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Kellwood: Kellwood Company (NYSE), headquarters in St. Louis Missouri, is a leading marketer of apparel and consumer soft goods. Our brands are designed to meet and exceed our consumers needs and expectations. Specializing in branded products, the Company markets to all channels of distribution with products and brands tailored to the specific channel.

Kellwood (NYSE: KWD) is a $2.4 billion marketer of apparel and consumer soft goods. Kellwood specializes in branded as well private label products, and markets to all channels of distribution with product specific to a particular channel. Kellwood brands include Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Sag Harbor, Koret, Jax, David Dart, Democracy, David Meister, Dorby, My Michelle, Briggs New York, Northern Isles, David Brooks, Kelty, and Sierra Designs. Calvin Klein, XOXO, IZOD, Dockers, Liz Claiborne Dresses and Suits, Gerber, Slates and Bill Burns are produced under licensing agreements. For more information, visit www.kellwood.com.

2005 Robert C. Skinner, Jr. appointed Kellwood chairman in addition to his responsibilities as president and chief executive officer.
David Brooks, Dotti and Biflex Intimates Group sold.
Performance 2010 Introduced.
2004 Kellwood signs a licensing agreement with Oscar de la Renta to design and market O Oscar
, a Moderately-Priced Women's Sportswear line.
Phat Fashions, LLC and its prized Phat Farm
and Baby Phat
brands acquired.
2003 Robert C. Skinner, Jr. appointed Kellwood president and chief operating officer.
Briggs New York Corp. acquired.
Kellwood to develop Calvin Klein Women's Better Sportswear Collection.
2002 Gerber Childrenswear, Inc. and Auburn Hosiery Mills, Inc. acquired.
Kellwood signs seven-year agreement to supply Casual Male Stores.
Kellwood to develop IZOD Women's Sportswear Collection.
2001 Kellwood commemorates its 40th year in business. The Company puts a fresh face on the new identity of Kellwood.
2000 Kellwood acquires Biflex International, Inc.; Romance du Jour, Inc.; Dorby Frocks, Ltd.; and Group B Clothing Company (known for its Democracy
line of sportswear).
Kellwood partners with plus-size supermodel Emme to create a clothing line for women sizes 10-24.
1999 Koret, Inc. and Fritzi California, Inc. acquired.
Hal J. Upbin named chairman in addition to his responsibilities as president and chief executive officer.
1997 Encouraging inroads are made across the four major components of the Vision 2000 initiative.

Information Systems Base Services and Integrated Business Systems

Warehousing, Distribution and Logistics

Supplier Management

Financial Process Improvement
1996 Hal Upbin launches his Vision 2000 initiative to create a new Kellwood for the 21st Century.
1995 Home Fashions Division sold.
Halmode Apparel, Inc. and David Dart, Inc. acquired.
Kathie Lee
line launched.
Hal J. Upbin appointed president and chief operating officer.
1994 Three-for-two stock split.
Acquired Goodman Knitting Company, Inc. (now called Northern Isles), Dotti and Sierra Designs.
1993 Kellwood sales climb over $1 billion.
California Ivy, Inc. (Now Ivy) acquired.
A.J. Brandon, Inc. acquired.
1991 D
corp, Inc. acquired.
1990 Crowntuft Manufacturing Corp. and Slumberjack Inc. acquired.
1989 American Recreation Products, Inc. acquired.
1988 Robert Scott Ltd. Inc., David Brooks Ltd. Inc. and Andrew Harvey Ltd. acquired.
1987 Three-for-two stock split.
Parsons Place Apparel (now Sag Harbor), E Z Sportswear (now Melrose) and En Chant
Inc. (now ENC) acquired.
1986 Two-for-one stock split.
1985 Cape Cod-Cricket Lane (now Cricket Lane) acquired.
1983 Kellwood acquires balance of Smart Shirts.
1982 William J. McKenna joins Kellwood as president and chief operating officer to direct company's efforts to become an apparel marketing company.
1980 Kellwood acquires nearly a half-interest in Smart Shirts Limited of Hong Kong. Company recognizes need to become a marketing versus manufacturing-oriented company.
1973 Trading of Kellwood stock begins on NYSE. Formerly traded OTC.
1969 Two-for-one stock split.
1966 Kellwood headquarters moves from Chicago, Ill. to St. Louis, MO.
1964 Fred W. Wenzel named chairman and chief executive officer.
1961 Fifteen independent suppliers of soft goods to Sears, Roebuck and Co. merged to form Kellwood Company. The new company had 22 plants in 10 states and 7,000 employees. Combined net sales were $86.1 million with earnings of $1.9 million. Product lines included a wide variety of apparel, camping equipment and bedding. Taking its name from two former Sears
executives, Charles H. Kellstadt and Robert E. Wood, Kellwood incorporated as a Delaware corporation on August 28. Executive offices were established in Chicago.

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