Richline Group Acquires Viawear To Bolster Wearable Product Offerings

Richline Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, and Viawear, an innovative wearables provider for jewelry brands, announced today that the companies have completed an agreement for Richline to acquire the Viawear business.

“The world has embraced wearables, and we intend to provide our customers with the right jewelry products that blend seamlessly with the latest technology. Viawear’s technology and designs compliment everything we’ve set out to achieve in the smart jewelry space,” said Joel Schechter of the Richline Group.

Viawear has developed a unique approach to filtering mobile notifications and delivering the most contextual wearable alerts. With Viawear, wearers can stay connected to their most important alerts, and eliminate the need to constantly checking to see if they missed something important. An interactive preview of their technology and designs will be on display at the Plumb Club at the JCK Show in Las Vegas, booth #PC–200.

“Our objective has always been to develop smart accessories that truly complements our wearer’s lifestyle. Blending Richline’s tremendous jewelry acumen with Viawear’s technology platform allows us to make this vision into a reality that can help drive the world of fine jewelry into the world of wearable technology,” said Ben Isaacson, Founder and CEO of Viawear.

ABOUT RICHLINE GROUP, INC.

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer. Currently the major brands comprising Richline’s portfolio are LeachGarner, Inverness, Rio Grande and Richline Jewelry. Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. The Common Stock of Berkshire Hathaway is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

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Richline To Distribute New Ungaro Smart Ring

From Omate:

Inspired from the iconic design of the Diva perfume – a fragrance for Women which has been introduced by Emanuel Ungaro in 1983, the Ungaro ring aimed to empower modern women by connecting them to what matters the most – their inner circle.

Based on the “less is more” mantra; the Ungaro ring is leading a new generation of wearable fashion tech through the Omate platform.

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The Ungaro ring will come in plated gold or silver along with an assortment of five gemstones: blue topaz; opalite; onyx; sapphire and ruby. The ring will be assembled by Richline Group – the World’s foremost Fine Tech Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – in their Arezzo, Italy factory.

The collection will be available from November 2015 in the retail through Richline Group from $500 to $2,000.

Richline Group is proud of our continued partnership with Omate and their growing assortment of fine-tech jewelry. In addition to producing and distributing the Ungaro Ring, Richline’s jewelry-manufacturing experts worked closely with the team at Omate to help bring this design collaboration to life.

To learn more, read the full press release or contact our sales team for additional information regarding this new innovative collaboration between Ungaro, Omate and Richline.

Richline Group Introduces Wearable Style News Website

Richline, a leader in fine jewelry and the emerging category of FineWear Technology, announces the arrival of a new and robust blog, Wearable Style News. WSN brings a unique “function needs fashion” perspective to the rapidly growing world of wearables. By aggregating the latest news and gaining exclusive interviews with industry newsmakers, the blog fills a major editorial gap.

“We believe the industry needed a new voice,” says Mark Hanna, CMO of the Richline Group. “Too much of the conversation is about the inventive technology and not enough time is spent on the design and style of these new products,” he adds. “Today’s elegant women will not be caught dead putting on a clunky wearable so we’re hoping this blog will guide the industry to rethink its function-first approach,” concludes Hanna.

Wearable Style News focuses on the designers, technologists, and manufacturers who are leading the wearable industry. The blog features curated and original content, including interviews with industry talent such as Uri Keren, CEO and co-founder of Hermes Innovation, Scott Amyx of Amyx+McKinsey, and Amanda Parkes, Chief of Technology & Research for Manufacture NY.

In addition to interviews and product profiles, Wearable Style News provides coverage of relevant conferences and events. Readers can also follow the blog on Twitter, where the editors are often found commenting on the newest releases in the market.

Editorial submissions should be emailed to editor@wearablestylenews.com.

Click here to visit WearableStyleNews.com.

ABOUT RICHLINE GROUP

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Currently, the major brands comprising Richline’s portfolio are LeachGarner, Inverness, Rio Grande and Richline Brands. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hanna P: (212) 886–6212 E: Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

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Richline Introduces Finewear Collection with Virtual Reality

As part of the Richline-sponsored World of Wearable Technology event at the JCK show in Las Vegas, Richline partnered with Next Galaxy and Eon Reality. to create a one-of-a-kind VR experience showcasing its wearable jewelry collection.

