banking and fashion apparel industries. Our Global Director of Cybersecurity has over 20 years of experience in information technology, including a dedicated focus of more than 6 years in cybersecurity, risk management and compliance and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (“CISSP”) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (“CEH”). Additionally, our Global Director of Cybersecurity currently serves in the role of a governing body member for the New York Evanta CISO community.  

As of the date of this Form 10-K, we are not aware of any cybersecurity incidents that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect us, including our business strategy, results of operations, or financial condition and that are required to be reported in this Form 10-K. For further discussion of the risks associated with cybersecurity incidents, see our “Risks Related to Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and Information Technology” contained in Item 1A - Risk Factors of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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ITEM 2.     PROPERTIES.

The offices, sales showrooms, distribution centers and warehouses that are material to us, all of which are leased, consist of:

Location

Property Type

Lease Expiration

Renewal Option

Square Footage

500 and 512 Seventh Avenue, New York City

Corporate Office and showrooms

March 2023 through March 2028

5-year

313,000

231 West 39th Street, New York City

Corporate Office and showrooms

June 2034

-

22,000

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Distribution center

December 2028

5-year

583,000

South Brunswick, New Jersey

Distribution center

January 2025

-

305,000

The leases for a large portion of our corporate office and showrooms located at 500 and 512 Seventh Avenue, New York City expired in March and December 2023. We are currently engaged in discussions with the landlord with respect to the renewal of these leases.

Retail Stores

As of January 31, 2024, we operated 104 Vilebrequin retail stores, 53 DKNY and Karl Lagerfeld Paris stores, 70 Karl Lagerfeld stores and 3 Sonia Rykiel stores. In addition, we operated 16 DKNY stores in China that are operated by a 75% owned subsidiary.

Most leases for retail stores in the United States require us to pay annual minimum rent plus a contingent rent dependent on the store’s annual sales in excess of a specified threshold. In addition, the leases generally require us to pay costs such as real estate taxes and common area maintenance costs. Retail store leases are typically between three and ten years in duration. Recently, store leases have been for shorter durations with an option to terminate if certain sales levels are not met.

Our leases expire at varying dates through 2037. Vilebrequin has 58 stores located in Europe, 22 stores located in the United States, 11 stores located in Asia, 10 stores located in Mexico and 3 stores in the Caribbean. DKNY has 14 stores located in the United States and 4 stores located in Europe. In addition, DKNY has 16 stores located in Asia operated by Fabco. Karl Lagerfeld Paris has 32 stores located in the United States and 3 store located in Canada. Sonia Rykiel has 3 stores located in Europe. Karl Lagerfeld has 70 stores located in Europe.

The following table indicates the periods during which our retail leases expire:

Number of

Fiscal Year Ending January 31,

    

Stores

2025

64

2026

53

2027

25

2028

19

2029 and thereafter

85

Total

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ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

In the ordinary course of our business, we are subject to periodic claims, investigations and lawsuits. Although we cannot predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of claims, investigations and lawsuits, asserted against us, we do not believe that any currently pending legal proceeding or proceedings to which we are a party will have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

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ITEM 4.    MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not applicable.

PART II

ITEM 5.    MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

Market For Common Stock

The Nasdaq Global Select Market is the principal United States trading market for our common stock. Our common stock is traded under the symbol “GIII”.

On March 21, 2024, there were 16 holders of record and, we believe, approximately 21,300 beneficial owners of our common stock.

Dividend Policy

Our Board of Directors (the “Board”) currently intends to follow a policy of retaining any earnings to finance the growth and development of our business. Any future determination as to the payment of cash dividends will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The following table sets forth the repurchases of shares of our common stock during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024:

Date Purchased

Total Number of Shares Purchased (1) (2)

Average Price Paid Per Share (1)

Total Number of Share Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Program (2)

Maximum Number of Shares that may yet be Purchased Under the Program (2)

November 1 - November 30, 2023

$

10,000,000

December 1 - December 31, 2023

1,301

29.17

10,000,000

January 1 - January 31, 2024

10,000,000

1,301

$

29.17

10,000,000

(1)Included in this table are 1,301 shares withheld during December 2023 in connection with the settlement of vested restricted stock units to satisfy tax withholding requirements. Our 2015 Long-Term Incentive Plan provides that shares withheld are valued at the closing price per share on the date withheld.
(2)In August 2023, our Board of Directors reapproved our previously authorized share repurchase program and increased the number of shares remaining under that program from 6,813,851 to 10,000,000 shares. This program has no expiration date. Repurchases under the program may be made from time to time through open market purchases, accelerated share repurchase programs, privately negotiated transactions or other methods, as we deem appropriate.

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Performance Graph

The following Performance Graph and related information shall not be deemed to be “soliciting material” or “filed” with the SEC, nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that we specifically request that it be treated as soliciting material or incorporate it by reference into such filing.

The SEC requires us to present a chart comparing the cumulative total stockholder return on our Common Stock with the cumulative total stockholder return of  (i) a broad equity market index and (ii) a published industry index or peer group. This chart compares the Common Stock with (i) the S&P 500 Composite Index and (ii) the S&P 500 Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods Index, and assumes an investment of $100 on January 31, 2019 in each of the Common Stock, the stocks comprising the S&P 500 Composite Index and the stocks comprising the S&P 500 Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods Index.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.

Comparison of Cumulative Total Return

(January 31, 2019 — January 31, 2024)

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ITEM 6.    [Reserved]

Not applicable.

ITEM 7.     MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATION.

Unless the context otherwise requires, “G-III,” “us,” “we” and “our” refer to G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. and its subsidiaries. References to fiscal years refer to the year ended or ending on January 31 of that year. For example, our fiscal year ended January 31, 2024 is referred to as “fiscal 2024.”

We consolidate the accounts of all of our wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries. Karl Lagerfeld Holding B.V. (“KLH”) is a Dutch limited liability company that was 19% owned by us through May 30, 2022 and was accounted for during that time using the equity method of accounting. Effective May 31, 2022, we acquired the remaining 81% interest in KLH that we did not previously own and, as a result, KLH began being treated as a consolidated wholly-owned subsidiary. KL North America B.V. (“KLNA”) is a Dutch joint venture limited liability that was 49% owned by us and 51% indirectly owned by KLH through May 30, 2022 and was accounted for during that time using the equity method of accounting. KLNA operates the Karl Lagerfeld business in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Effective May 31, 2022, KLNA became an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of us as a result of our acquisition of the remaining 81% interest in KLH we did not previously own. All material intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated. The results of KLH are included in our consolidated financial statements beginning May 31, 2022.

Each of Vilebrequin International SA (“Vilebrequin”), a Swiss corporation that is wholly-owned by us, KLH, Fabco Holding B.V. (“Fabco”) and Sonia Rykiel report results on a calendar year basis rather than on the January 31 fiscal year basis used by G-III. Accordingly, the results of Vilebrequin, KLH, Fabco and Sonia Rykiel are and will be included in our financial statements for the year ended or ending closest to G-III’s fiscal year. For example, for G-III’s fiscal year ended January 31, 2024, the results of Vilebrequin, KLH, Fabco and Sonia Rykiel are included for the year ended December 31, 2023. For the year ended January 31, 2023, the results of KLH, which includes KLNA, are included for the period from May 31, 2022 through December 31, 2022. The results of our previous 49% ownership interest in KLNA and 19% ownership interest in KLH are included for the period from January 1, 2022 through May 30, 2022. Our retail operations segment uses a 52/53-week fiscal year. The Company’s year ended January 31, 2024 was a 53-week fiscal year for the retail operations segment. The Company’s year ended January 31, 2023 was a 52-week fiscal year for the retail operations segment. For fiscal 2024 and 2023, the retail operations segment ended on February 3, 2024 and January 28, 2023, respectively.

