Enesco, LLC History

2021

Dept 56 and Enesco Gift Enter License Agreement with HBO Game of Thrones

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Reliving the drama of the ground-breaking HBO Original series Game of Thrones, Dept 56 and Enesco release a breathtaking Village collection and other compelling ‘treasures’ spanning the Seven Kingdoms.

Dept 56 Village and Enesco Gift Engage New Licensed Fandoms

Sony Pictures Ghostbusters; Disney’s Haunted Mansion; Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Warner Bros Horror films; F·R·I·E·N·D·S join the Company’s collections serving these highly popular enthusiast fandoms.

2020

Peter Rabbit X Jim Shore Collaboration Announced

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Enesco and Penguin Ventures expand the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit collection to include the charming and lovable new Jim Shore collaboration.

Enesco and Dept 56 Enter License Agreement with Crayola

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Joining the most colorful place on Earth, Enesco and Dept 56 release an imaginative collection inspiring us to express the power to pretend, dream, play, discover, and create!

FAO Schwarz License Agreement Announced for Dept 56 and Enesco Gift

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Helping to spark wonder and excitement, Dept 56 and Enesco release a collection inspired by the world’s most iconic toy store creating new memories and nostalgic moments for over 150 years.

2019

Enesco Purchases Things Remembered

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Things Remembered memorializes milestones and significant occasions with its engraving capabilities in a wide variety of high quality products and accessories available online and through its retail locations across the United States.

2018

Enesco Enters License Agreement with DC Comics

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Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and other members of The Justice League Super Heroes as well as Super Villains are immortalized in Enesco’s vast array of standout fan-centric merchandise.

Dept 56 and Enesco Gift Enter License Agreement for Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter enthusiasts can experience their fandom as never before as Dept 56 Village recreates the Wizarding World and Enesco brings the magical characters and icons to three-dimensional life.

Enesco Sells Gund

Enesco Sells Gund

Enesco sold Gund to Spin Master, a Toronto based toy company. Spin Master and Enesco continue to have a successful ongoing distributor relationship in Europe.

Enesco Develops New Line of Miss Mindy Products

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Enesco debuted its entry into the Vinyl Marketplace with a brand new line of Disney Showcase Collectibles designed by artist Miss Mindy.

Enesco Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Enesco marks a milestone, celebrating its 60th anniversary as a leading Gift and Accessories provider.

The Addams Family

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Dept 56 and the Charles & Tee Addams Foundation announce The Addams Family macabre mansion and iconic characters releasing in the Dept 56 Village collection.

2017

Enesco Canada Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Enesco Canada Celebrates 90th Anniversary

2017 marks a proud milestone for Enesco Canada, representing our 90th year in business.

Margaritaville

Margaritaville

Enesco and Department 56 announce its collaborative cross-branding strategy based on Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville encompassing ornaments, Jim Shore figurines, Village houses and Lolita glassware among other seasonally warm products.

Jim Shore Celebrates 15 Years

Jim Shore Celebrates 15 Years

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek celebrates 15th Anniversary with a limited edition dated figurine.

Dept 56 License Agreement for The Nightmare Before Christmas Announced

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Inspired by the cult classic stop-motion Disney film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the new Dept 56 Village recreates the dynamic and expressive characters and houses from the film favorite.

2016

Jack Daniels Is Introduced

Jack Daniels Is Introduced

Jack Daniel’s is the premier brand of whiskey around the world. Department 56 products are inspired by and designed based on actual places and traditions in Lynchburg, TN.

Hanna Barbera By Jim Shore Introduced

Hanna Barbera By Jim Shore Introduced

Hanna Barbera by Jim Shore collectible figurines designed by Jim Shore combines the nostalgia of Hanna Barbera characters with traditional motifs of handmade folk art.

Department 56 Celebrates 40 Years!

Department 56 Celebrates 40 Years!

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, our creative team has designed a number of special pieces that represent the most iconic designs for each collection.

2015

Lolita Joins The Enesco Family

Lolita Joins The Enesco Family

Known for its festive and sassy designs, Lolita features hand-painted wine glasses, shooters and other glassware.

Walt Disney Archives Collection Is Launched

Walt Disney Archives Collection Is Launched

The Walt Disney Archives Collection revisits seldom seen original treasures and transforms them into an inspired collection.

Enesco Is Acquired By Balmoral Funds, LLC

Enesco Is Acquired By Balmoral Funds, LLC

Balmoral Funds, a Los Angeles based private equity fund focused on partnering with talented and committed management teams in the mid-market,acquires Enesco to find new markets and new brands to further grow and develop the Company as a global leader.

