Sep 22, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Represents Oxford Industries in $270 Million Acquisition of Johnny Was Apparel Brand

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ATLANTA (September 22, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm served as legal counsel to Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE: OXM), a leader in the apparel industry and owner of Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer, in its acquisition of Johnny Was, a California-based affordable luxury, modern bohemian lifestyle apparel brand, for $270 million. The transaction closed on September 19.

In addition to Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer, Oxford also owns the distinctive Duck Head, Southern Tide, and The Beaufort Bonnet Company lifestyle brands. The acquisition of the 35-year-old Johnny Was brand with its free-spirited signature aesthetic further diversifies Oxford’s portfolio across fashion points of view, price points, seasons, and geographies.

The SGR legal team was led by Partner Don Mazursky, Co-chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice, along with Partner Angela Roberts in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and Partner Yash Dave in the Labor and Employment Practice. Partner David Thunhorst and Associate Audria Crain in the Corporate Practice also assisted.

About Oxford
Oxford Industries, Inc., a leader in the apparel industry, owns and markets the distinctive Tommy Bahama®, Lilly Pulitzer®, Johnny Was®, Southern Tide®, The Beaufort Bonnet Company® and Duck Head® lifestyle brands. Oxford’s stock has traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 1964 under the symbol OXM. For more information, please visit Oxford’s website at

About Smith Gambrell Russell
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The Firm’s 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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