Stuart Weitzman Announces New Global President

                Stuart Weitzman Announces New Global President

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC announced
today that Francois Kress has joined as Global President. In this newly
created position, Kress will oversee all aspects of the global retail and
wholesale business plus take on the role of strategic leader for new
initiatives and brand extensions. He will report directly to Wayne Kulkin,
CEO, and will be based out of international headquarters in New York City.

Kress brings more than 20 years of knowledge in both luxury retail and
wholesale markets, working previously as President and CEO of Prada and Miu
Miu USA, CEO and Managing Director of Bulgari America. Most recently, he has
served as President and COO at The Row.

"We are building the next generation Stuart Weitzman brand and are elated and
pleased to announce Francois Kress in the newly created role as global
president," said Wayne Kulkin, CEO. "Francois brings such a vast tool chest of
luxury wholesale and retail experience to our company. We are all excited for
the next steps of our brand. Francois will be a key catalyst in driving new
initiatives as well as leading and collaborating with our talented management
team already in place around the world. We are all looking forward to seeing
the impact and benefits of Francois's leadership."

"Over the years, I have been very impressed by the company's evolution. Stuart
Weitzman and his whole team have built a strong and consistent global brand
which is engraved in the American fashion landscape. It elegantly combines
women's needs with the glamorous allure of fashion luxury. I'm extremely
enthusiastic to join such an iconic brand and to be part of its future
expansion," said Francois Kress.


A little obsessed with shoes.

Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, a global leader in designer footwear, operates
45 retail stores across the United States, including New York, Beverly Hills,
Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas. The company also has 59 international stores
and is sold in more than 80 countries.

A luxury brand built upon the idea of creating a beautifully-constructed shoe,
founder and designer Stuart Weitzman's main objective has always been to merge
fashion and function. The first thing a women puts on in the morning and the
last thing she takes off at night, his shoes are designed to feel as good as
they look and to look as good as they feel.


The Jones Group Inc. ( 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, through concessions at upscale department
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, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit,
Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Givenchy (L),
Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo and Rafe (L).

Karen Ferko
(212) 287-0671

SOURCE Stuart Weitzman

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