2014

Britto For Coca-Cola A Classic Re-Invented

Britto For Coca-Cola A Classic Re-Invented

World renowned brand and artist team up to create a modern twist on an American Classic.

2010

Enters License Agreement With Britto

Enters License Agreement With Britto

Enesco welcomes BRITTO by POP artist sensation Romero Britto. A collection of plush featuring Britto’s signature vibrant colors, bold patters and a continuous message of hope.

2008

GUND Is Acquired

GUND Is Acquired

Enesco welcomes GUND, the worldwide leader in top quality, soft and huggable plush designs.

Enters License Agreement With Boyds

Enters License Agreement With Boyds

Enesco welcomes The Boyds Collection Ltd. And their collection of whimsically unique tedding bears, floppy eared hares and other friends in the true, old world teddy making tradition.

Department 56 Is Acquired

Department 56 Is Acquired

Enesco welcomes Department 56, a giftware and collectibles leader known for hand-crafted lighted villages, Snowbabies figures and extensive lines of holiday products.

2007

Enters License Agreement With Country Artists

Enters License Agreement With Country Artists

Enesco welcomes Country Artists, a leading designer and supplier of high-quality, popular brands, including Magificent Meerkats, A Breed Apart, Tuskers, Speed Freaks, and Dogs & Cats.

Our Name Is Mud Is Acquired

Our Name Is Mud Is Acquired

Enesco welcomes Our Name is Mud, by Lorrie Veasey, a leader in the ceramic gift industry with bold, fresh, and whimsical pottery designs on mugs, platters, plates, and other tabletop assortments.

2005

Possible Dreams Is Introduced

Possible Dreams Is Introduced

The popular Clothtique Possible Dream collection was added to an already strong line-up of outstanding giftware. Every figure is handmade by a team of skilled artisans. It has become the No. 1 Santa brand.

2004

Enesco Acquires The Gregg Gift Company

Enesco Acquires The Gregg Gift Company

Enesco welcomes Gregg Gift Company, a supplier of branded and specialty giftware targeted to the inspirational marketplace specializing in personal accessories such as book covers, organizers , tote bags and other home décor accents.

2003

Bilston & Battersea Is Acquired

Bilston & Battersea Is Acquired

Enesco acquires Bilston & Battersea, manufacturers and distributors of giftware and home accessories including high quality, hand-decorated enamels and sculptural boxes.

Foundations Is Created

Foundations Is Created

Enesco welcomes Foundations, a collection of comforting figurines and other home décor accents that reflect on family, faith, and home brimming with insight and inspiration.

Enesco Named Exclusive Licensee For Walt Disney Classics Collections

Enesco Named Exclusive Licensee For Walt Disney Classics Collections

Enesco welcomes the Walt Disney Classics Collection. The collection features sculpted pieces that faithfully recreate unforgettable moments from Disney’s believed animated films.

2002

Enesco UK Changes Name To Enesco Ltd.

Enesco UK Changes Name To Enesco Ltd.

Enesco UK company changed it’s name to Enesco Ltd. Included in this company is Fine Ceramic Transfers who are manufacturers of high quality decals for the ceramic and glass industries.

Enters License Agreement With Heartwood Creek By Jim Shore

Enters License Agreement With Heartwood Creek By Jim Shore

Enesco welcomes Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, a collection that captures the essence of traditional American and European folk art designs with everyday and seasonal figurines, garden and home décor accents.

Enters License Agreement With Children Of The Inner Light

Enters License Agreement With Children Of The Inner Light

Enesco welcomes Children of the Inner Light, a giftware collection by artist, Marci, featuring wonderful characters who display heartfelt messages of love, acceptance and understanding

1999

First Department 56 Corporate Store Opened

First Department 56 Corporate Store Opened

In May, the first-ever corporate retail store opened in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, a move that enhanced both brand and product profile. And for the first time, Department 56 introduced pieces that included exquisite interior detail.

1995

Enesco Acquires Enesco France S.A.S.

Enesco Acquires Enesco France S.A.S.

Enesco welcomes a new subsidiary located in Nice, France. Enesco France establishes an important link to emerging European markets and to handle the distribution of it,s products in France, Spain, and Portugal.

1994

Lilliput Lane Is Acquired

Lilliput Lane Is Acquired

Enesco welcomes Lilliput Lane, the maker if world famous miniatures of English country cottages capturing the architectural heritage of Britain. In 2017, to insure the integrity of the product line, Enesco ceased producing new pieces.

