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Castanea Partners Appoints Javan Bunch as CEO of Donald J Pliner

Newton, MA – July 11, 2016 – Castanea Partners announced today that Javan Bunch has joined Donald J Pliner, its portfolio investment in luxury footwear and accessories, as Chief Executive Officer.

"Javan brings a wealth of strategic and organizational leadership capabilities, having spent many years as an experienced and highly successful merchandiser and brand builder in the luxury footwear sector," said Brian Knez, Managing Partner of Castanea. "We look forward to working closely with Javan as he leads the company through its next stage of development."

Prior to joining Donald J Pliner, Javan was Executive Vice President of global merchandising and domestic wholesale for footwear, handbags, and accessories at Tory Burch LLC. Prior to that, Javan was Senior Vice President of licensed businesses and domestic wholesale at Coach, Inc., where he was responsible for merchandising and design of shoes, eyewear, watches, and fragrance. Additionally, he has held senior management positions at The Camuto Group, Isabella Fiore, and Joan and David. Javan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

"I am excited to join Donald J Pliner, a brand synonymous with craftsmanship in men's and women's luxury footwear and accessories," said Javan Bunch. "I look forward to building on its legacy to further develop a compelling brand and product story for our customers."

Noel Hord, Donald J Pliner's former CEO, intends to assume a non-executive director seat on the company's board. "Noel helped successfully re-position and strengthen the brand over the last four years and we look forward to his continued contribution to the company as a Director," said Brian Knez.

About Donald J Pliner

The Donald J Pliner Company was founded in 1989 by distinguished footwear designer Donald J Pliner. The brand is known for its combination of fashion, fit and comfort that embodies each design. The company's products are sold nationwide in select specialty stores and upscale department stores and the collection is also available at the company's retail stores and on donaldjpliner.com.

About Castanea

Castanea Partners is a middle-market consumer-focused private equity firm founded by operating executives and private equity professionals. We partner with promising small to middle-market companies in branded consumer products and services, including companies in specialty apparel and fashion, footwear and accessories, beauty and personal care, food and beverage, sporting goods, outdoor and leisure, household and juvenile products, and health and wellness. Castanea typically invests between $15M-$150M of equity in businesses where we have significant operating and investing expertise. Castanea has approximately $1B under management and is currently investing from a $600 million fourth fund. More information about Castanea Partners is available at www.castaneapartners.com.

Contacts

Marion Schouten
Castanea Partners
617 630 2420
mschouten@castaneapartners.com

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