Gadzooks, Inc. (Nasdaq: GADZ) announced that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Von Dutch Originals. Under the terms of the agreement, Von Dutch Originals agrees to design exclusive apparel, swimwear, shoes and accessories for Gadzooks for a term of eighteen months. Gadzooks will offer this exclusive assortment under the Von Dutch Originals label in Gadzooks' 400 plus specialty retail stores beginning in November 2003. The Von Dutch assortment will retail from $16.00 to $89.00. The name Von Dutch is derived from the late Kenneth Howard, a California legend credited for his artistic craftsmanship ability and custom painted pin stripes and flame designs on cars. Over a decade later, the name Von Dutch has become an icon for celebrities and rock stars on the streets of Hollywood. Von Dutch expresses individuality and freedom of expression, hence the signature logo, "the flying eyeball." Commenting on behalf of Gadzooks, President and Chief Merchandising Officer Paula Masters stated, "We are very excited about our new partnership with Von Dutch and connection with this high profile brand. The exclusivity agreement was an obvious decision for us, the brand is perfect for Gadzooks simply because it speaks to today's youth and stands for the freedom to express the different you's, which is what the Gadzooks Girl is all about." Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Von Dutch, Tonny Sorensen stated, "We look forward to working with such an energetic company such as Gadzooks. We are confident that the exclusive youth collection designed by our own Christian Audigier, will be an enticing addition to the current Gadzooks brand assortment." Dallas-based Gadzooks is a national mall-based retailer of clothing, accessories, shoes, fragrances and cosmetics for confident and energetic 16-22 year-old girls. Gadzooks currently operates 412 Gadzooks stores and three Orchid stores, for a total of 415 stores in 41 states. Gadzooks owns and operates www.gadzooks.com , an interactive site for girls to visit on the web. Von Dutch Originals, a Los Angeles-based denim label inspired by the legendary hot rod customizer "Von Dutch", manufactures men's and women's apparel, jewelry and accessories. Von Dutch distributes throughout Europe, Canada and Japan and wholesales to over 700 retailers domestically. The Von Dutch Flagship store and Corporate Headquarters are both located at 7521 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. For more information visit www.vondutch.com
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