(June 18, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), on behalf of DC Comics, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Washington Shoe Company, leading manufacturer of footwear and fashion raingear, to launch a new collection of rainwear for Kids and Juniors under Washington Shoe Company’s Western Chief and Chooka brand names. The upcoming product lines will feature beloved Warner Bros.’ characters Scooby-Doo and DC SUPER HEROES, including BATMAN, SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL and WONDER WOMAN, among others. The initial product rollout highlights the CAPED CRUSADER himself, with BATMAN-inspired rainwear that merges action and functionality to transform any child into the ultimate hero. The all-new rainwear incorporates a number of Batman’s classic gadgets and combines rain jackets and special BATMAN boots in order to recreate the legendary BAT-SUIT. The line features glow-in-the-dark logos, perfect for action-adventure role-play. “Washington Shoe Company is an industry leader and the perfect partner for such a fun collaboration,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Furthermore, the DC Comics Super Heroes and Scooby-Doo are iconic characters that are beloved by kids all over the world and lend themselves perfectly to their own line of active rainwear.” “We are confident that the DC Comics license will take the rainwear industry by storm. These beloved characters have been in our homes since I was young,” said Rob Moehring, President of Washington Shoe Company. “Our products inspire children to believe they are the heroes themselves.” Prices for Washington Shoe Company’s upcoming collection will range from $15 to $50 and will include rain boots, rain jackets and umbrellas. The rainwear collection will be available beginning October 2009 at specialty stores and fine department stores nationwide, including Nordstrom. About Washington Shoe Company Washington Shoe Company, founded in 1891, is committed to providing the consumer with high-quality footwear, created to meet and exceed the demands of today’s lifestyle. Our staple brand, Western Chief Kids, has captured the hearts of many rainwear enthusiasts. The line includes many whimsical creatures, each designed with puddle-seeking children in mind. The rain boot line has evolved into a number of different accessories, including rain jackets and umbrellas, as a result of their exalted demand. Among other brands, the company produces Western Chief work boots; women’s and children’s rubber boots and rainwear; Chooka, a line of fashion rubber and sheepskin boots; Staheekum, a full line of classic sheepskin slippers; Eddie Moran, a motorcycle inspired leather line and 2Pod a promotional line of sandals, sport and adventure footwear. For more information check out www.washingtonshoe.com, www.chookaboot.com, and www.staheekum.com. About Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. About DC Comics DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com. DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. SCOOBY-DOO and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera.
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