Eddie Bauer Introduces Stain Release Benefits to Khakis With Nano-Tex(R) for Men

Company Also Introduces Updated Pant Fits for Men and Women

Sep 07, 2006, 01:00 ET from Eddie Bauer

    REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Eddie Bauer is pleased to
 introduce stain release benefits in its Khakis with Nano-Tex for men. Stain
 release has been added to the wrinkle- and stain- resistant benefits of its
 Khakis with Nano-Tex. Known for product innovation and the use of quality
 materials, Eddie Bauer was the first brand to employ Nano-Tex in its
 designs in 2002. Since then the patented, stain and wrinkle resistant
 cotton has become a wardrobe staple.
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     Smooth and crisp right from the dryer, the Nano-Tex enhanced fabric
 adds both durability and quality to the garment as it features superior
 fade resistance, and no soaking or pre-treatment is needed to release
 stains. Eddie Bauer's new Khakis with Nano-Tex provide the perfect balance
 of comfort, quality and style.
     "Our founder, Eddie Bauer was known for product innovation and for
 meeting customer needs. It is in this spirit that we introduce our new
 Nano-Tex khakis," notes Stephen Cirona, vice president of design. "As
 today's Eddie Bauer consumer is active in all areas of his life, this new
 advanced fabrication with stain release allows him to live actively and
 look good while doing it."
     "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Eddie Bauer, our first
 retail partner to employ Nano-Tex in its designs in 2002, said James
 Curley, chief executive officer of Nano-Tex. The addition of stain release
 benefits in Eddie Bauer Khakis with Nano-Tex make sure customers maintain a
 great look all day long, no matter what they encounter."
     Building on its reputation for great fits, updated pants fits have been
 added for men and women. For men, new pants styles include Classic Fit,
 Relaxed Fit and Slim Fit. All pants feature improved fit, feel and
 appearance and are available in Regular and Long Rise with custom hemming
 for short, regular and tall inseams up to 37".
     -- Classic Fit:  Sits at waist, straight through seat and thigh, slightly
        tapered leg.
     -- Relaxed Fit:  Sits below waist, relaxed through seat and thigh,
        straight leg.
     -- Slim Fit:  Sits below waist, fitted through seat and thigh, straight
     For women, the company has added new styles to its successful Vashon
 Fit, Mercer Fit, Blakely Fit and Bremerton Fit. Casual, comfortable and
 versatile, all styles are available through the catalog or eddiebauer.com
 in Petite and Tall with select styles offered in Woman 16w - 24w.
     -- Vashon Fit:  Sits slightly below the waist, straight through the hip
        and thigh.
     -- Mercer Fit:  Sits at the waist, eased through the hip and thigh.
     -- Blakely Fit:  Sits at the waist, one size smaller in waist than hip,
        eased through the hip and thigh.
     -- Bremerton Fit:  Sits above the waist, fuller through the hip and thigh.
     Eddie Bauer's men's Nano-Tex pants and new pants styles for men and
 women can be found Eddie Bauer stores nationwide, through the catalog
 (1-800-426-8020) and at eddiebauer.com.
     Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer
 that sells high quality casual sportswear and accessories for the "modern
 outdoor lifestyle." The Company believes the Eddie Bauer brand is a
 nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style
 and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately
 380 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales
 and online at www.eddiebauer.com and www.eddiebaueroutlet.com. The Company
 also participates in joint venture partnerships in Japan and Germany and
 has licensing agreements across a variety of product categories. Eddie
 Bauer employs approximately 10,000 part-time and full-time associates in
 the United States and Canada, and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
     About Nano-Tex
     Nano-Tex is a leading fabric innovation company providing
 nanotechnology- based textile enhancements to the apparel and commercial
 and residential interiors markets. Nano-Tex is headquarterd in Emeryville,
 Calif., with operations across the United States, Asia and Europe. To date,
 more than 80 textile mills worldwide are utilizing Nano-Tex treatments in
 products sold by more than 100 leading apparel and commercial interior
 brands. Products with Nano-Tex enhancements are sold throughout North
 America, Asia and Europe. www.nano-tex.com.
     This press release contains forward-looking statements. In some cases,
 you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may,"
 "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes,"
 "estimates," "predicts," "intends," "potential" and similar expressions.
 All of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are
 based on estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates
 and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known factors.
 Although we believe such estimates and assumptions are reasonable, they are
 inherently uncertain and involve risks and uncertainties. In addition,
 management's assumptions about future events may prove to be inaccurate. We
 caution you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press
 release are not guarantees of future events, and we cannot assure you that
 such statements will be realized. In all likelihood, actual results will
 differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements as a
 result of a variety of factors, including our inability to hire, retain and
 train key personnel; delays in enhancement of our disclosure controls and
 procedures; our inability to revitalize Eddie Bauer as a premium quality
 brand; changes in general economic conditions, consumer confidence and
 consumer spending patterns; risks associated with legal and regulatory
 matters; risks associated with rising energy costs; risks associated with
 reliance on information technology; challenges as a result of our
 involvement in the Spiegel bankruptcy process; the diversion of
 management's attention from operations while establishing post-emergence
 infrastructure and evaluating strategic alternatives; our inability to
 improve profitability of our retail stores, catalogs and website
 operations; our inability to source our requirements from our current
 sourcing agents; a significant disruption in our back-end operations; the
 inability of our joint venture partners to operate our joint ventures
 effectively; our inability to protect our trademarks and other proprietary
 intellectual property rights; unseasonable or severe weather conditions;
 our inability to use our net operating losses to reduce taxes and the other
 risk factors set forth in the Company's filings under the Exchange Act of
 1934, as amended. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to
 update any of these forward-looking statements.
     Lisa Erickson

SOURCE Eddie Bauer