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Kellwood Signs Agreement With Liz Claiborne Acquires Briggs New York

St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. and Liz Claiborne Inc., New York City, have entered into an agreement whereby Liz Claiborne has licensed to Kellwoods Halmode Division its line of womens dresses and suits under the Liz Claiborne, Liz Claiborne Woman and Liz Claiborne Petites labels. Denise Miller has been appointed president of Halmodes Liz Claiborne Dress and Suit Division.The dress line was introduced to the trade market in March 2003, while the line of suits will be available to the trade market in August 2003. Kellwoods current license with The Leslie Fay Co. Inc. is set to end June 30, 2003.Dresses and suits are an important segment of womens apparel, and Kellwood has shown considerable success in building this aspect of its business, said Barbara J. Friedman, president, licensing, Liz Claiborne. Our companies share a dedication to superior style, quality and value, and we are confident that this new collection will please the Liz Claiborne consumer, as well as give her more options with the addition of suits.In other Kellwood news, the company has acquired Briggs New York Corp. The company will operate as a stand-alone business within Kellwoods womenswear organization. Richard Rosenberg will continue as Briggs president and CEO. Briggs founder Leon Rosenberg will stay on as COO.

May 2003