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Leslie Singer Named President of Sam Edelman Apparel



  Leslie Singer Named President of Sam Edelman Apparel

       Shoe Designer’s New Line to Position Edelman as Lifestyle Brand

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 19, 2013

Sam Edelman, in partnership with leading apparel manufacturer Kellwood Company
today announced the appointment of Leslie Singer as President of Sam Edelman
Apparel, a new division within Kellwood. The new partnership between Sam
Edelman and Kellwood marks the beginning of a significant venture into apparel
for the award winning shoe designer, further solidifying Sam Edelman as a
lifestyle brand. Sam Edelman is owned by Brown Shoe Company.

Leslie Singer Named President of Sam Edelman Apparel (Photo: Business Wire)

Leslie Singer Named President of Sam Edelman Apparel (Photo: Business Wire)

Singer joins Kellwood from NYDJ, where she lead Sales and Merchandising for
Women’s Sportswear. Her responsibilities spanned all channels of distribution,
including department stores, specialty stores and direct business outlets,
such as Zappos and Amazon. Under her leadership, the company saw double-digit
growth for more than three years.

Additionally, she has held significant executive positions at Tommy Hilfiger
USA, where she was President of Women’s Sportswear and served as Executive
Vice President of Tommy Jeans, and at Sean John, where she was President of
its Junior Sportswear division.

Her previous experience includes tenure at Nautica, where she was Vice
President of Sales and Merchandising for Women’s Sportswear and with Guess as
Vice President of Sales. Leslie began her career in department stores and over
the span of 15 years, she worked her way up through the buying organizations
of Macy’s and Abraham and Strauss to become a Divisional Merchandise Manager
for Children’s Wear at A&S and Dresses at Macy’s East.

“When we inked our partnership with Sam Edelman, Leslie was the first person
that came to mind when considering who would lead this new division,” said
Lynn Shanahan, Kellwood’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled that she
has joined us. She is one of the best merchants in the market place and has
unparalleled retail relationships.”

“I have great respect for Lynn Shanahan and the team of industry veterans that
she has put together to articulate and execute the vision of the Sam Edelman
brand,” said Sam Edelman, founder and Sam Edelman Division President, Brown
Shoe Company. “Leslie Singer is a strong addition that will lead this seasoned
team.”

“I am truly excited about leading this new venture,” Singer said. “This
partnership allows me to work with Sam, a world-class designer, capitalize on
my depth and knowledge of the retail industry and leverage it with Kellwood’s
manufacturing strength.”

Singer says that Edelman has identified a customer that he calls “The Sam
Girl.”

“She is fashionable, smart and driven, works and plays hard, and wants
clothing that is on trend,” added Singer, “While she is quality conscious, she
chooses clothing that represents good value, is seasonal, and that can be worn
interchangeably. Together, with Sam’s vision and creative direction, we have
created a collection that will meet the needs and wants of The Sam Girl.”

The new line will debut in fall of 2014, and will be sold to better department
stores and specialty stores as well as in Sam Edelman retail stores in
Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Kellwood company designs, manufactures, and markets a broad portfolio of
fashion brands including Sam Edelman, XOXO, David Meister, My Michelle, Jolt,
Democracy, Sangria, Jax, Sag Harbor and Briggs, NY, and is the parent company
of Rebecca Taylor. Kellwood is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital
Partners, Inc.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:
http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20131219005184/en/

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Contact:

Kellwood Company
Cathy O’Brien, 212-661-1336
cathy.obrien@kellwood.com
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