The following presentation of management’s discussion and analysis of our consolidated financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our financial statements, the accompanying notes and other financial information appearing elsewhere in this Report.

A discussion with respect to a comparison of the results of operations of fiscal 2023 compared to the fiscal year ended January 31, 2022 (“fiscal 2022”), other financial information related to fiscal 2022 and information with respect to Liquidity and Capital Resources at January 31, 2022 and for fiscal 2022 is contained under the headings “Results of Operations” and “Liquidity and Capital Resources” in Item 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023.

Overview

G-III designs, sources and markets an extensive range of apparel, including outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women’s suits and women’s performance wear, as well as women’s handbags, footwear, small leather goods, cold weather accessories and luggage. G-III has a substantial portfolio of more than 30 licensed and proprietary brands, anchored by our key brands: DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Nautica and Halston, as well as other major brands that currently drive our business, including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. We distribute our products through multiple channels and in markets located in a variety of geographies.

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Our own proprietary brands include DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Eliza J, Jessica Howard, Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel. We have an extensive portfolio of well-known licensed brands, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Halston, Levi’s, Guess?, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Vince Camuto, Dockers and Champion. Through our team sports business, we have licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League and over 150 U.S. colleges and universities. We also source and sell products to major retailers for their own private label programs.

Our products are sold through a cross section of leading retailers such as Macy’s, including its Bloomingdale’s division, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay Company, including its Saks Fifth Avenue division, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, TJX Companies, Ross Stores, Burlington and Costco. We also sell our products using digital channels through retail partners such as macys.com, nordstrom.com and dillards.com, each of which operates significant digital businesses. In addition, we sell to leading online retail partners such as Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos.

We also distribute apparel and other products directly to consumers through our own DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Vilebrequin retail stores, as well as through our digital sites for our DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Vilebrequin, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc, Wilsons Leather and Sonia Rykiel brands.

We operate in fashion markets that are intensely competitive. Our ability to continuously evaluate and respond to changing consumer demands and tastes, across multiple market segments, distribution channels and geographic areas is critical to our success. Although our portfolio of brands is aimed at diversifying our risks in this regard, misjudging shifts in consumer preferences could have a negative effect on our business. Our continued success depends on our ability to design products that are accepted in the marketplace, source the manufacture of our products on a competitive basis, and continue to diversify our product portfolio and the markets we serve.

We believe that consumers prefer to buy brands they know, and we have continually sought to increase the portfolio of name brands we can offer through different tiers of retail distribution, for a wide array of products at a variety of price points. We have increased the portfolio of brands we offer through licenses, acquisitions and joint ventures. It is our objective to continue to expand our product offerings and we are continually discussing new licensing opportunities with brand owners and seeking to acquire established brands.

Recent Developments

Repositioning and Expansion of Donna Karan

We acquired the DKNY and Donna Karan brands, two of the most iconic American fashion brands, in December 2016. We initially repositioned and relaunched DKNY and we have successfully grown the brand. We are now focused on the repositioning and expansion of the Donna Karan brand for Spring 2024. The new Donna Karan will be a modern system of dressing created to appeal to a woman’s senses on every level, addressing her lifestyle needs. Our Donna Karan product is currently being distributed in the United States through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores, digital channels and our own Donna Karan website. Donna Karan is widely considered to be a top fashion brand and is recognized as one of the most famous designer names in American fashion. We believe that the strength of the Donna Karan brand, along with our success with the DKNY brand, demonstrates the potential for our new Donna Karan products.

License Agreement for Nautica Brand

In March 2023, we entered into a long-term license with Authentic Brands Group for the Nautica brand in North America.

We plan to produce products under the Nautica brand across a number of categories starting with a full women’s jeanswear collection and then expanding in a phased approach into additional categories including sportswear, suit separates and dresses. The new five-year license agreement, effective as of January 2024, includes three extensions, for five years each. First deliveries began in January 2024. The product is expected to be distributed in North America through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores, digital channels and Nautica’s stores and website, as well as in

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franchised stores globally. We believe that significant opportunity exists in the better women’s apparel space in categories where we have strong expertise.

License Agreement for Halston Brand

In May 2023, we entered into a global twenty-five year master license with Xcel Brands, Inc. to design and produce all categories of men’s and women’s product for the Halston brand.

The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, followed by a twenty-year period, with G-III having the right to terminate every five years. We also have a purchase option for the Halston brand at the end of the twenty-five year term. First deliveries of Halston product are expected to begin in July 2024. Our Halston product is expected to be distributed globally through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores and digital channels. We believe that significant opportunity exists in the better women’s apparel space where G-III has significant expertise.

License Agreement for Champion Brand

In September 2023, we entered into a license with HanesBrands Inc. to design and produce a men’s and women’s outerwear collection for their Champion brand in North America.

The agreement provides for an initial term of five years, effective as of January 2024, with a five year renewal option based on achieving certain sales targets. First deliveries of Champion product are expected for the Fall 2024 season. Our Champion product is expected to be distributed in North America through our diversified distribution network, including better department stores and digital channels. Our collections will feature quality heritage pieces that complement and enhance Champion’s principles. We believe this license aligns with G-III’s core competencies in outerwear and will fit seamlessly into our well-developed outerwear business.

Segments

We report based on two segments: wholesale operations and retail operations.

Our wholesale operations segment includes sales of products to retailers under owned, licensed and private label brands, as well as sales related to the Karl Lagerfeld and Vilebrequin businesses, including from retail stores operated by Vilebrequin and Karl Lagerfeld, other than sales of product under the Karl Lagerfeld Paris brand generated by our retail stores and digital sites. Wholesale revenues also include revenues from license agreements related to our owned trademarks including DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, G.H. Bass, Andrew Marc, Vilebrequin and Sonia Rykiel.

Our retail operations segment consists primarily of direct sales to consumers through our company-operated stores and product sales through our digital sites for the DKNY, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, G.H. Bass and Wilsons Leather brands. Our company-operated stores primarily consist of DKNY and Karl Lagerfeld Paris retail stores, substantially all of which are operated as outlet stores.

Trends Affecting Our Business

Industry Trends

Significant trends that affect the apparel industry include retail chains closing unprofitable stores, an increased focus by retail chains and others on expanding digital sales and providing convenience-driven fulfillment options, the continued consolidation of retail chains and the desire on the part of retailers to consolidate vendors supplying them.

In addition, we sell our products online through retail partners such as macys.com, nordstrom.com and dillards.com, each of which has a substantial online business. As sales of apparel through digital channels continue to increase, we are developing additional digital marketing initiatives on both our web sites and third party web sites and through social media. We are investing in digital personnel, marketing, logistics, planning, distribution and other strategic opportunities to expand our digital footprint. Our digital business consists of our own web platforms at www.dkny.com,

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www.donnakaran.com, www.ghbass.com, www.vilebrequin.com, www.wilsonsleather.com, www.soniarykiel.com, www.karllagerfeldparis.com and www.karl.com. In addition, we sell to leading online retail partners such as Amazon, Fanatics, Zalando and Zappos.

A number of retailers have experienced financial difficulties, which in some cases have resulted in bankruptcies, liquidations and/or store closings. The financial difficulties of a retail customer of ours could result in reduced business with that customer. We may also assume higher credit risk relating to receivables of a retail customer experiencing financial difficulty that could result in higher reserves for doubtful accounts or increased write-offs of accounts receivable. We attempt to mitigate credit risk from our customers by closely monitoring accounts receivable balances and shipping levels, as well as the ongoing financial performance and credit standing of customers.

