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Jones Group names EVP design

BY Staff Writer

New York — The Jones Group has named George Sharp EVP design, a newly created position. Sharp will report to Stefani Greenfield, chief creative officer, and will work across all brands.

"George is an exceptional talent who brings tremendous experience and knowledge to The Jones Group," said Stefani Greenfield, chief creative officer of The Jones Group. "He will work closely with all of our brands to ensure that great design leads the process by which our brands enter the market."

Sharp brings more than 25 years of creative experience to The Jones Group. Most recently he was the creative director and EVP design for St. John where he oversaw every aspect of the brand’s creative direction worldwide. He is credited with successfully drawing from the brand’s heritage and transforming St. John into a modern global lifestyle brand. Prior to St. John, Sharp was VP design for Ellen Tracy.

"I am thrilled to be joining The Jones Group at this exciting point in time," said Sharp. "I especially look forward to working under the dynamic leadership of Richard Dickson and Stefani Greenfield and supporting the company’s vision of transformation for the company."

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Kohl’s launches latest cause merchandising campaign

BY CSA STAFF

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl’s has launched its latest Kohl’s Cares campaign around the character of Skippyjon Jones, created by Judy Schachner.

Now through the end of September, Kohl’s will offer exclusive storybooks, "Skippyjon Jones," "Skippyjon Jones, Class Action," "Skippyjon Jones in the Dog House," "Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice" and "Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones, through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Hardcover editions, coordinating plush toys and an illustrated set of note cards are available at Kohl’s stores nationwide and online at Kohls.com for just $5 each, with 100% of the net profit benefitting children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.

"The thrilling tales of Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner belong in every family or classroom reading library. The stories empower children to reach for their goals and embrace their individuality while delivering laughs and smiles at an affordable price of only $5 each," said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s EVP and chief marketing officer. "Parents and educators can be assured their purchase of the Skippyjon Jones collection will provide more than just a great book in their collection, but will also support children’s health and education initiatives within their own community. The Kohl’s Cares program has raised more than $208 million over the past 12 years with the continued support of our compassionate customers."

Kohl’s Cares merchandise also includes items for adults including "Crock-pot Busy Family Recipes," "Eat This, Not That! for Kids!" and "Campbell’s Best-loved Recipes." Each cookbook is available for just $5.

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Payless widens larger shoe size offerings

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Payless is reaching out to women with uncommon shoe sizes by offering a wide range of popular styles for the summer season in size 11, 12 and 13 and in wide width options at prices as low as just $15 a pair.

"Today, a growing percentage of women wear shoes beyond size 10 and Payless is here to serve this increasing need," said LuAnn Via, president and CEO of Payless. "We’ve been recognized for years as a retailer that carries hard-to-find sizes, and today we continue to serve this growing group of shoppers with an expanded assortment for the summer season featuring a range of wedges, flats, sandals and pumps."

Among the 150 styles offered in size 11, 12 and 13 are peep-toe pumps, flats, sandals and sneakers.

"At Payless, we believe women with hard-to-find shoe sizes shouldn’t have to skimp on style, affordability or be inconvenienced when shopping for shoes. Our extended size footwear for women is available in stores across the nation and includes wardrobe essentials and popular silhouettes featuring the latest details and colors. Shoppers can count on us to deliver on this line season after season."

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