by Stephen Garner

Iconix Brand Group has announced that menswear designer Nick Graham will be returning to Joe Boxer as a creative consultant for an updated iteration of the brand he founded out of his San Francisco apartment in 1985.

Graham and Iconix will collaborate on product and marketing initiatives for a premium extension of the Joe Boxer brand, which will be distributed online and in specialty and department stores. As for his plans for Joe Boxer, Graham said the goal is to build on its heritage and its ability to make people smile.

Graham grew Joe Boxer to be an internationally-recognized brand known for its quirkiness and irreverent sense of style and humor. The award-winning brand had an impact on the fashion industry that still resonates today. 

For over 30 years, Graham has been recognized as one of the most innovative designers and marketers in the apparel industry. Joe Boxer was one of the first proponents of social media, long before the term even existed. As chief underpants officer of Joe Boxer, Graham pushed the concept of experiential marketing to new heights. The brand was one of the first on the internet in 1992, did the first live-streamed fashion show with Microsoft from an airplane hangar in Iceland and installed the world’s largest email in New York City’s Times Square.  The brand holds the record for the highest point a pair of underwear has been alone, (120,000 feet, by single thrust rocket), and the unofficial record for the World’s Fastest Fashion Show, (1.2 seconds by Human Cannonball).

Graham sold the Joe Boxer brand in 2001 but remained as a partner until Iconix acquired the brand in 2005.

“It’s so great to be back working with Joe Boxer. It is still one of the best-known brands out there, and it will be so fun to play with it again,” said Graham. The Nick Graham brand is a completely different demographic, more driven by tailored clothing and dress shirts and appealing to a slightly older consumer. Joe Boxer is younger and a lot more casual and active.”

“Iconix is excited to bring Nick Graham back to the Joe Boxer brand,” added Bob Galvin, president and chief executive officer of Iconix Brand Group. “He’s a true marketing and creative visionary and he’s providing us with valuable insight that will help us bring Joe Boxer to a new generation.”

Graham launched his first eponymous menswear brand in 2014 to address what he defines as the “Perennial Millennial” consumer. The Nick Graham brand, which is a division of Tharanco, offers color and style at affordable prices, and includes dress shirts, tailored clothing, swimwear, sportswear, and footwear and is distributed online and in department stores in the United States.


  1. Interesting that Nick is returning to the scene of the crime… so many people lost their jobs at JB Corp nationally, a great brand found its demise way before it’s time…

  2. Online yes but no department stores based on margin requirements and there are no specialty stores left

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