Nine West Announces Exclusive Agreement With Marchon Eyewear

NEW YORK– September 12, 2011 – The Jones Group (NYSE: JNY) (“Jones” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Marchon Eyewear, Inc. (“Marchon”) for the creation, production, marketing and global distribution of ophthalmic eyewear frames and prescription-ready sunglasses under the Nine West brand.  Marchon is known worldwide as a premier manufacturer and marketer of ophthalmic eyewear and sunwear.

Under the agreement, the Nine West ophthalmic eyewear collection will be marketed and sold globally in upscale optical chains and optical specialty retailers and by individual eye care professionals beginning in early January 2012.

Richard Dickson, The Jones Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses, stated:

“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Marchon for Nine West optical eyewear.  Nine West’s origins as a premier global fashion brand allow us to extend it into relevant categories, particularly accessories such as eyewear; a perfect fit for Nine West.  We believe this collaboration with Marchon will further enhance Nine West’s powerful brand message in the global optical arena.”

Claudio Gottardi, Marchon Eyewear President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are very excited and proud to be embarking on this new license with Nine West.  We recognize their commitment to providing women with on-trend, high-quality products, and we believe this will be a fantastic addition to our ever-expanding global portfolio.  We are confident this partnership will be mutually beneficial.”

About The Jones Group Inc.The Jones Group logo

The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with best-in-class product expertise across five divisions: 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 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, B Brian Atwood (L), KG by Kurt Geiger, Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Jones Wear, Andrew Marc/Marc Moto (L), Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Dockers (L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon and Pappagallo.Marchon Logo 2-11

About Marchon Eyewear, Inc.

Marchon Eyewear, Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear. The company markets its products under prestigious brand names including:

Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Coach, Diane von Furstenberg, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Salvatore Ferragamo and Sean John.   Headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Venice, Marchon distributes its products through numerous local sales offices serving over 80,000 accounts in more than 100 countries.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements regarding the Company’s expected financial position, business and financing plans are forward-looking statements.  The words “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements also include representations of the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including:

  • those associated with the effect of national, regional and international economic conditions;
  • lowered levels of consumer spending resulting from a general economic downturn or lower levels of consumer confidence;
  • the tightening of the credit markets and the Company’s ability to obtain capital on satisfactory terms;
  • given the uncertain economic environment, the possible unwillingness of committed lenders to meet their obligations to lend to borrowers, in general;
  • the performance of the Company’s products within the prevailing retail environment;
  • customer acceptance of both new designs and newly-introduced product lines;
  • the Company’s reliance on a few department store groups for large portions of the Company’s business;
  • the Company’s ability to identify acquisition candidates and, in a competitive environment for such acquisitions, acquire such businesses on reasonable financial and other terms;
  • the integration of the organizations and operations of any acquired businesses into the Company’s existing organization and operations;
  • consolidation of the Company’s retail customers;
  • financial difficulties encountered by the Company’s customers;
  • the effects of vigorous competition in the markets in which the Company operates;
  • the Company’s ability to attract and retain qualified executives and other key personnel;
  • the Company’s reliance on independent foreign manufacturers, including political instability in countries where contractors and suppliers are located;
  • changes in the costs of raw materials, labor, advertising and transportation;
  • the general inability to obtain higher wholesale prices for the Company’s products that the Company has experienced for many years;
  • the Company’s ability to successfully implement new operational and financial computer systems; and
  • the Company’s ability to secure and protect trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

A further description of these risks and uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, including, but not limited to, the Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Disclosure and Item 1A-Risk Factors therein, and in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such expectations may prove to be incorrect.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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