Retailers are seeking to differentiate their offerings by devoting more resources to the development of exclusive products, whether by focusing on their own private label products or on products produced exclusively for a retailer by a national brand manufacturer. Exclusive brands are only made available to a specific retailer. As a result, customers loyal to their brands can only find them in the stores of that retailer.

We have attempted to respond to general trends in our industry by continuing to focus on selling products with recognized brand equity, by attention to design, quality and value and by improving our sourcing capabilities. We have also responded with the strategic acquisitions made by us, such as our purchase of the interests not previously owned by us that resulted in Karl Lagerfeld becoming our wholly-owned subsidiary, and new license agreements entered into by us, such as our recent license agreements for the Nautica, Halston and Champion brands, that added to our portfolio of licensed and proprietary brands and helped diversify our business by adding new product lines and expanding distribution channels. We believe that our broad distribution capabilities help us to respond to the various shifts by consumers between distribution channels and that our operational capabilities will enable us to continue to be a vendor of choice for our retail partners.

Tax Laws and Regulations

In December 2022, the Council of the European Union (“EU”) announced that EU member states reached an agreement to implement the minimum tax component of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s international tax reform initiative, known as Pillar Two.  The Pillar Two Model Rules provide for a global minimum tax of 15% for multinational enterprise groups, and is expected to be effective for our fiscal year ending January 31, 2025. While we do not expect these rules to have a material impact on our effective tax rate or financial results, we will continue to monitor evolving tax legislation in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

 

Inflation and Interest Rates

Inflationary pressures have impacted the entire economy, including our industry. In fiscal 2023, high rates of inflation, including increased fuel and food prices, have led to a softening of consumer demand and increased promotional activity in the apparel categories we sell, which continued into fiscal 2024. Ongoing inflation may lead to further challenges to increase our sales and may also negatively impact our cost structure and labor costs in the future. We expect inflationary pressures to lessen in fiscal 2025.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates several times in fiscal 2024 in response to concerns about inflation. It is unclear whether the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates or maintain the current high rates in fiscal 2025. Higher interest rates increase the cost of our borrowing under our revolving credit facility, may increase economic uncertainty and may negatively affect consumer spending. Volatility in interest rates may adversely affect our business or our customers. If the equity and credit markets deteriorate, it may make any necessary debt or equity financing more difficult to obtain in a timely manner or on favorable terms, or at all.

Foreign currency fluctuation

Our consolidated operations are impacted by the relationships between our reporting currency, the U.S. Dollar, and those of our non-United States subsidiaries whose functional/local currency is other than the U.S. Dollar, primarily the Euro.

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Volatility in the global foreign currency exchange rates may have a negative impact on the reported results of certain of our non-United States subsidiaries in the future, when translated to the U.S. Dollar.

Supply Chain

In fiscal 2022 and 2023, there were numerous factors disrupting the shipping industry that negatively affected transit times from our overseas suppliers, as well as our ability to ensure that we were able to import our product in a manner that allows for timely delivery to our customers.

More recently, shipping costs and transit times have returned to levels comparable to, and in some cases lower than, pre-pandemic time periods. We continue to monitor the transportation market for circumstances that may cause delays and negatively impact our ability to deliver product to our retail partners in a timely manner.

As a result of supply chain disruptions, in fiscal 2023, we accelerated production schedules to allow for more lead time and to accommodate the anticipated extended transit times from our overseas suppliers in an effort to import our product in a manner that allows for timely delivery to our customers. As a result, our inventory levels were higher than usual in fiscal 2023.

Elevated inventory levels and disruptions in the shipping industry contributed to us incurring significant demurrage charges in fiscal 2023. We implemented measures to ensure that we did not incur these charges in our current fiscal year, including reducing product buys to account for current inventory levels and adjusting our production schedules to receive inventory closer to the need for delivery. We experienced inventory levels that were higher than normal through the first half of fiscal 2024. As a result, our warehouse operations were less efficient and we continued to incur additional labor and storage costs related to our inventory in the first half of fiscal 2024. Our inventory levels returned to a more normalized level in the second half of fiscal 2024. Our warehouse capacity has been, and we expect it to continue to be, sufficient for our needs which is expected to bring these costs in line with historical norms. As a result, our warehousing and distribution costs have been reduced for the second half of fiscal 2024.

In fiscal 2024, the Panama Canal experienced severe drought conditions which forced the canal to reduce the number of vessels transiting through it on a daily basis by approximately one-third. In addition, conflicts in the Middle East have caused major disruptions to global supply chains by impacting critical shipping routes through the Suez Canal and Red Sea for cargo, adding time and cost to shipments. Transit times have increased to destinations on the east coast of the United States and Europe, however, these delays have not currently resulted in a significant loss of customer sales to us. In fiscal 2024, we did not experience significant increases in transportation costs to North America, but did experience increased transportation costs in Europe. We anticipate moderate increases in our shipping costs in fiscal 2025.

We continue to monitor supply chain challenges and coordinate with our partners to divert or adjust routes accordingly to ensure delivery of our product.

International Conflicts

We are monitoring the direct and indirect impacts from the military conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and between Israel and Hamas, as well as other confrontations in the Middle East related to the Israel and Hamas conflict. These international conflicts and the continued threat of terrorism, heightened security measures and military action in response to acts of terrorism or civil unrest have disrupted commerce and intensified concerns regarding the United States and world economies. Our sales in Russia, Ukraine and Israel are not material to our financial results. However, the imposition of additional sanctions by the United States and/or foreign governments, as well as the sanctions already in place, could lead to restrictions related to sales and our supply chain for which the financial impact is uncertain. In addition, the continuation or escalation of these international conflicts, including the potential for additional countries to declare war against each other, may lead to further, broader unfavorable macroeconomic conditions, including unfavorable foreign exchange rates, increases in fuel prices, food shortages, a weakening of the worldwide economy, lower consumer demand and volatility in financial markets. The possible effects of these international conflicts could have a material adverse effect on our business and our results of operations.

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Critical Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Significant accounting policies employed by us, including the use of estimates, are presented in the notes to our consolidated financial statements.

Critical accounting policies are those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and our results of operations, and require management’s most difficult, subjective and complex judgments, as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. Our most critical accounting estimates, discussed below, pertain to revenue recognition, accounts receivable, inventories, income taxes, goodwill and intangible assets, impairment of long-lived assets and equity awards. In determining these estimates, management must use amounts that are based upon its informed judgments and best estimates. We continually evaluate our estimates, including those related to customer allowances and discounts, product returns, bad debts and inventories, and carrying values of intangible assets. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances. The results of these estimates form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions and conditions.

Revenue Recognition

We recognize revenue in accordance with Accounting Standard Codification (“ASC”) Topic 606 – Revenue From Contracts With Customers (“ASC 606”). Under ASC 606, wholesale revenue is recognized when control transfers to the customer. We consider control to have been transferred when we have transferred physical possession of the product, we have a right to payment for the product, the customer has legal title to the product and the customer has the significant risks and rewards of the product. Wholesale revenues are adjusted by variable considerations arising from implicit or explicit obligations. Variable consideration includes trade discounts, end of season markdowns, sales allowances, cooperative advertising, return liabilities and other customer allowances. We estimate the anticipated variable consideration and record this estimate as a reduction of revenue in the period the related product revenue is recognized.

Variable consideration is estimated based on historical experience, current contractual and statutory requirements, specific known events and industry trends. The reserves for variable consideration are recorded under customer refund liabilities. Historical return rates are calculated on a product line basis. The remainder of the historical rates for variable consideration are calculated by customer by product lines.

We recognize retail sales when the customer takes possession of the goods and tenders payment, generally at the point of sale. Digital revenues from customers through our digital platforms are recognized when the customer takes possession of the goods. Our sales are recorded net of applicable sales taxes.

