London, UK (December 9, 2015) – Pelham Leather Goods is delighted to announce the signing of a trademark license agreement with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, for the exclusive development of innovative luggage, business cases and bag collections, which will incorporate the DuPont™ Kevlar® technology and carry the DuPont™ Kevlar® and Dare Bigger™ trademarks across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region. The long-term license will encompass bespoke design, manufacture, sales and marketing.

Best known for its lightweight strength and use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armour, DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber has helped to protect the lives of thousands of people around the world. The use of Kevlar® has been extended to everything from fire fighter and industrial protective clothing to vehicles, fiber optic cables, mining belts, commercial aircraft and city roads. Kevlar® fiber is used in many consumer products such as mobile phones, tires, high-performance sporting apparel and equipment. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this renowned and trusted advanced material naturally lends itself to the manufacture of premium lightweight luggage and fits with Pelham’s recognised market positioning of only working with best-in-class and unique brand properties.

“We are honoured to be working with such a well-respected global organisation as DuPont,” said Pete McGuinness, Joint Managing Director at Pelham. “Our design studio team is very excited at the prospect of creating some amazing luggage, incorporating distinct Kevlar® design and pushing current boundaries of performance even further. With a rich history in aerospace, aeronautical design and sports performance, the Kevlar® brand and luggage is a natural fit.”

“The science behind DuPont™ Kevlar®, coupled with its lightweight strength and durability, is what helps enable designers to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary with this advanced material,” said Kathy Kowalski, Global Brand, Marketing and Communications Leader, DuPont Protection Technologies. “We are delighted that Pelham will be engineering their new collection with Kevlar®, embracing the Dare Bigger™ concept in their design.”

The ranges will be presented in Autumn 2017.

About DuPont Protection Technologies
DuPont Protection Technologies is a leader in technologies and products that protect people, the environment and critical assets worldwide. For additional information, please visit DuPont Protection Technologies.

About Pelham
Pelham Leather Goods was established in 1990 and today represents the largest multi branded Distribution Company in the UK. The group exclusively distributes the best of international brands including TUMI, Delsey, Brics, Converse Accessories, New Balance Accessories and Knirps umbrella’s and has the global luggage license for both Ted Baker and Radley luggage. Pelham also has a large made-to-order division producing own-label merchandise for many high street names as well as a retail division which was established in Mayfair, Piccadilly in 1923 and now operates (under the Case London facia) a number of high street and airport stores and concessions in the UK – the largest being the travel goods department in Harrods Knightsbridge which at just under 9000 feet, is the finest and biggest travel goods and business case department in the world. Case is also present in the Duty Free and Travel Retail arena with stores at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports in the UK.

For further information please contact:
Shelley Williams, Marketing Director, Pelham Leather Goods Ltd: +44 (0)20 8731 3500

DuPont™, Kevlar® and Dare Bigger™ are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont used under license by Pelham Leather Goods Limited