Next Level Apparel Acquires German Manufacturer Stedman GmbH
Blue Point Capital Partners and its portfolio company Next Level Apparel announced the acquisition of Germany-based Stedman GmbH, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of premium casual and sportswear blank apparel for the printwear industry.
Since 1953, Stedman has stood for top quality and ethically produced clothing across men’s, women’s and youth apparel — all of which are complementary with Next Level Apparel’s product collections and reputation for quality, fit and style. With a distribution center in Ghent, Belgium — and a market presence in more than 40 countries — Stedman’s international foundation will serve as a critical accelerant to Next Level Apparel’s strategic geographic expansion in Europe.
“The team at Stedman is excited to join ranks with Next Level Apparel, a strong partner and the perfect match, thanks to numerous synergistic qualities and values across both companies,” said Stedman General Manager Marcel Schweigert. “This partnership opens up new growth opportunities for everyone involved, and I am personally thrilled to be part of it, not only as a stakeholder but also as a shareholder.”
Founded in 2003, Next Level Apparel is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of premium blank apparel for the printwear, retail, brand specialty and other decorated apparel markets.
“The Stedman team has built a strong brand and a culture of excellence, and we’re excited to have them join Next Level Apparel,” said Next Level CEO Randy Hales. “This partnership presents a great opportunity to expand and diversify both organizations’ footprints across Europe and the U.S.”
“Not only is this an exciting milestone for all involved, it also further validates our belief in M&A and geographic expansion as key drivers for the business’s strategic growth," said Blue Point principal Evan Cottington.
Jones Day served as Blue Point’s legal adviser for the transaction.
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