Both wholesale revenues and retail store revenues are shown net of returns, discounts and other allowances. We classify cooperative advertising as a reduction of net sales.

Accounts Receivable

In the normal course of business, we extend credit to our wholesale customers based on pre-defined credit criteria. Accounts receivable, as shown on our consolidated balance sheet, are net of an allowance for doubtful accounts. In circumstances where we are aware of a specific customer’s inability to meet its financial obligation (such as in the case of bankruptcy filings, extensive delay in payment or substantial downgrading by credit sources), a specific reserve for bad debts is recorded against amounts due to reduce the net recognized receivable to the amount reasonably expected to be collected. For all other wholesale customers, an allowance for doubtful accounts is determined through analysis of the aging of accounts receivable at the date of the financial statements, assessments of collectability based on historical trends and an evaluation of the impact of economic conditions.

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trade receivables result from credit we extend to our wholesale customers based on pre-defined criteria and are generally due within 30 to 60 days. Retail trade receivables primarily relate to amounts due from third-party credit card processors for the settlement of debit and credit card transactions and are typically collected within 3 to 5 days.

Inventories

Wholesale inventories and Karl Lagerfeld inventories are stated at the lower of cost (determined by the first-in, first-out method) or net realizable value, which comprises a significant portion of our inventory. Retail operations segment and Vilebrequin inventories are stated at the lower of cost (determined by the weighted average method) or net realizable value.

We continually evaluate the composition of our inventories, assessing slow-turning, ongoing product as well as fashion product from prior seasons. The net realizable value of distressed inventory is based on historical sales trends of our individual product lines, the impact of market trends and economic conditions, expected permanent retail markdowns and the value of current orders for this type of inventory. A provision is recorded to reduce the cost of inventories to the estimated net realizable values, if required.

Income Taxes

As part of the process of preparing our consolidated financial statements, we are required to estimate our income taxes in each of the jurisdictions in which we operate. This process involves estimating our actual current tax expense, together with assessing temporary differences resulting from differing treatment of items for tax and accounting purposes. These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included within our consolidated balance sheet.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

ASC Topic 350 – Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (“ASC 350”) requires that goodwill and intangible assets with an indefinite life be tested for impairment at least annually and are required to be written down when impaired. We perform our test in the fourth fiscal quarter of each year, or more frequently, if events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying amount of such assets may be impaired. Goodwill and intangible assets with an indefinite life are tested for impairment by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit with its carrying value. We have identified two reporting units, which are wholesale operations and retail operations. Fair value is generally determined using discounted cash flows, market multiples and market capitalization. Significant estimates used in the fair value methodologies include estimates of future cash flows, future short-term and long-term growth rates, weighted average cost of capital and estimates of market multiples of the reportable unit. If these estimates or their related assumptions change in the future, we may be required to record impairment charges for intangible assets with an indefinite life and any future goodwill.

We perform our annual test for goodwill as of January 31 of each year. The process of evaluating the potential impairment of goodwill is subjective and requires significant judgment at many points during the analysis. The evaluation consists of either using a qualitative approach to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of the assets is less than their respective carrying values or a quantitative impairment test, if necessary. In performing a qualitative evaluation, we consider many factors in evaluating whether the carrying value of goodwill may not be recoverable, including declines in our stock price and market capitalization in relation to our book value and macroeconomic conditions affecting our business. In performing a quantitative evaluation, our first step in the goodwill impairment review is to compare the fair value of the wholesale operations reporting unit to our carrying value. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds our carrying value, goodwill is not impaired and no further testing is required.  To estimate the fair value of a reporting unit for the purposes of our annual or periodic analyses, we make estimates and judgments about the future cash flows of that reporting unit. Although our cash flow forecasts are based on assumptions that are consistent with our plans and estimates we are using to manage the underlying businesses, there is significant exercise of judgment involved in determining the cash flows attributable to a reporting unit. In addition, we make certain judgments about allocating shared assets to the estimated balance sheets of our reporting units. We also consider our and our competitor’s market capitalization on the date we perform the analysis. Changes in judgment on these assumptions and estimates could result in a goodwill impairment charge.

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We also perform our annual test for intangible assets with indefinite lives as of January 31 of each year using a qualitative evaluation or a quantitative test using a relief from royalty method, another form of the income approach. The relief from royalty method requires assumptions regarding industry economic factors and future profitability. Critical estimates in valuing intangible assets include future expected cash flows from license agreements, trade names and customer relationships. In addition, other factors considered are the brand awareness and market position of the products sold by the acquired companies and assumptions about the period of time the brand will continue to be used in the combined company’s product portfolio. Management’s estimates of fair value are based on assumptions believed to be reasonable, but which are inherently uncertain and unpredictable.

If we did not appropriately allocate these components or we incorrectly estimate the useful lives of these components, our computation of amortization expense may not appropriately reflect the actual impact of these costs over future periods, which may affect our results of operations.

Trademarks having finite lives are amortized over their estimated useful lives and measured for impairment when events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value may be impaired.

We have allocated the purchase price of the companies we acquired to the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities we assumed, based on their estimated fair values. These valuations require management to make significant estimations and assumptions, especially with respect to intangible assets.

The fair values assigned to the identifiable intangible assets acquired were based on assumptions and estimates made by management using unobservable inputs reflecting our own assumptions about the inputs that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability based on the best information available.

Annual Goodwill Impairment Testing

We performed our annual test of our wholesale reporting unit as of January 31, 2023 by electing to bypass the qualitative assessment and proceed directly to the quantitative impairment test using a discounted cash flows method to estimate the fair value of our wholesale reporting unit. We made this election due to the decline in our market capitalization.

The fair value of the wholesale reporting unit for goodwill impairment testing was determined using an income approach and validated using a market approach. The income approach was based on discounted projected future (debt-free) cash flows for the reporting unit. The discount rate applied to these cash flows were based on the weighted average cost of capital for the wholesale reporting unit, which takes market participant assumptions into consideration, inclusive of a Company-specific 7.5% risk premium to account for the additional risk of uncertainly perceived by market participants related to our overall cash flows. Estimated future operating cash flows were discounted at a rate of 17.5% to account for the relative risks of the estimated future cash flows. For the market approach, used to validate the results of the income approach method, we used the guideline company method, which analyzes market multiples of adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for a group of comparable public companies.

As a result of our fiscal 2023 annual impairment test, we recorded a $347.2 million non-cash impairment charge during our fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 to fully impair the carrying value of our goodwill, which was included in asset impairments in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss). This impairment charge was recorded to our wholesale operations segment.

The carrying value of our goodwill was fully impaired in fiscal 2023 as a result of our annual impairment test. There was no new goodwill recognized in fiscal 2024.

Annual Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets Impairment Testing

We performed our annual test of our indefinite-lived trademarks as of January 31, 2024 and January 31, 2023 using a qualitative evaluation or a quantitative impairment test using a relief from royalty method, another form of the income approach. The relief from royalty method requires assumptions regarding industry economic factors and future profitability. Our fiscal 2024 testing determined that the fair value of each of our indefinite-lived intangible assets

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substantially exceeded its carrying value except for our Sonia Rykiel trademark. As a result of our fiscal 2024 annual impairment test, we recorded a $5.9 million non-cash impairment charge during our fourth quarter of fiscal 2024 to partially impair the carrying value of our Sonia Rykiel trademark, which was included in asset impairments in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss). This impairment charge was recorded to our wholesale operations segment.

Our fiscal 2023 testing determined that the fair values of each of our indefinite-lived intangible assets substantially exceeded its carrying value and, therefore, there were no impairments identified as of January 31, 2023 as a result of these tests.

