It was announced today that the iconic American line Avirex ( has been sold to Marc Ecko Enterprises ( in an undisclosed, but significant deal.

Marc Ecko Enterprises has been Avirex’s men’s and women’s sportswear and textile apparel licensee since August 2004, and this month it sealed the acquisition deal with Avirex’s owner-founder, Jeff Clyman. Terms include the rights to Avirex Ltd.’s license with Kids Headquarters for boys’ apparel and with Caccia Fashions Inc. for the Canadian market.

Young pilot and airplane enthusiast Clyman began the Avirex company in 1975 following inspiration from his father’s aged leather bomber jacket, and the help of his wife Jacky, who ran it alongside him these past 30 years.

Clyman, delighted by the move, says, “We were very excited by the effort and energy that Seth Gerszberg [president and co-founder of Marc Ecko Enterprises] and his team at Ecko put into launching and making a success of the Avirex brand in a tier of distribution where it had never been. It was only logical that their success would culminate in the acquisition of the Avirex brand to continue this growth. It’s in good hands!”

The acquisition adds yet another label to Ecko’s mini empire of brands and businesses, which also includes Ecko Unltd., G Unit, Zoo York, the Marc Ecko Collection and the urban lifestyle consumer magazine Complex.