Anne Klein Announces Exclusive World-Wide License Agreement With Altair Division Of Marchon Eyewear

   Anne Klein Announces Exclusive World-Wide License Agreement With Altair
                         Division Of Marchon Eyewear

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE: JNY)
("Jones" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into an
exclusive, world-wide license agreement with Altair®, a division of Marchon®
Eyewear, Inc. ("Marchon") for the creation, production, marketing and global
distribution of ophthalmic eyewear and sunglasses under the Anne Klein brand.
Altair is known as a highly regarded manufacturer and marketer of ophthalmic
eyewear and sunwear. The Anne Klein ophthalmic eyewear and sunglass
collections are currently produced and marketed under a world-wide license
agreement with Luxottica Group S.p.A., which will expire on December 31, 2012.


Under the new agreement, the Anne Klein ophthalmic eyewear and sunglass
collections will be marketed and sold globally in upscale optical chains and
specialty retailers and by individual eye care professionals, beginning in
Spring 2013. 

Richard Dickson, The Jones Group President and Chief Executive Officer of
Branded Businesses, stated: "We are pleased to enter into this agreement with
Altair, a best-in-class partner, for Anne Klein eyewear, as we continue to
develop Anne Klein as a global fashion iconic brand. We believe this
collaboration with Altair and Marchon will help Anne Klein further extend its
powerful heritage and brand message in the global optical and accessories
arena."

Steve Wright, Altair President, stated: "The Anne Klein eyewear license is an
exciting and proud addition to the Altair portfolio. We recognize the Anne
Klein brand's rich heritage in providing women with evolving modern style and
look forward to translating those high-quality, timeless designs into
compelling eyewear perfectly suited for the Anne Klein woman."

About The Jones Group Inc.

The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer,
marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel,
footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags. The Jones Group has a reputation
for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution
and talent. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded
specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

The Company's internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L)
include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L),
Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, Brian Atwood (L), Boutique
9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini,
Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Jones Wear, Kasper, Energie,
Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson
(L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo, Rafe(L)
and C&T Costello Tagliapietra (L).

About Altair

Altair^® supports independent eyecare professionals with advanced eyewear
technologies and distinctive brands including bebe^®, Tommy Bahama^®, Joseph
Abboud^®, JOE Joseph Abboud^®, Revlon^®, and Sigrid Olsen. Altair is sold
through more than 10,000 independent optical retailers.

Altair is a division of Marchon^® Eyewear, one of the world's largest
manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear, and a
subsidiary of VSP Global^®, a diverse, group of leading companies within the
world-wide optical industry. The company markets its products under
prestigious brand names including Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein,
Calvin Klein Jeans, Chloe, Diane von Furstenberg, Dragon, Emilio Pucci, Fendi,
Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Nine West,
Salvatore Ferragamo, Sean John and Valentino. Headquartered in New York,
with regional offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Venice, Marchon
distributes its products through numerous local sales offices serving over
80,000 accounts in more than 100 countries.

More at: altaireyewear.com

SOURCE The Jones Group Inc.

Website: http://www.jonesgroupinc.com
Contact: For Anne Klein / The Jones Group Inc., Joele Frank and Sharon Stern,
both of Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, +1-212-355-4449; or For
Altair, David Carr, Altair Eyewear, +1-916-858-5634
 
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