Our indefinite-lived trademark balance is primarily composed of the Donna Karan/DKNY trademarks that were acquired in fiscal 2017 and the Karl Lagerfeld trademark that was acquired in fiscal 2023.

The fair value of our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are considered a Level 3 valuation in the fair value hierarchy.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

All property and equipment and other long-lived assets are reviewed for potential impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset’s carrying value may not be recoverable. If such indicators are present, it is determined whether the sum of the estimated undiscounted future cash flows attributable to such assets are less than the carrying value of the assets. A potential impairment has occurred if projected future undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying value of the assets.

In fiscal 2024, we recorded a $1.3 million impairment charge primarily related to leasehold improvements, furniture, computer hardware and fixtures and operating lease assets at certain DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld and Vilebrequin stores as a result of the performance at these stores.

In fiscal 2023, we recorded a $2.7 million impairment charge primarily related to leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures and operating lease assets at certain DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Vilebrequin stores as a result of the performance at these stores.

Equity Awards

Restricted Stock Units

Restricted stock units (“RSUs”) are time based awards that do not have market or performance conditions and generally either (i) cliff vest after three years or (ii) vest over a three year period.  The grant date fair value for RSUs are based on the quoted market price on the date of grant.  Compensation expense for RSUs are recognized in the consolidated financial statements on a straight-line basis over the service period based on their grant date fair value.

Performance Based Restricted Stock Units

Performance based restricted stock units consist of both performance based restricted stock units (“PRSUs”) and performance stock units (“PSUs”).

PRSUs were granted to executives prior to fiscal 2020 and included (i) market price performance conditions that provide for the award to vest only after the average closing price of the Company’s stock trades above a predetermined market level and (ii) another performance condition that requires the achievement of an operating performance target.  PRSUs generally vest over a two to five year period. For restricted stock units with market conditions, the Company estimates the grant date fair value using a Monte Carlo simulation model. This valuation methodology utilizes the closing price of the Company’s common stock on grant date and several key assumptions, including expected volatility of the Company’s stock price, and risk-free rates of return. This valuation is performed with the assistance of a third party valuation specialist. PRSUs are expensed over the service period under the accelerated attribution method.

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PSUs were granted to executives beginning in fiscal 2020 and vest after a three year performance period during which certain earnings before interest and taxes and return on invested capital performance conditions must be satisfied for vesting to occur. PSUs granted in fiscal 2020 are also subject to a lock up period that prevents the sale, contract to sell or transfer shares for two years subsequent to the date of vesting.  PSUs are expensed over the service period under the accelerated attribution method and based on an estimated percentage of achievement of certain pre-established goals.

Special Performance Stock Units

Special performance stock units (“SPSUs”) were granted to Morris Goldfarb, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in fiscal 2024 in recognition of the significantly reduced annual incentive cash payments that Mr. Goldfarb voluntarily agreed to under the terms of his new employment agreement entered into in August 2023. These SPSUs may be earned if certain stock price, relative Total Shareholder Return target and service conditions are achieved.  These awards may vest from time to time beginning on the third anniversary of the effective date of the award through the fifth anniversary of the effective date of the award. For restricted stock units with market conditions, the Company estimates the grant date fair value using a Monte Carlo simulation model. This valuation methodology utilizes the closing price of the Company’s common stock on grant date and several key assumptions, including expected volatility of the Company’s stock price, and risk-free rates of return. This valuation is performed with the assistance of a third party valuation specialist. SPSUs are expensed over the service period under the accelerated attribution method.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth our operating results both in dollars and as a percentage of our net sales for the fiscal years indicated below:

Year Ended January 31,

    

2024

2023

(In thousands, except for percentage of net sales amounts)

Net sales

$

3,098,242

100.0

%  

$

3,226,728

100.0

%  

Cost of goods sold

1,856,395

59.9

2,125,591

65.9

Gross Profit

1,241,847

40.1

1,101,137

34.1

Selling, general and administrative expenses

924,223

29.8

833,151

25.8

Depreciation and amortization

27,523

0.9

27,762

0.9

Asset impairments

6,758

0.2

349,686

10.8

Operating profit (loss)

283,343

9.2

(109,462)

(3.4)

Other income (loss)

(3,149)

(0.1)

27,894

0.9

Interest and financing charges, net

(39,595)

(1.3)

(56,602)

(1.8)

Income (loss) before income taxes

240,599

7.8

(138,170)

(4.3)

Income tax expense (benefit)

65,859

2.1

(3,788)

(0.1)

Net income (loss)

174,740

5.7

(134,382)

(4.2)

Less: Loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,428)

(1,321)

Net income (loss) attributable to G-III Apparel Group, Ltd.

$

176,168

5.7

%  

$

(133,061)

(4.2)

%  

Year ended January 31, 2024 (“fiscal 2024”) compared to year ended January 31, 2023 (“fiscal 2023”)

Net sales for fiscal 2024 decreased to $3.10 billion from $3.23 billion in the prior year. Net sales of our segments are reported before intercompany eliminations.

Net sales of our wholesale operations segment decreased to $3.01 billion from $3.16 billion in the comparable period last year. This decrease was primarily the result of a decrease in net sales of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger licensed products. This decrease was partially offset by the addition of $118.3 million in net sales due to the inclusion of the results of the acquired Karl Lagerfeld business for all of the current period compared to only seven months in the same period last year.

Net sales of our retail operations segment increased to $148.4 million from $137.2 million in the same period last year. The number of retail stores in our retail operations segment decreased from 59 at January 31, 2023 to 53 at January 31,

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2024. The increase in net sales of our retail operations segment is primarily the result of increased sales at our Karl Lagerfeld Paris stores.

Gross profit was $1.2 billion, or 40.1% of net sales, for fiscal 2024 compared to $1.1 billion, or 34.1% of net sales, last year. The gross profit percentage in our wholesale operations segment was 38.9% for the year ended January 31, 2024 compared to 32.6% for the year ended January 31, 2023. The gross profit percentage in the current year period was positively impacted by lower freight costs in the current year and was negatively impacted in the prior year by $41.6 million in demurrage charges that were incurred. In addition, the acquired Karl Lagerfeld business operates at a higher gross margin percentage than the rest of our wholesale segment and was included in our results for the entire current year and only seven months in the prior year period accounting for an increase of 1.1% in our gross margin percentage. The gross profit percentage in our retail operations segment was 48.1% for the year ended January 31, 2024 compared to 49.9% for the same period last year. The gross profit percentage in our retail operations segment was negatively impacted in the current year by increased promotional activity.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $924.2 million in fiscal 2024 from $833.2 million in fiscal 2023. We recognized an additional $77.6 million of expenses due to the inclusion of the results of the Karl Lagerfeld business for all of fiscal 2024 compared to only seven months in the same period last year. The remainder of the increase in expenses was primarily due to an increase of $40.2 million in compensation expenses, primarily from an increase in salaries and bonus expense accruals. Bonus expense accruals increased as a result of the improved profitability in the current year. This increase was partially offset by decreases of $19.3 million in advertising expenses primarily caused by reduced royalty advertising which decreased due to lower net sales of licensed product and $15.6 million in third-party warehouse and facility expenses associated with carrying lower levels of inventory.

In fiscal 2024, we recorded $6.8 million of asset impairments. This charge is primarily comprised of (i) a $5.9 million impairment charge related to our Sonia Rykiel trademark and (ii) a $1.3 million impairment charge related to leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures, computer hardware and operating lease assets at certain DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld and Vilebrequin stores as a result of the performance at these stores. The annual test of our trademarks resulted in an impairment of the trademark based upon our most recent forecasted results and was impacted by higher interest rates. In fiscal 2023, we recorded $349.7 million of asset impairments. This charge is primarily comprised of (i) a $347.2 million goodwill impairment charge as a result of our decline in our stock price and (ii) a $2.7 million impairment charge related to leasehold improvements, furniture and fixtures and operating lease assets at certain DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld Paris and Vilebrequin stores as a result of the performance at these stores.