A video of this immersive and futuristic jewelry shopping experience is now available for all who were unable to attend the World of Wearables event.

Richline is continuing to work with both Next Galaxy and Eon Reality to turn this initial proof of concept into an application that can be used by its retail partners to show off their new Finewear collection.

“We are excited to be working with Richline Group to create a great VR shopping experience,” said Next Galaxy Corp. CEO Mary Spio. “We believe this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for VR to revolutionize shopping and e-commerce. By providing the ability to preview content in new ways, our technology could dramatically improve sales and conversions.”

Click here to learn more about this continuing partnership.

Richline Sponsored FineWear Technology Panel Now Available Online

Richline was proud to sponsor the first-ever FineWear Technology panel covering wearable technology, connected devices and smart jewelry during Jewelry Market Week at the JCK show in Las Vegas. The video of the panel, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28th, 2015, is now available for viewing in its entirety courtesy of Scott Amyx.

Our thanks to Dave Monahan of FitLinxx, Amanda Parkes of Manufacture NY, Scott Amyx of Amyx+McKinsey, and Sonny Vu of Misfit for participating in the panel; to Robin Raskin, Founder and President of Living in Digital Times for moderating; and to JCK for hosting this Richline-sponsored event.

Richline to Integrate Say Technology into Smart Jewelry Offerings

Richline Group, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, has reached a strategic partnership agreement for the exclusive distribution of products leveraging Say™ technology from Hermes Innovation Ltd.

Hermes Innovation Ltd. was founded in 2013 by an elite squad of high-tech veterans who hail from corporate giants like Conduit, Kodak, and Intel. Their Say™ device is the first social experience that was specifically designed for Wearables, incorporating a wearable device coupled with a customized social network.

Richline will work to incorporate this innovative device—which empowers people to customize the external appearance with exclusive graphical content of their choice to suit any fad, mood, whim, or fancy—into an array of fine and fashion jewelry as part of their new smart jewelry initiative.

“One of the great untapped opportunities for smart jewelry is personalization,” said Richline CEO, Dennis Ulrich. “And Say™ is uniquely positioned to empower women, men, and even entire communities to express themselves in entirely new ways through this one-of-a-kind socially connected wearable.”

Richline previewed several proof-of-concept designs at the JCK Jewelry Show during Market Week. Following the introduction of this first iteration of Say™ later this year, Richline looks to bring designs to market in time for the holiday selling season.

When asked about the partnership, Hermes Innovation CEO, Uri Keren said, “We could not have found a better partner than Richline for this project. Their understanding of the future of jewelry, coupled with our technology is exactly what is needed to help introduce Say™ to fashion and tech savvy luxury consumers.”

To learn more visit SayNecklace.com.

Richline to Unveil Smart Jewelry Designs and Partnerships at JCK

Richline Brands is set to introduce it’s highly anticipated foray into the world of wearable technology with an array of smart jewelry offerings at the JCK trade show in Las Vegas.

Fitbit® Compatible Jewelry from Richline Group“Understanding the impact that the emerging wearables space will have on the jewelry industry has been a core focus for Richline over the past two years,” said Richline CEO Dennis Ulrich. “A lot of hard work and collaboration has gone into this project, and we are thrilled to finally be able to show the industry our vision for the future of fine jewelry wearables.”

JCK will be the first opportunity for the jewelry industry to see designs that Richline has been hinting at since announcing distribution deals with Omate and Cuff earlier this year. In addition to these celebrated firms and previously-announced partnerships, Richline will also introduce new products featuring differentiated technology from companies including Say and MightyCast.

In addition to proprietary innovations, Richline is introducing an assortment of “compatibles” which will offer millions of women a more stylish and luxury alternative for use with existing wearable products such as Fitbit® and Jawbone®.

