Brookstone's longtime rival, The Sharper Image, did not survive the bankruptcy process a few years ago. Brookstone looks like it will.
Some say Innovative Technology, a CE vendor based in Port Washington, N.Y., is one of the biggest manufacturers of accessories and audio products that you’ve never heard of. Corey Lieblein, who founded the company in 2001, is hoping to change that with the launch of the Justin line of tablet power cases (MSRP $69.99). The launch kicks off June 7 on QVC with eight flavors of the Justin PowerCase for iPads, followed two weeks later with a general retail release throughout North America. Innovative Technology’s 2014 roadmap includes more than 70 products in the Justin line.
The Sharper Image brand has been sold by the venture that brought it out of bankruptcy three years ago to the Iconix Brand Group. Iconix is known for purchasing established brand names such as Joe Boxer, Candie's and Starter.
The Sharper Image may have gone out of business as a retail brand in 2008, but those who held gift cards to the now-defunct stores may be getting a long-delayed refund.