July 8, 2008
Cherokee Signs Agreement to Represent Refresh By Dr. Susan Evans
Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ: CHKE), a leading global licensor and brand management company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive representation agreement with skin care specialist and director of Dermatology at Cosmetic Physicians of Beverly Hills, Dr. Susan Evans, and her uniquely designed skin care line, Refresh Skin Care.
Dr. Susan Evans, a Beverly Hills Skin Care professional, has tailored her expertise towards treating many celebrity clients as well as patients from all over the United States with difficult pigmentation problems, mature acne, and post surgical scarring. She is recognized as the skin care doctor to the stars and has been featured in television programs and national magazines such as OK!, People Magazine, Health Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Star and on FOX, KTLA, and CBS. Dr. Evans has most recently been featured on E! Channel's hit medical show "Dr. 90210" sharing her medical proficiency with the world and influencing the lives around her on network television. Her skin care line, Refresh Skin Care, is regarded as one of the most effective and efficient skin care systems on the market.
"We look forward to our new partnership with the highly regarded and respected Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr Susan Evans. Her successful and proven skin care product Refresh Skin Care and strong celebrity following creates a very exciting platform for growth. We look forward to presenting this terrific opportunity to select retailers in this market," said Michael Zerah, Business Development Manager of Cherokee Inc.
Dr. Susan Evans stated, "We are very excited at the opportunity to work with Cherokee given their recent success both domestically and internationally. Refresh Skin Care will be a refreshing complement to the high standards that Cherokee delivers to the retail market. We now have the unique opportunity to further reach out and educate clients on effective skin management with the Refresh Skin Care System."
Larry Sass, Executive Vice President of Cherokee, added, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to represent the brand Refresh Skin Care by Dr. Susan Evans. As our retail network continues to expand domestically and internationally, in addition to licensing our own brands and representing other fashion and clothing brands, we will also focus on opportunities to represent other consumer product industries besides clothing and home brands, including HBA and electronics."
About Cherokee Inc.
Cherokee Inc., based in Van Nuys, is a marketer, licensor and manager of a variety of brands it owns (Cherokee, Sideout, Carole Little and others) and represents. Currently, Cherokee has licensing agreements in a number of categories, including family apparel, fashion accessories and footwear, as well as home furnishings and recreational products. Premier clients for the Cherokee brand around the world include Target Stores (U.S.), Tesco (U.K., Ireland and certain other European and Asian countries), Zellers (Canada), Pick 'n Pay (South Africa), Fawaz Al Hokair (Middle East), Grupo Pao de Acucar (Brazil), S.A.C.I. Falabella (Chile and Peru), Arvind Mills (India), Shufersal LTD. (Israel), Comercial Mexicana (Mexico) and Grupo Eroski (Spain). Premier clients for Cherokee's Sideout brand include Mervyn's (U.S.) and Shanghai Bolderway (China), and for Cherokee's Carole Little brands include TJX Companies (U.S., Canada and Europe). Cherokee also recently placed the Norma Kamali brand with Wal-Mart.
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