According to Richline CMO, Mark Hanna, “We felt it was essential to balance entirely new innovations as well as elegant options for existing products. On the one hand, there are several popular fitness wearables that we can help make more stylish. On the other, recent advances in technology have made it possible for us to create jewelry, for the elegant lifestyle, that can do far more than fitness.”

Richline is introducing two tiers of product offerings: Fine Jewelry, which primarily consists of designs made with precious metals, and Fashion Jewelry, which offers more affordable designs made with Bronze and base metals. In addition to fitness tracking, many of Richline’s proprietary designs will offer features centered around personalization, notifications and discrete personal security. Designs look to bring a combination of style and tech to an entirely untapped audience of fashion-forward fine jewelry shoppers.

“We are extremely proud of our initial offering of smart jewelry,” said Ramona Genao-Archibald, Richline Brands’ EVP of Merchandising, “and we feel like we are just getting started. We have an amazing team here at Richline that is dedicated to finding the best emerging technologies and finding new ways to make them look better than ever before.”

Asked why such a major investment in the category, Richline VP Cindy Witting commented “Because, for today’s active woman Function needs Fashion”.

ABOUT RICHLINE GROUP

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Currently, the major brands comprising Richline’s portfolio are LeachGarner, Inverness, Rio Grande and Richline Brands. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

For more information, please contact: Mark Hanna P: (212) 886–6212 E: Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

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Richline Kicks Off New Smart Jewelry Initiative with Wearables Event at JCK Las Vegas

Richline Group brings The World Of Wearables Event and Panel to JCK Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel at on Thursday, May 28th.

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is partnering with the JCK trade show to bring many of the latest innovations in wearable technology and connected devices to the year’s largest gathering of jewelry buyers and influencers.

The event is set to introduce a wide range of smart jewelry options at this year’s Jewelry Market Week in Las Vegas, which include collaborations with tech companies like Cuff, Omate, as well as third-party compatible jewelry offerings for existing wearable technology, like Fitbit®. New partnerships will also be announced and displayed at the JCK trade show.

In addition to teasing a few of its new smart jewelry designs ahead of the show, Richline is presenting a range of cutting edge technologies. Attendees will be able to take a virtual tour of a jewelry store courtesy of Next Galaxy and Zeiss 3D Glasses, see stylish 3D printed high heeled shoes, or even print edible designs made entirely from chocolate. In addition to these more hands on experiences, Richline is bringing together a vast array of wearable and connected devices that enhance women’s fitness, wellness, safety, lifestyle computing and communication with an emphasis on glamour.

“We believe that wearable technology will continue to touch every facet of our lives, including our industry,” said Richline Group CEO, Dennis Ulrich. “Richline’s foray into the marriage of jewelry and technology began with extensive research, and we are thrilled to bring the best of what we’ve seen to JCK Las Vegas in order to help the jewelry industry better understand how connected devices will impact the future of jewelry.”

In addition to a walk-in exhibit, which will be open to all those attending JCK Las Vegas, Richline is hosting a panel featuring innovators in the wearables space. The panel will be moderated by Robin Raskin, Founder and President of Living in Digital Times. It will also include industry leaders Dave Monahan of FitLinxx, Amanda Parkes of Manufacture NY, Scott Amyx of Amyx+McKinsey, and Sonny Vu of Misfit.

Click here for more details on The World Of Wearables walk-in exhibit and panel.

ABOUT RICHLINE GROUP

Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Manufacturer and Marketer. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Currently, the major brands comprising Richline’s portfolio are LeachGarner, Inverness, Rio Grande and Richline Brands. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hanna P: (212) 886–6212 E: Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

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Richline Brands and CUFF™ to offer Smart Fine Jewelry Products to Retailers Worldwide

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Richline Brands and CUFF™, a Bay-area based, connected jewelry company, have the pleasure to announce a very important strategic partnership agreement for the exclusive distribution of Cuff products. The partnership is designed to fundamentally bridge the function and fashion gap in “wearable technology”. The transaction will enable the Cuff brand and innovative technology to become an integrated part of the important wearable technology jewelry expansion by Richline.

Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline Group, said that “For us, this is a major opportunity. The Richline- CUFF alliance is the first of its kind in pairing a prestigious and established jewelry supplier with a Silicon Valley player in the smart-jewelry space. This partnership will establish Richline as a recognized leader in this new era of smart, yet fashionable jewelry.” ”Wearables” connotes technology that you actually wear on your body, from fitness trackers to glasses that have computers in them. CUFF Inc. made a splash when it debuted in March of 2014 by re-imagining both the look and the uses of these devices. Cuff functions include fitness and social notification, as well as the most robust safety/security alert system available.

Deepa Sood, CEO and Founder of Cuff stated: “Cuff is proud to partner with a trusted, acknowledged leader in fine jewelry who will introduce our innovative technology through the nation’s top jewelers and retailers. This is absolutely an exciting development for our company, but I also think it can be viewed as a true milestone in the wearables category,” “The result of this partnership will be an explosion in innovative, smart, and beautiful pieces that enhance the lives of women without sacrificing style.

ABOUT RICHLINE BRANDS

Richline Brands, is a strategic business unit of Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Marketer and Distributor. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Richline Brands markets and distributes only to retailers, at thousands of jewelry outlets across all key distribution channels, National Retail Jewelers, Guild Jewelers, Department Stores, Television and Electronic shopping networks and Mass Merchants.

The Common Stock of the Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services.

ABOUT CUFF

Cuff was founded in 2013 by Deepa Sood as a new and innovative approach to wearable technology. The company grew quickly based on its proprietary hardware, software and firmware system that garnered significant Silicon Valley investor funding. CEO, Founder and Designer Deepa Sood, previously also a lawyer and a journalist, is a former VP of Restoration Hardware, the luxury home retailer. Cuff is based in San Francisco, California.

For more information:

Contact: Mark Hanna, Richline Group, Inc. PH: (212) 886–6212 Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

For more Cuff information

Contact: Scott Sutherland PH: (415)–312–6588 scott@sutherlandgold.com press@cuff.io RLG-Cuff-Release

Richline Brands and Omate to Bring Smart Watches to Jewelry Retailers

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Richline Brands and Omate have the pleasure to announce that a very important strategic partnership agreement, for exclusive distribution of certain Omate products, has been signed between the parties. The transaction will enable the Omate brand and innovative technology to become an integrated part of the important wearable technology jewelry and watches expansion by Richline.

Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Richline Group, said that “In the smartwatch segment, two worlds are merging together: the traditional hundred year-old watch industry and the Hi-Tech Hardware and Software industry. Richline intends to be a major player in this segment and our agreement with Omate is another manifestation of our commitment.”

Laurent Le Pen, CEO, Omate stated: “this is a great opportunity for our brand to grow and expand globally. Our vision is that the real intelligence of our companion smartwatch, in collaboration with the fine jewelry designs from Richline, shall create stylish, functional, exciting products. Each smartphone ecosystem can be fully personalized according to personal needs and requirements.”

Dave Meleski, Richline President, stated “We believe, after months of R&D, that we will offer our customers products with a fashionable look and fine jewelry feel, that are comfortable to wear every day and have the technology consumers will desire.”

ABOUT RICHLINE BRANDS

Richline Brands, is a strategic business unit of Richline Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and the USA’s foremost Fine Jewelry Marketer and Distributor. The Richline Group was formed in 2007. Richline Brands markets and distributes only to retailers, at thousands of jewelry outlets across all key distribution channels, National Retail Jewelers, Guild Jewelers, Department Stores, Television and Electronic shopping networks, Mass Merchants.

BRK.A and BRK.B. Berkshire Hathaway, and its subsidiaries, engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services..he Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

ABOUT OMATE:

Omate® is a hardware and software design company exclusively focusing on designing wearables. Omate operates as a vertically integrated design house based in Shenzhen – China. The company designs and retails ready-to-wear products that are presold throughout its online store via www.omate.com and sold via a portfolio of distributors worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hanna Richline Group, Inc. PH: (212) 886–6212 Mark.Hanna@RichlineGroup.com

For more Omate information, please contact:

Laurent Le Pen, CEO, Omate at press@omate.com RLG-Omate-Release