Other loss was $3.1 million in fiscal 2024 compared to other income of $27.9 million in fiscal 2023. Other income in the prior year period consisted of a gain of $27.1 million as a result of the remeasurement of our previously held 19% investment in Karl Lagerfeld and 49% investment in KLNA as of the effective date of the acquisition by us of the interests in Karl Lagerfeld that we did not previously own. Other loss in the current period consisted of $0.1 million of foreign currency income during fiscal 2024 compared to $4.7 million of foreign currency losses during fiscal 2023. Additionally, we recorded $5.6 million in losses from unconsolidated affiliates during fiscal 2024 compared to $0.7 million in income from unconsolidated affiliates in fiscal 2023.

Interest and financing charges, net for fiscal 2024, were $39.6 million compared to $56.6 million for fiscal 2023. The decrease in interest and financing charges was primarily due to a $6.9 million increase in investment income from having a larger cash position in fiscal 2024 compared to fiscal 2023 and a decrease of $5.0 million in interest charges due to lower average borrowings under our revolving credit facility in the current year period. In addition, there was a decrease of $3.1 million in interest charges related to the LVMH Note as a result of the repayment of $75 million and $50 million in principal of this Note on June 1, 2023 and December 1, 2023, respectively.

Income tax expense for fiscal 2024 was $65.9 million compared to an income tax benefit of $3.8 million for the prior year. The income tax benefit of $3.8 million in fiscal 2023 was primarily due to our net loss position resulting from a $347.2 million goodwill impairment charge. Our effective tax rate was 27.4% in fiscal 2024 compared to 2.7% in the prior year. This increase in our effective tax rate is primarily due to the goodwill impairment charges which significantly decreased pretax book income in relation to tax expense in fiscal 2023, as well as operating losses generated in certain foreign jurisdictions during fiscal 2024 that are not expected to be realized.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash Availability

We rely on our cash flows generated from operations, cash and cash equivalents and the borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility to meet the cash requirements of our business. The cash requirements of our business are primarily related to the seasonal buildup in inventories, compensation paid to employees, occupancy, payments to vendors in the normal course of business, capital expenditures, interest payments on debt obligations and income tax payments. Principal payments of $75 million and $50 million were made on June 1, 2023 and December 1, 2023, respectively, which resulted in the payment in full of the LVMH Note. We have also used cash to repurchase our shares.

As of January 31, 2024, we had cash and cash equivalents of $507.8 million and availability under our revolving credit facility in excess of $570 million. As of January 31, 2024, we were in compliance with all covenants under our senior secured notes and revolving credit facility.

Senior Secured Notes

In August 2020, we completed a private debt offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of our 7.875% Senior Secured Notes due August 2025 (the “Notes”). The terms of the Notes are governed by an indenture, dated as of August 7, 2020 (the “Indenture”), among us, the guarantors party thereto and U.S. Bank, National Association, as trustee and collateral agent (the “Collateral Agent”). The net proceeds of the Notes were used (i) to repay the $300 million that was outstanding under our prior term loan facility that was due in 2022 (the “Term Loan”), (ii) to pay related fees and expenses and (iii) for general corporate purposes.

The Notes bear interest at a rate of 7.875% per year payable semi-annually in arrears on February 15 and August 15 of each year.

The Notes are unconditionally guaranteed on a senior-priority secured basis by our current and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee any of our credit facilities, including our ABL facility (the “ABL Facility”) pursuant to the ABL Credit Agreement, or certain future capital markets indebtedness of ours or the guarantors.

The Notes and the related guarantees are secured by (i) first priority liens on our Cash Flow Priority Collateral (as defined in the Indenture), and (ii) a second-priority lien on our ABL Priority Collateral (as defined in the Indenture), in each case subject to permitted liens described in the Indenture.

In connection with the issuance of the Notes and execution of the Indenture, we and the Guarantors entered into a pledge and security agreement (the “Pledge and Security Agreement”), among us, the Guarantors and the Collateral Agent.

The Notes are subject to the terms of the intercreditor agreement which governs the relative rights of the secured parties in respect of the ABL Facility and the Notes (the “Intercreditor Agreement”). The Intercreditor Agreement restricts the actions permitted to be taken by the Collateral Agent with respect to the Collateral on behalf of the holders of the Notes.

We may redeem some or all of the Notes at any time and from time to time at the redemption prices set forth in the Indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the applicable redemption date.

If we experience a Change of Control (as defined in the Indenture), we are required to offer to repurchase the Notes at 101% of the principal amount of such Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the date of repurchase.

The Indenture contains covenants that, among other things, limit our ability and the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to incur or guarantee additional indebtedness, pay dividends or make other restricted payments, make certain investments, incur restrictions on the ability of our restricted subsidiaries that are not guarantors to pay dividends or make certain other payments, create or incur certain liens, sell assets and subsidiary stock, impair the security interests, transfer all or substantially all of our assets or enter into merger or consolidation transactions, and enter into transactions with affiliates. The Indenture provides for customary events of default which include (subject in certain cases to customary grace and

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cure periods), among others, nonpayment of principal or interest, breach of other agreements in the Indenture, failure to pay certain other indebtedness, failure of certain guarantees to be enforceable, failure to perfect certain collateral securing the Notes, failure to pay certain final judgments, and certain events of bankruptcy or insolvency.

We incurred debt issuance costs totaling $8.5 million related to the Notes. In accordance with ASC 835, the debt issuance costs have been deferred and are presented as a contra-liability, offsetting the outstanding balance of the Notes, and are amortized over the remaining life of the Notes.

Second Amended and Restated ABL Credit Agreement

In August 2020, our subsidiaries, G-III Leather Fashions, Inc., Riviera Sun, Inc., CK Outerwear, LLC, AM Retail Group, Inc. and The Donna Karan Company Store LLC (collectively, the “Borrowers”), entered into the second amended and restated credit agreement (the “ABL Credit Agreement”) with the Lenders named therein and with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent. The ABL Credit Agreement is a five year senior secured credit facility subject to a springing maturity date if, subject to certain conditions, the Notes are not refinanced or repaid prior to the date that is 91 days prior to the date of any relevant payment thereunder. The ABL Credit Agreement provides for borrowings in the aggregate principal amount of up to $650 million. We and certain of our subsidiaries (the “Guarantors”), are Loan Guarantors under the ABL Credit Agreement.

The ABL Credit Agreement refinanced, amended and restated the Amended Credit Agreement, dated as of December 1, 2016 (as amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time prior to August 7, 2020, the “Prior Credit Agreement”). The Prior Credit Agreement provided for borrowings of up to $650 million and was due to expire in December 2021. The ABL Credit Agreement extended the maturity date to August 2025, subject to a springing maturity date if, subject to certain conditions, the Notes are not refinanced or repaid prior to the date that is 91 days prior to the date of any relevant payment thereunder.

