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Castanea Partners Announces Investment In Betsey Johnson

Makes Majority Control Investment in Premium Women’s Fashion Brand

Newton, MA - September 12, 2007 - Castanea Partners announced today that it has made a majority control investment in Betsey Johnson, a women’s fashion brand.

Founded in 1978, Betsey Johnson is a designer, marketer, retailer and wholesaler of premium women’s contemporary apparel, accessories and related products under the Betsey Johnson brand. Betsey Johnson markets and sells its products primarily through nearly 50 company owned retail stores and its website (www.betseyjohnson.com), as well as through over 600 specialty boutiques and better department stores. In addition, the Company licenses, under the Betsey Johnson brand, a portfolio of merchandise including handbags, footwear, lingerie, jewelry and fragrances among several others. Betsey Johnson is headquartered in New York, NY.

Castanea will support the Company as it continues strengthening the distinctive Betsey Johnson brand, expanding its retail footprint and building its licensing business. Founders, Chantal Bacon and Betsey Johnson, will continue in their current roles as CEO and Creative Director, respectively.

“Castanea’s lengthy operating experience in premium consumer brands made them our preferred choice when it came to selecting a financial partner,” said Chantal Bacon, CEO of Betsy Johnson.

“Betsey Johnson is a terrific investment opportunity that fits our strategy well,” said Robert Smith, co-managing partner of Castanea. “The team has been very successful in building a distinctive brand and the Company is now at a stage in its development where our operating experience and capabilities will add value in pursuing its growth potential.”

About Castanea Partners
Castanea Partners is a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market companies in publishing, education, training, consumer brands, specialty retail, and marketing services. The firm has extensive operating and private equity investment experience in these sectors and, working closely with management, seeks to optimize business performance and realize attractive returns.

Castanea participates in leveraged buyouts, growth and acquisition equity investments, and operationally challenging situations. Castanea is currently investing from its third fund, a $575 million fund that targets companies with enterprise values up to $150 million.

More information about Castanea Partners is available at www.castaneapartners.com.

Castanea Contact
Marion Schouten
617 630 2420



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