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RG Barry Names Foot Petals President

RG Barry Brands has named Jeff Cosgrove to head its Foot Petals Business Unit, effective immediately.

Mr. Cosgrove has most recently served as the Company's Vice President, Sales & Merchandising and Off-Price Channel Sales.

"Jeff has filled several critical sales and merchandising roles with us since joining our team in November 2008, and we believe he is the right leader to drive continued growth in our comfort insert business while aligning that business with the vast changes currently taking place in the retail marketplace," said Greg Tunney, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Foot Petals founder Tina Aldatz added, "Having worked with Jeff, I am excited about his balanced background with both large footwear brands and as an entrepreneur. His unique skill set and leadership experience will allow our team to grow the business while maintaining the original designer vision of providing comfort solutions that allow women to wear the shoes they love."

Cosgrove brings extensive senior level management experience to his new role including stints as Executive Vice President of Easy Spirit brand Sales and Operations at US Shoe and Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales while at Rockport. He also held sales positions with Wolverine Worldwide and Brown Shoe. Cosgrove is a graduate of Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, and will continue to be based at RG Barry's suburban Columbus headquarters.

About RG Barry
RG Barry creates and markets accessories brands and fashionable, solution-oriented products for a great life. In addition to Foot Petals, our primary brands include Dearfoams slippers dearfoams.com; and baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories baggallini.com.  To learn more, visit us at rgbarry.com.

Wolverine Worldwide today announced the appointment of Frank Annunziata to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Sebago with responsibility for the further development of the brand's global growth platform of footwear, apparel and accessories. Annunziata will report to Ted Gedra, President of the Company's Heritage Group.

Lands' End today announced it has named Michele Donnan-Martin as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Design officer.  Donnan-Martin will lead all aspects of merchandising and design for the brand to ensure alignment of product development, price point strategies and design aesthetic to embrace and further build upon Lands' End's rich heritage. Donnan-Martin will start on November 4, 2013, and report directly to Edgar Huber, CEO and President, Lands' End.

Patagonia, Inc., the outdoor apparel company, announces the addition of Joy Howard to its senior management team as vice president of marketing, effective September 23, 2013. In her new role, Howard will lead the development and execution of global marketing across all sales channels and communication platforms for Patagonia, as well as for the wider portfolio of Patagonia initiatives in food and media, and new brand extensions.

Oxford Industries, Inc. last week announced the appointment of Mark Maidment as CEO of its Ben Sherman Group.   

For the 11th Year, dressbarn Will Collect Clothing Donations During Its S.O.S - Send One Suit - Weekend® Donation Drive, March 7-10

Each year thousands of women are unable to secure employment because they don't have access to appropriate ensembles to wear on job interviews.  dressbarn (NASDAQ: ASNA) is teaming up with the non-profit organization, Dress for Success, to gather 60,000 articles of clothing, as part of its S.O.S. - Send One Suit – Weekend® donation drive, March 7-10.

Alternative Apparel, the industry-leading fashion basics brand known for its unparalleled comfort and quality craftsmanship, is pleased to appoint Erik Joule as President and Chief Merchandising Officer.  Joule will be based out of the Alternative Apparel design office in Los Angeles, and report directly to CEO, Evan Toporek as well as work closely with Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Greg Alterman.

Jones Continues To Enhance Management Team with Leading Talent

The Jones Group Inc. today announced the promotion of Cynthia DiPietrantonio to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.  In this expanded role, Ms. DiPietrantonio will oversee production in The Jones Group's overseas facilities, including its production offices in China and Hong Kong, in addition to her current responsibilities overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company. Ms. DiPietrantonio, the senior-most operations executive, has been with The Jones Group in several capacities over the past 30 years, most recently as Chief Operations Officer.  She will continue to report to Wesley R. Card, Chief Executive Officer of The Jones Group. 

Nordstrom, Inc. announced yesterday it named veteran Nordstrom leader Karen McKibbin president of Nordstrom Canada. Nordstrom also announced today its entry into the Canadian market with plans to begin serving customers with its first full-line stores in fall 2014. Nordstrom plans to open stores in Cadillac Fairview premier shopping centres located in Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Ms. McKibbin has a 27-year tenure with Nordstrom in a wide variety of leadership roles from merchandising to regional management, most recently serving as Vice President and Regional Manager of Northern California and Hawaii.
The Jones Group Inc. ("Jones," the "Company") (NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has appointed Kathy Nedorostek to the newly created position of Group President, Global Footwear and Accessories, effective mid-October. This addition furthers the Company's commitment to retain and recruit top talent to establish the leading portfolio of fashion brands in the industry. Nedorostek will oversee the continued growth and expansion of footwear, handbags and jewelry for The Jones Group.

Jones Apparel Expands Executive Bench as Part of Company Expansion

Stuart Weitzman announced that it has expanded its executive bench with the promotion of Wayne Kulkin to the newly created position of Vice Chairman, effective immediately.  Mr. Kulkin was formerly President and will continue to report to Stuart Weitzman, Executive Chairman of Stuart Weitzman.

Silver Jeans Co.™, the Canadian denim brand with a reputation for high quality, well-fitting jeans in the mid luxury denim market, is pleased to announce Doreen Panzer as President of Sales for the wholesale division. The announcement of Ms. Panzer's new position is coupled by the progression of current President of Silver Jeans Co.™ Michael Silver to Chief Executive Officer.

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Company aims to collect 110,000 professional clothing items for Americans re-entering the workforce

This July, Men’s Wearhouse will host its fifth annual National Suit Drive to give unemployed men a chance to look their best as they re-enter the workforce. Each year, National Suit Drive, the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for men, encourages Americans to transform their unwanted businesswear into a fresh start for millions of disadvantaged workers still facing joblessness.

Company Recruits Leading Talent to Support Design-Led Innovation Across All Brands

The Jones Group Inc. today announced that it has named George Sharp Executive Vice President of Design, a newly created position. Mr. Sharp will report to Stefani Greenfield, Chief Creative Officer, and will work across all brands.

As it continues to assemble a world-class leadership team that merges the talents of new and existing leaders, J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) yesterday announced the promotion and addition of several highly accomplished retail veterans to its merchandising, operations and investor relations functions.

"Our sights are set on revolutionizing the way America shops, and having the best leaders in place is instrumental to helping us fully realize this vision," said jcpenney CEO Ron Johnson. "We're rethinking every element of the retail business and there's no better way to re-imagine the possibilities than to tap the proven abilities of our own extraordinary talent along with the fresh perspectives offered by industry experts new to our organization."

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) today reported that it has hired more than 1,000 students from America’s colleges and universities in 2012 for slots in the company’s Executive Development Program (EDP) and for summer internships nationwide.
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