Jose Hess for Sale


April 13, 2005

Jose Hess for Sale

Jose Hess, Inc., one of the first American designer names in fine jewelry, is for sale. The designer jeweler, which was acquired by The Gordon Co. and Hilco Wholesale earlier this year, is to be sold as a complete turnkey business operation. The offer includes over $1.3 million of inventory at wholesale price to the trade and the company's West New York, NJ, manufacturing facility. The company founder and namesake Jose Hess is available to continue as the company's primary designer through separate negotiations.

A master goldsmith trained in the Viennese tradition in Colombia, South America, Jose Hess arrived in New York City in 1951. By the mid-1950's, he was making models and handmade pieces for designer David Webb. He started his own business designing and making models for other jewelers in the early 1960's, and soon changed his focus to manufacturing and selling his original designs. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the manufacture of high quality, innovative jewelry, his designs and craftsmanship have been recognized with over 28 industry awards including the De Beers Diamonds Today Award in 1981,1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

The 18k gold and diamond Hearts of Fire, Orbit, Cleopatra and Garden Lights lines are a few of the Jose Hess branded collections currently available at over 400 fine jewelers throughout the country. Hess' entire customer list includes over 1200 companies. Jose Hess, Inc. also holds the Disney license to produce jewelry under the name "The Classic Mickey Mouse Collection by Jose Hess." All of the company's customer lists, copyrights, designs, molds and trademarks will convey to the purchaser along with the trade name, website, domain name and intellectual property.

The company's headquarters incorporates corporate, design and manufacturing facilities. All of the machinery, workshop and office equipment, display materials, graphics, artwork and catalogs convey to the purchaser as well. For a brief company profile and to view the current collections, please visit the Jose Hess website, www.josehess.com. For all inquiries related to the sale of Jose Hess, Inc., please contact Philip Holden, president of The Gordon Company Luxury Product Solutions at (954) 763-9800 or at info@thegordonco.com.



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