(Corrects Kenneth Cole share price in fifth paragraph)
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Apparel and shoe company
Kenneth Cole Productions is in talks to be acquired by
Iconix Brand Group, according to a Bloomberg report.
The timing of a takeover was unclear and discussions were
private, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing "two people with
knowledge of the matter."
Iconix owns and licenses brands, including Candies, Joe
Boxer and Badgley Mischka. It sells those brands to Target Corp
, Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Kohl's Corp.
A spokesperson for Kenneth Cole did not immediately respond
to a telephone request for comment. An Iconix spokesperson did
not immediately return phone and e-mail messages requesting
Shares of Kenneth Cole closed up $2.13 at $16.59 Friday
on the New York Stock Exchange.
Shares of Iconix closed up 7 cents at $17.04 on Friday on
(Reporting by Kyle Peterson)