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Press Releases: KENZIE CONTINUES TO GROW

August 01, 2005

NEW YORK, August 1, 2005 Fast-growing, young contemporary fashion brand kenzie will launch belts, hats, and cold weather accessories at market week in August. The line will also be in the kenzie booth (15604) at WWD/MAGIC, and product will ship to retail in September 2005. kenzie signed the deal with New York-based Amiee-Lynn, Inc. Eric Karls, kenzie's CEO, and Steven Seidman, chairman of Ingroup Licensing, kenzie's exclusive licensing agent, made the announcement.ý

The new accessories include belts, shrugs, ponchos, capelets, hats, and cold weather pieces. Key colors include black, chocolate brown, cognac, deep violet, deep teal, white and gray.ýOver 60 belts will be shown in the premiere offering, with various feminine fabrications including suede, leather, snakeskin and mixed rope.ýShrugs, ponchos, and capelets will be soft, crocheted nylon acrylic blends, lace, chiffon, cable-knit, and angora. Key looks for hats and cold weather accessories include knits, embellished with pearls and sequins, herringbone, as well as suede and leather pieces.ýThe initial offering will include about 100 styles.

According to Michael Spolansky, President of Amiee-Lynn, "We will be selling to department and specialty stores in the US and Canada."

Eric Karls notes, "kenzie has been very successful growing through licensing; within the past year, shoes, accessories, jewelry, loungewear, and kids' wear have been added to the brand's portfolio."

kenzie is a young contemporary brand parented by Vancouver-based Westcoast Contempo Fashions, Ltd. It is available in better department and specialty stores. kenzie has two freestanding stores in the US, including their recently opened flagship in Santa Monica; they are opening additional stores in the US and China in 2005 and 2006. The collection targets the 'twenty something' crowd. kenzie advertises throughout North America in publications such as Elle, Lucky, W, Marie Claire, Harperýs Bazaar and Vogue. See the line at www.kenzieclothing.com.

Amiee-Lynn is based in New York.ýOther licenses include Perry Ellis, Esprit, Bongo, XOXO, and Etienne Aigner.

InGroup Licensing, the exclusive worldwide agent will be licensing swim, home furnishings, cosmetics and fragrances. Senior manager of domestic licensing, Lauren Redish, who heads InGroup's 'better' fashion clients, manages the account.ýBased in Manhattan, InGroup concentrates on developing lifestyle brands. Clients include Paper Denim & Cloth, Mudd Jeans, Zena, Smith & Wollensky, and mac & jac. Learn more at www.ingrouplicensing.com.

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