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12 Jan. 2010

KELLWOOD ACQUIRES ISIS

Sun Capital Partners, Inc.-affiliate Kellwood Company, whose brands include Vince, Baby Phat and Briggs NY, has acquired Isis, the outdoor manufacturer of women’s performance and casual apparel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“While strengthening the overall Kellwood platform, the acquisition of Isis and its high-quality products offer significant growth opportunities in the US and Canada,” said Christopher H. Thomas, Vice President at Sun Capital Partners. “This is a strategic step to further build out American Recreation Products’ offerings and market position. With a strong and experienced management team in place, Isis is well poised to compete with the leading brands in the outdoor women’s apparel space.”

Michael W. Kramer, President and CEO of Kellwood, added that in spite of the challenging retail climate, the outerwear brand was continuing to perform well and that the company plans to double its sales over the next four years.

Sun Capital’s brand portfolio presently includes Anchor Blue Retail Group, DBApparel, Gerber Childrenswear, Hanna Andersson, and Limited Stores, while American Recreation Products manufactures and markets outdoor gear including tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, outdoor clothing, outdoor furniture and related camping accessories under the Royal Robbins, Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, SwissGear and Wenzel brand names.

—Tim Yap

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