RG Barry Brands Adds Development/Sourcing Capability To Existing Handbag Platform

Apr 02, 2013, 08:00 ET from R.G. Barry Corporation

PICKERINGTON, Ohio, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Accessory products marketer R.G. Barry Corporation (Nasdaq: DFZ) announced today it has integrated the operations of its former China-based sourcing agent into its baggallini business unit.

The integration brings the extensive expertise of the privately-owned sourcing entity in all phases of handbag development, sourcing and supply to RG Barry's internal handbag-business platform.

As part of the transaction, RG Barry also acquired the principal working assets of the Hong Kong-based Mosey Co., Ltd., and the Mosey consumer fashion handbag brand.

"From a purely strategic standpoint, this is an exciting addition to our growing handbag coalition and to our future," said R.G. Barry Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Tunney. "It institutionalizes within our business a wealth of expertise in sourcing a product category that we expect to grow to the size of our accessory footwear business within the next 3-to-5 years."

"This action adds significant core strength, experience and knowledge to our current China-based sourcing team, while reducing duplication and costs within our handbag sourcing model," he said.

"Functions in both China and Portland that fall under this transaction will be consolidated within our existing baggallini operations," added R.G. Barry Corporation Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer Jose Ibarra. "As with our past acquisitions, RG Barry will benefit from backroom synergies. We expect all functions to be fully integrated by our fiscal year-end."

The transaction was completed for $1.2 million cash.

About RG Barry RG Barry develops great accessories brands that provide fashionable, solution-oriented products that touch consumers. Our primary brands include: Dearfoams slippers dearfoams.com; baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories baggallini.com; and Foot Petals premium insoles and comfort products footpetals.com.  To learn more, visit us at rgbarry.com.

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