Border Fine Arts Is Acquired

Border Fine Arts Is Acquired

Enesco welcomes Border Fine Arts, manufacturers and distributors of high quality, realistic hand-crafted farming and wildlife limited edition scenes figurines. To insure the ongoing quality and importance of the brand, Enesco announced its retirement.

1992

Cherished Teddies Is Created

Cherished Teddies Is Created

Artist Priscilla Hillman began drawing a series of winsome bears in commemoration of her youth. The bears wore patches to depict well worn friends and were given names and titles, enabling them to be “adopted” by their new owners.

1990

North Pole Series Created

North Pole Series Created

The legend of Santa became a part of the Department 56 tradition with the addition of The North Pole Series™ to The Heritage Village Collection.

1989

Border Fine Arts Exclusive Distributor

Border Fine Arts Exclusive Distributor

Border Fine Arts (the originators of hand painted resin) became the exclusive distribution partner of Enesco for the UK, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal.

1988

Enesco Ltd – Now Enesco UK Is Formed

Enesco Ltd – Now Enesco UK Is Formed

Enesco forms a subsidiary in Carlisle, England, establishing an important link in Enesco’s growing worldwide network.

NC Cameron (Now Enesco Canada) Is Acquired

NC Cameron (Now Enesco Canada) Is Acquired

NC Cameron, founded in 1927, evolved from a company primarily seen as a china supplier to a company with an outstanding reputation for their diverse selection of giftware and their countrywide network of gift retailers.

Growing Up (Girls) Is Created

Growing Up (Girls) Is Created

A line of gifts that tell the story of Growing up in today’s world. Young, active, and athletic boy and girl figurines area created for children to identify with and enjoy collecting.

1987

The Heritage Village Collection Expanded

The Heritage Village Collection Expanded

The Heritage Village collection continued to grow with the addition of the hustle and bustle of Christmas in the City® and the inspiring Little Town of Bethlehem™.

1986

Snowbabies Introduced

Snowbabies Introduced

The New England Village Series and The Alpine Village Series® were added to The Heritage Village Collection. That same year, the world of Snowbabies™ bisque figurines was introduced.

1985

Enesco International

Enesco International

Enesco International (Hong Kong) Ltd., the company’s first overseas operation was started. The move was a strategic step, strengthening Enesco’s distribution network in Asia.

1984

The Heritage Village Collection Developed

The Heritage Village Collection Developed

The concept of The Heritage Village Collection® was developed. The first release was The Dickens’ Village Series®, a collection of seven nostalgic shops and a church. All designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Victorian England.

1979

Boyds Is Founded

Boyds Is Founded

Beginning as a small antique shop in Boyds, Maryland, Boyds Collection Ltd. introduced whimsically unique teddy bears, floppy-eared hares and other friends in the true, old-world teddy making tradition.

1978

Precious Moments

Precious Moments

Enesco introduces Precious Moments. Based on a greeting card with an inspirational message and drawing of teardrop-eyed children, the porcelain bisque figurines become a phenomenon unmatched in the giftware market. In 2004, PMI became its own Company.

1976

Department 56 Is Founded

Department 56 Is Founded

The foundation of Department 56 took shape with the introduction of six charming, lighted, ceramic buildings. These six premiere items were the beginnings of The Original Snow Village®.

1967

Can Do Established In Cleveland

Can Do, an engrave-while-you-wait shop, was established paving the way for Things Remembered.

1958

Enesco Is Founded

Enesco Is Founded

Originally part of the N. Shure Company, a merchandising catalog company, Enesco spun off in 1958 as a separate company. The name was created using the phonetic spelling of its former parent company’s initials N.S.Co.

1927

NC Cameron (Presently Enesco Canada) Is Founded

NC Cameron (Presently Enesco Canada) Is Founded

Originally a premium and incentive business, NC Cameron was founded by Neil Campbell Cameron in Toronto, Canada in 1927.

1925

Jacob Swedlin Purchases GUND Manufacturing Company

Jacob Swedlin Purchases GUND Manufacturing Company

Jacob Swedin, a long time GUND employee, purchased the company after Adolph Gund’s retirement. The Swedlin family and its descendants would go onto run GUND for the next nine decades.

1898

GUND Is Founded

GUND Is Founded

The leading soft toy manufacturer in the U.S., and oldest, GUND was founded by German immigrant Adolph Gund in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1898.