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Aeropostale Signs License Agreement With Himatsingka America For Home Textiles


October 8, 2015
By PRN NewsWire

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, today announced a domestic licensing agreement for home textiles with Himatsingka America. Under the licensing agreement, Himatsingka will design, manufacture and distribute home textiles such as bedding and bath linens using the Aeropostale label for department stores, big box retailers and wholesale channels across North America.

Julian R. Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of Aeropostale, stated, “We look forward to capitalizing on the power of the Aeropostale brand to expand our reach through new bedding and bath products. Himatsingka America has a strong portfolio of brands and proven track record, and we look forward to working with them to reach new customers across new channels.”

David Greenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Himatsingka America, stated, “We are excited to partner with a highly recognizable brand such as Aeropostale. We intend to engage Aeropostale’s vast customer base with an exciting new home offering. We share their passion for creative design and quality workmanship and look forward to a meaningful relationship.”

Under this agreement, Aeropostale’s expanded home collection is expected to be available during the Back to School 2016 season.

About Aeropostale, Inc.Aeropostale, Inc. is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale stores and website and 4 to 12 year-olds through its P.S. from Aeropostale stores and website. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high quality fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in an exciting and customer friendly store environment. Aeropostale maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise, other than in licensed stores. Aeropostale products can be purchased in Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale stores, in certain Aeropostale stores and online at www.ps4u.com and www.aeropostale.com. The Company currently operates 758 Aeropostale(R) stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 41 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 25 P.S. from Aeropostale(R) stores in 12 states. In addition, pursuant to various licensing agreements, the Company’s licensees currently operate 290 Aeropostale(R) and P.S. from Aeropostale(R) locations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Since November 2012, Aeropostale, Inc. has operated GoJane.com, an online women’s fashion footwear and apparel retailer. GoJane products can be purchased online at www.gojane.com.

To inquire about licensing opportunities with Aeropostale, Inc., please contact licensing@aeropostale.com.

About HimatsingkaThe Himatsingka Group is a vertically integrated home textile major with a global footprint. The Group focuses on the manufacture, retail and distribution of Home Textile products. On the manufacturing front, the Group operates amongst the largest capacities in the world for upholstery fabrics, drapery fabrics and bed linen products. Spread across Asia, Europe and North America, its retail and wholesale distribution divisions carry some of the most prestigious brands in the Home Textile space and cater to Private Label programs of major retailers across these geographies. Himatsingka’s portfolio of brands includes Barbara Barry, Beddit, Beekman 1802, Bellora, Calvin Klein, Desigual, Esprit, Kate Spade New York, Kelly Wearstler, Kravet, Lady Antebellum Heartland, Novogratz and Pimacott.

SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN “FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS” CONCERNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SALES, STORE OPENINGS, GROSS MARGINS, EXPENSES, STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND EARNINGS. ACTUAL RESULTS MIGHT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. AMONG THE FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO MATERIALLY DIFFER INCLUDE, CHANGES IN THE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS OR PRICING CHANGES BY OUR COMPETITORS, CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO A REDUCTION IN DISCRETIONARY CONSUMER SPENDING; SEASONALITY; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES AND IMPORT RESTRICTIONS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COMPANY’S DEBT ARRANGEMENTS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UNCERTAINTY RELATING TO THE COMPANY’S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS TURNAROUND STRATEGIES, AS WELL AS THE OTHER RISK FACTORS SET FORTH IN THE COMPANY’S FORM 10-K AND QUARTERLY REPORTS ON FORM 10-Q, FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Company Contact:Susan Lewis/VP, Investor & Media Relations(646) 364-0215 or slewis@aeropostale.com

Media Contact: Effie Veres, FTI Consulting(212) 850-5676

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