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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; and baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories  To learn more, visit us at

Blackstone agrees to purchase $200 million of Convertible Preferred Stock

Share Repurchase Authorization Increased to $350 Million

John McCarvel Announces Retirement

Company Reaffirms Low End of Prior Fourth Quarter Guidance

Expects Revenue of Approximately $220 million and Loss of 23 cents per Diluted Share

Comfortable Shoes

Sacrificing comfort for style has always been seen as a necessary evil when designing the latest, trendiest shoes for women. According to, high heels are one of the leading causes of foot problems in women, and one third suffer permanent damage as a result of wearing heels.

Every Pair of Shoes are Custom-made by Local Artisans in Peru from Authentic South American Textiles

inkkas shoes


Inkkas, a custom-made brand of shoes handcrafted at a family-owned workshop in Lima, Peru, today announced a Kickstarter campaign that will help raise funds to bring the company's fall line to the international market. Inkkas shoes are made using only high-quality authentic South American textiles (called "mantas") sourced directly from local artisans in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Those that pledge to the Kickstarter campaign will receive discounts of up to 25% off the current price of the shoes and will receive their orders before the new line is available is the general public.

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.

Nine West, a division of The Jones Group (NYSE: JNY) ("Jones"), looked no further than Decades store founder and vintage connoisseur, Cameron Silver and Nine West's Contributing Style Director and former Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch, to create their latest Shoelaboration inspired by 80's punk. Shoelaborations™ is a collaborative platform celebrating fashion, design, music and pop culture through creative partnerships with unique artistic talents.

Sport Chalet, Inc., a specialty sporting goods retailer, is making it easier for runners to train effectively right out of the "gait." By accurately fitting athletes with the correct running shoe through extensive online shoe advice, a vast selection of styles including top industry brands, such as adidas™, Asics™, Brooks™, New Balance™, Nike™, Reebok™ and Saucony™ and custom in-store gait assessments, Sport Chalet customers can successfully meet their running goals.

Kenneth Cole and Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Fashion Designer and social activist, Kenneth Cole, is partnering with the Tony Award winning musical, Kinky Boots, on the launch of a limited-edition capsule shoe collection.  Arriving in stores this holiday season, 100% of net profits from the sale of the shoes will be donated to AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation in support of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  Following consultation with Kinky Boots costume designer, Gregg Barnes, Kenneth Cole has also designed the red high heel pump featured in the opening act of the show.

DSW Inc., the leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, continues and commits to give back to the community through its Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program.

Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE: WWW) today reported record revenue and strong earnings performance for its second fiscal quarter ended June 15, 2013.  The quarter included a full 12 weeks contribution from the Company's October 2012 acquisition of the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite, and Keds brands (the "PLG Acquisition").

The Left Shoe Company, a made-to-measure luxury footwear brand and accessories retailer, is pleased to announce the opening of its first American flagship store in Los Angeles. The 1,700 square foot store is located at 8473D Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. The flagship showcases luxurious, hand crafted footwear, innovative 3D scanners to measure for the perfect fitting shoe, a design studio to select style and a lounge complete with a gentleman's bar, which allows customers to indulge in an unparalleled personalized shopping experience.

DSW Inc., a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Columbia, SC on May 2nd.

The address of the new store is:
320 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC 29212

Supermodel, designer and fashion powerhouse Heidi Klum has created a new and versatile active wear collection with New Balance through the Heidi Klum for New Balance partnership launching this February 26, 2013, exclusively at select Lady Foot Locker locations in the U.S.

Global Sportlifestyle company PUMA launches InCycle, the brand's first closed-loop collection of footwear, apparel and accessories, all of which have earned the "Cradle to Cradle Certified[CM] Basic" certification. PUMA's InCycle products are entirely biodegradable or recyclable. This product introduction is another important step in PUMA's mission to become the most sustainable and desirable Sportlifestyle company.  

Crib & Crawl Collection Swaddles Tiny Feet in Comfort and Style


Stride Rite®, the leader in premium children's footwear, today announced the launch of Stride Rite Crib & Crawl™, a brand new collection of footwear specifically designed for baby's first months through the crawling and pulling up stages.

New Partnership Underscores LI-NING's Support Of the Partnership with NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade

China's leading sportswear company, LI-NING Company, announced it has become an Official Partner of the NBA Champion Miami HEAT, effective immediately. The partnership is part of a comprehensive marketing program to support WADE, a new athletic footwear and apparel collection that LI-NING recently launched with two-time NBA Champion and HEAT star Dwyane Wade.

Tiger Capital Group and SB Capital Group to launch closing sales in 70% of company's Bakers and Wild Pair stores

A joint venture between Tiger Capital Group, LLC and SB Capital Group, LLC will begin liquidating over $30 million of inventory from 150 Bakers Footwear Group stores nationwide on Fri., Nov. 9. The going-out-business sales at 70% of the mall-based retailer's Bakers and Wild Pair stores are expected to continue through the end of the year.

St. Louis-based Bakers Footwear Group sells a wide range of private-label and national-brand dress, casual and sport shoes, along with boots, sandals and various accessories for young women.  "With discounts on the stores' fresh, in-season merchandise and clearance goods ranging up to 50%-off, this represents fantastic savings for consumers—especially heading into the holiday season," said Michael McGrail, Managing Director of Tiger Group. The companies will also be selling the fixtures and equipment from many of the stores.

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