Amounts available under the ABL Credit Agreement are subject to borrowing base formulas and overadvances as specified in the ABL Credit Agreement. Borrowings originally bore interest, at the Borrowers’ option, at LIBOR plus a margin of 1.75% to 2.25% or an alternate base rate margin of 0.75% to 1.25% (defined as the greatest of (i) the “prime rate” of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. from time to time, (ii) the federal funds rate plus 0.5% and (iii) the LIBOR rate for a borrowing with an interest period of one month) plus 1.00%, with the applicable margin determined based on Borrowers’ availability under the ABL Credit Agreement. In April 2023, we amended the ABL Credit Agreement to replace LIBOR with Adjusted Term Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) as a successor rate. All other material terms and conditions of the ABL Credit Agreement were unchanged. Borrowings under the amended ABL Credit Agreement now bear interest, at the Borrower’s option, at the alternate base rate (defined as, for a given day, the greatest of (i) the “prime rate” in effect on such day, (ii) the NYFRB Rate (as defined in the amendment) in effect on such day plus 0.5% and (iii) the Adjusted Term SOFR (defined as an interest rate per annum equal to the Term SOFR for such interest period plus 0.10%) for a one-month interest period as published two business days prior to such day plus 1%) plus an applicable spread or the Adjusted Term SOFR Rate plus an applicable spread. We applied certain provisions and practical expedients of ASC 848 – Reference Rate Reform related to the transition from LIBOR to SOFR. There was not a material change to our interest expense or results of operations as a result of transitioning the reference rate used in our ABL Credit Agreement from LIBOR to SOFR.

The ABL Credit Agreement is secured by specified assets of the Borrowers and the Guarantors. In addition to paying interest on any outstanding borrowings under the ABL Credit Agreement, we are required to pay a commitment fee to the lenders under the credit agreement with respect to the unutilized commitments. The commitment fee accrues at a tiered rate equal to 0.50% per annum on the average daily amount of the available commitments when the average usage is less than 50% of the total available commitments and decreases to 0.35% per annum on the average daily amount of the available commitments when the average usage is greater than or equal to 50% of the total available commitments.

The revolving credit facility contains covenants that, among other things, restrict our ability to, subject to specified exceptions, incur additional debt; incur liens; sell or dispose of certain assets; merge with other companies; liquidate or dissolve the Company; acquire other companies; make loans, advances, or guarantees; and make certain investments. In certain circumstances, the revolving credit facility also requires us to maintain a fixed charge coverage ratio, as defined in

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the agreement, not less than 1.00 to 1.00 for each period of twelve consecutive fiscal months. As of January 31, 2024, we were in compliance with these covenants.

As of January 31, 2024, we had no borrowings outstanding under the ABL credit agreement. The ABL Credit Agreement also includes amounts available for letters of credit. As of January 31, 2024, there were outstanding trade and standby letters of credit amounting to $4.0 million and $2.9 million, respectively.

At the date of the refinancing of the Prior Credit Agreement, we had $3.3 million of unamortized debt issuance costs remaining from the Prior Credit Agreement. We extinguished and charged to interest expense $0.4 million of the prior debt issuance costs and incurred new debt issuance costs totaling $5.1 million related to the ABL Credit Agreement. We have incurred a total of $8.0 million of debt issuance costs related to our ABL Credit Agreement. As permitted under ASC 835, the debt issuance costs have been deferred and are presented as an asset which is amortized ratably over the term of the ABL Credit Agreement.

LVMH Note

We issued to LVMH, as a portion of the consideration for the acquisition of DKI, a junior lien secured promissory note in favor of LVMH in the principal amount of $125 million (the “LVMH Note”) that bore interest at the rate of 2% per year. $75 million of the principal amount of the LVMH Note was repaid on June 1, 2023 and the remaining $50 million of such principal amount was paid on December 1, 2023.

Based on an independent valuation, it was determined that the LVMH Note should be treated as having been issued at a discount of $40 million in accordance with ASC 820 — Fair Value Measurements. This discount was amortized as interest expense using the effective interest method over the term of the LVMH Note.

Unsecured Loans

Several of our foreign entities borrow funds under various unsecured loans of which a portion is to provide funding for operations in the normal course of business while other loans are European state backed loans that were part of COVID-19 relief programs. In the aggregate, the Company is currently required to make quarterly installment payments of principal in the amount of €0.6 million. Interest on the outstanding principal amount of the unsecured loans accrues at a fixed rate equal to 0% to 5.0% per annum, payable on either a quarterly or monthly basis. As of January 31, 2024, the Company had an aggregate outstanding balance of €8.0 million ($8.8 million) under these various unsecured loans.

Overdraft Facilities

During fiscal 2021, T.R.B International SA (“TRB”), a subsidiary of Vilebrequin, entered into several overdraft facilities that allow for applicable bank accounts to be in a negative position up to a certain maximum overdraft. TRB entered into an uncommitted overdraft facility with HSBC Bank allowing for a maximum overdraft of €5 million. Interest on drawn balances accrues at a fixed rate equal to the Euro Interbank Offered Rate plus a margin of 1.75% per annum, payable quarterly. The facility may be cancelled at any time by TRB or HSBC Bank. As part of a COVID-19 relief program, TRB and its subsidiaries also entered into several state backed overdraft facilities with UBS Bank in Switzerland for an aggregate of CHF 4.7 million at varying interest rates of 0% to 0.5%. As of January 31, 2024, TRB had an aggregate €2.4 million ($2.7 million) drawn under these various facilities.

Foreign Credit Facility

KLH has a credit agreement with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. with a credit limit of €15.0 million which is secured by specified assets of KLH. Borrowings bear interest at the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (“EURIBOR”) plus a margin of 1.7%. As of January 31, 2024, KLH had €8.1 million ($8.9 million) of borrowings outstanding under this credit facility.

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Outstanding Borrowings

Our primary operating cash requirements are to fund our seasonal buildup in inventories and accounts receivable, primarily during the second and third fiscal quarters each year. Due to the seasonality of our business, we generally reach our peak borrowings under our asset-based credit facility during our third fiscal quarter. The primary sources to meet our operating cash requirements have been borrowings under this credit facility and cash generated from operations.

We had no borrowings outstanding under our ABL Credit Agreement as of January 31, 2024 and $80.1 million borrowings outstanding under the facility as of January 31, 2023. We had $400 million in borrowings outstanding under the Notes at each of January 31, 2024 and January 31, 2023. Our contingent liability under open letters of credit was approximately $6.9 million at January 31, 2024 and $8.6 million at January 31, 2023. At January 31, 2023, we had $125.0 million of face value principal amount outstanding under the LVMH Note. The amount outstanding under the LVMH Note was repaid during fiscal 2024. We had an aggregate of €8.0 million ($8.8 million) and €10.1 million ($10.9 million) outstanding under the Company’s various unsecured loans as of January 31, 2024 and January 31, 2023, respectively. We also had €2.4 million ($2.7 million) and €3.4 million ($3.7 million) outstanding under Vilebrequin’s overdraft facilities as of January 31, 2024 and January 31, 2023, respectively and €8.1 million ($8.9 million) and €7.3 million ($7.8 million) outstanding under our foreign credit facility as of January 31, 2024 and 2023, respectively.

Share Repurchase Program

In August 2023, our Board of Directors authorized an increase in the number of shares covered by our share repurchase program to an aggregate amount of 10,000,000 shares. Prior to this increase, we had 6,813,851 authorized shares under this program. Pursuant to this program, during the year ended January 31, 2024, we acquired 1,598,568 of our shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $26.1 million. The timing and actual number of shares repurchased, if any, will depend on a number of factors, including market conditions and prevailing stock prices, and are subject to compliance with certain covenants contained in our loan agreement. Share repurchases may take place on the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or by other means, and would be made in accordance with applicable securities laws. As of January 31, 2024, we had remaining 10,000,000 shares authorized for purchase under this program. As of March 21, 2024, we had 45,417,321 shares of common stock outstanding.

