New Designers at The North Face to Enhance Company's Technically Innovative Products

Dec 13, 2000, 00:00 ET from The North Face

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The North Face, a subsidiary
 of VF Corporation (NYSE:   VFC), today announced the appointment of several
 designers in the company's Research Design and Development Department. These
 individuals bring to The North Face a combined 40 years of diverse design
 experience and support the company's dedication to creating the most
 innovative and technical products in the outdoor industry.
     Karen Lugossy DesJardins will return to The North Face as design director
 of Outerwear and Snowsports after spending four years at Marmot Mountain Ltd.
 As head designer of technical outerwear and fleece at Marmot, she developed
 the company's outerwear concepts, technical specifications, engineering
 elements and features. "As a designer, joining The North Face's RD&D team at
 this time is an exciting experience with unlimited opportunities," explains
 DesJardins. "The North Face is the most well known, technical outdoor apparel
 and equipment company in the outdoor industry, and I am eager to bring my
 experience back to the company and develop new technologies, designs and
 products into its authentic outerwear line."
     DesJardins brings to The North Face over 16 years of experience designing
 outerwear for various outdoor apparel companies. Prior to her position with
 Marmot, DesJardins designed The North Face's Extreme Gear (skiwear) and RTG
 (snowboard apparel) lines. DesJardins also consulted for Descente Ltd., a
 skiwear company based in Japan. She has also designed outerwear and skiwear
 for Hard Corps Sports, Club Couloir Actionwear Inc. and Mr. Jax Fashions Inc.
 Additionally, DesJardins owned her own business of skiwear design and
 manufacturing which was sold to Mr. Jax Fashions Inc. in 1987.
     The appointment of DesJardins accompanies the appointments of Jim Sadler
 as equipment designer, Robert Tuggle as Tekware(R) (sportswear) design
 director and Derek Patterson as graphic designer. Sadler founded
 Skunkworks, Inc. where he established material and manufacturing design
 services to action sports companies such as Billabong, Leedom and Franklin
 Climbing. Prior to his position at Skunkworks, Sadler was the snowboarding
 apparel and accessory designer and product manager at Burton Snowboards.
 Sadler's diverse knowledge of the outdoor adventure market as well as his
 knowledge of materials, manufacturing and product design will bring
 resourceful and innovative equipment concepts to The North Face line.
     As Tekware(R) design director, Tuggle will develop innovative
 athlete-tested technologies and designs into The North Face's sportswear line.
 Prior to joining The North Face, Tuggle was design director of men's and
 women's apparel at Columbia Sportswear Company. In this position, he was
 responsible for the direction and design of all Columbia's men's, women's and
 youth sportswear, golf apparel, and the Gear for Rugged Training (GRT) line.
 Prior to his position at Columbia, Tuggle designed and developed sportswear
 lines for Redsand beach volleyball apparel and Punch junior sportswear. Tuggle
 has also designed denim and collections for Paul D'avril, BUM Equipment and
 Unionbay. In August 1997, Tuggle received Outdoor Retailer's "Industry's Top
 Designers" award. In 1987, Tuggle earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design
 from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.
     As graphic designer, Patterson will design and manage the overall graphic
 development on The North Face's products. In particular, Patterson will focus
 on The North Face T-shirt business, apparel and equipment labels, and
 embroidery. Prior to this position, Patterson was an apparel and graphic
 designer for Signal apparel and UMBRO, and has also designed apparel artwork
 for Adidas. In these positions, Patterson developed textile fabrication,
 technical fabric elements, graphics, seasonal color palettes, fit, and overall
     "With the addition of Karen, Jim, Robert, and Derek to our design team we
 are more equipped than ever to design the best outdoor equipment and apparel."
 said Michael Egeck, president of The North Face. "These individuals each bring
 to The North Face specialized design talents and an overall knowledge of this
 industry that will become apparent in our technologies and styles moving
 forward. These valuable additions to our RD&D department reaffirm and promote
 The North Face's commitment to authenticity, technology and innovation of
 premier outdoor products."
     About The North Face
     The North Face, a subsidiary of VF Corp., was founded in 1966.
 Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most
 technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers,
 mountaineers, extreme skiers and explorers. The company's products are sold in
 specialty mountaineering, backpacking and skiing retailers, premium-sporting
 goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains. Additional
 information about The North Face can be found on the company's website,
     About VF Corporation
     With $5.6 billion in sales, VF Corporation is the world's largest apparel
 company and a leader in jeanswear, intimate apparel, knitwear, workwear,
 playwear, daypacks and swimwear. Its principal brands include Lee, Wrangler,
 Riders, Rustler, CHIC, Gitano, Vanity Fair, Vassarette, Bestform, Lily of
 France, Lee Sport, Healthtex, Jantzen, JanSport, Eastpak, Red Kap and The
 North Face.

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