Providence Apparel Inc. has acquired Gerber Childrenswear LLC from private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc.
Gerber sells infant and children’s apparel and related products under the Gerber and Onesies brands. The company also markets children’s apparel under the Jockey for Kids, Lamaze and NFL brands in national department and specialty chain stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Providence Apparel is a Baja, Calif.-based apparel company that makes tee shirts.
Gerber had been operating as a division of Kellwood Co., which designs and makes several brands of clothes. When Sun Capital bought Kellwood in February 2008, it separated Gerber to operate as a standalone company. The company licensed the name from Gerber, which is owned by Nestle SA (VS: NESN).
Sun Capital, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., has made seven exits and completed 22 transactions in 2013. The firm sold a stake in Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant in October. In September, Sun Capital bought retail business Gem Shopping Network. In August, the firm sold a stake in the Harris Soup Co.
The firm has invested in several apparel companies, including The Limited, Hanna Andersson, Vince and Scotch & Soda.