Cash from Operating Activities

We generated $587.6 million of cash from operating activities in fiscal 2024, primarily as a result of our net income of $176.2 million, decreases of $188.9 million in inventories and $112.6 million in accounts receivable and an increase of $35.0 million in accounts payable and accrued expenses. We also generated cash from operating activities as a result of non-cash charges primarily related to depreciation and amortization of $27.5 million, share-based compensation of $17.2 million and asset impairments of $6.8 million.

We used $104.6 million of cash from operating activities in fiscal 2023, primarily due to our net loss of $133.1 million, increases of $163.7 million in inventories and $41.0 million in accounts receivable, as well as a decrease of $107.2 million in accounts payable and accrued expenses. In addition, we had a non-cash charge of $55.1 million in deferred income taxes and a non-cash $27.1 million gain on our 19% investment in the parent of Karl Lagerfeld and 49% investment in the North American operations of Karl Lagerfeld in connection with our acquisition of the remaining interests in the parent of the Karl Lagerfeld business. These items were offset, in part, by non-cash charges relating primarily to asset impairments of $349.7 million, share-based compensation of $32.5 million and depreciation and amortization of $27.8 million.

Cash from Investing Activities

In fiscal 2024, we used $28.3 million of cash in investing activities. We used $24.7 million for capital expenditures primarily related to infrastructure and information technology expenditures and additional fixturing costs at department stores. In addition, we used $3.6 million for an investment in the equity of a private company.

In fiscal 2023, we used $218.0 million of cash in investing activities primarily as a result of cash paid, net of cash acquired, of $168.6 million for the acquisition of KLH. We also used $25.0 million for a minority investment in an e-commerce

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retailer and had $21.5 million in capital expenditures primarily related to infrastructure and information technology expenditures and additional fixturing costs at department stores.

Cash from Financing Activities

In fiscal 2024, we used $244.6 million of cash in financing activities primarily as a result of net repayments of borrowings of $80.1 million under our ABL Credit Agreement, as well as the $125.0 million for the repayment of all outstanding principal under the LVMH Note. In addition, we used $26.1 million of cash to repurchase 1,598,568 shares of our common stock under our share repurchase program and $10.9 million for taxes paid in connection with net share settlements of stock grants that vested.

In fiscal 2023, we generated $51.6 million of cash in financing activities primarily as a result of borrowings of $587.3 million under our ABL Credit Agreement, partially offset by repayments of $507.2 million under that Agreement. These borrowings were also offset, in part, by $26.9 million of cash used to repurchase 1,587,581 shares of our common stock under our share repurchase program and $9.8 million for taxes paid in connection with net share settlements of stock grants that have vested.

Financing Needs

We believe that our cash on hand and cash generated from operations, together with funds available under the ABL Credit Agreement, are sufficient to meet our expected operating and capital expenditure requirements. We may seek to acquire other businesses in order to expand our product offerings. We may need additional financing in order to complete one or more acquisitions. We cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain additional financing, if required, on acceptable terms or at all.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1.19 – Effects of Recently Adopted and Issued Accounting Pronouncements in the accompanying notes to our consolidated financial statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of recently adopted accounting pronouncements and issued accounting pronouncements that we believe may have an impact on our consolidated financial statements when adopted.

Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations

As of January 31, 2024, our contractual obligations were as follows (in millions):

Payments Due By Period

Less Than

More Than

Contractual Obligations

    

Total

    

1 Year

    

1-3 Years

    

4-5 Years

    

5 Years

Operating lease obligations

$

288.3

$

73.3

$

109.7

$

65.2

$

40.1

Minimum royalty payments (1)

308.3

108.6

149.4

48.0

2.3

Long-term debt obligations (2)

420.4

15.0

403.9

1.3

0.2

Purchase obligations (3)

4.0

4.0

Total

$

1,021.0

$

200.9

$

663.0

$

114.5

$

42.6

(1)Includes obligations to pay minimum scheduled royalty, advertising and other required payments under various license agreements.
(2)Includes: (a) $400.0 million related to our Notes that will mature in fiscal 2026, (b) $8.8 million in our various unsecured loans which have maturity dates ranging from fiscal 2026 through fiscal 2029 and requires us to make quarterly installment payments of €0.6 million, (c) $2.7 million in our various overdraft facilities and (d) $8.9 million in our foreign credit facilities. We had no borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facility as of January 31, 2024.
(3)Includes outstanding trade letters of credit, which represent inventory purchase commitments, which typically mature in less than six months.

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ITEM 7A.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risks and Commodity Price Risk

We negotiate substantially all our purchase orders with foreign manufacturers in United States dollars. Thus, notwithstanding any fluctuation in foreign currencies, our cost for any purchase order is not subject to change after the time the order is placed. However, if the value of the United States dollar against local currencies were to decrease, manufacturers might increase their United States dollar prices for products.

Our sales from the non-U.S. operations could be affected by currency fluctuations, primarily relating to the Euro. We cannot fully anticipate all of our currency exposures and therefore foreign currency fluctuations may impact our business, financial condition, and results of operations. However, we believe that the risks related to these fluctuations are not material due to the low volume of transactions by us that are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar.

Inflationary factors such as increases in the cost of our products and overhead costs may adversely affect our operating results. We experienced increased costs in many aspects of our business during fiscal 2024 and fiscal 2023. In fiscal 2023, we implemented price increases on many of our products. Our price increases were an effort to mitigate the effect of higher costs. We expect inflationary pressures to lessen in fiscal 2025. See our “Risk Factors Relating to the Operation of our Business” and “Risk Factors Relating to the Economy and the Apparel Industry” contained in Item 1A – Risk Factors of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Interest Rate Exposure

We are subject to market risk from exposure to changes in interest rates relating to our ABL Credit Agreement. We borrow under this credit facility to support general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures and working capital needs. The U.S. Federal Reserve Board increased interest rates several times in fiscal 2024. It is unclear whether the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates or maintain the current high rates in fiscal 2025. Additional increases in interest rates, or the continuation of the current high rates, by the Federal Reserve will result in increases in our interest expense under our ABL Credit Agreement.

We had nominal borrowings under our ABL Credit Agreement during the year ended January 31, 2024. We estimate that each 100 basis point increase in our borrowing rates would result in additional interest expense to us of approximately $1 million for each $100 million outstanding our ABL Credit Agreement.

ITEM 8.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

Financial statements and supplementary data required pursuant to this Item begin on page F-1 of this Report.

ITEM 9.    CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE.

None.

ITEM 9A.    CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

As of January 31, 2024, our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15I under the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms and (ii) accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure, and thus, are effective in making known to them material information relating to G-III required to be included in this Report.

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Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

During our last fiscal quarter, there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

On May 31, 2022, we acquired KLH. See Note 15 – Karl Lagerfeld Acquisition in the accompanying Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements in this Annual Report for further information on our acquisition of KLH. The KLH acquisition represented a change in our internal control over financial reporting. We have included the internal controls and procedures of KLH in our annual assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining an adequate system of internal control over our financial reporting. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, as required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, management has conducted an assessment, including testing, using the criteria on Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013), issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, or COSO. Our system of internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Based on its assessment, management has concluded that we maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2024, based on criteria in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013), issued by the COSO.

Our independent auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, a registered public accounting firm, have audited and reported on our consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. The reports of our independent auditors appear on pages F-1 and F-3 of this Form 10-K and express unqualified opinions on the consolidated financial statements and the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.

ITEM 9B.    OTHER INFORMATION.

Insider Adoption or Termination of Trading Agreements

During the three months ended January 31, 2024, no director or officer of the Company informed us of the adoption, modification or termination of a “Rule 10b5-1 trading arrangement” or “non-Rule 10b5-1 trading arrangement,” as each term is defined in Item 408(a) of Regulation S-K.