David Peyser Sportswear, Inc. acquires Junior Gallery, Ltd.

David Peyser Sportswear, Inc., parent of Weatherproof and MV Sport, today announced the acquisition of Junior Gallery, Ltd., a designer and wholesaler of women’s coats and outerwear.

“We are excited to be adding Junior Gallery to the David Peyser Sportswear family of companies,” said Eliot Peyser, Chief Executive Officer.  “Junior Gallery is a leading brand name of women’s coats and outerwear with an unparalleled track record of brand recognition, dedication to consumer value and a relentless pursuit of quality — all attributes that we have been committed to for over 64 years.”

Susan Maroney has been named president of Junior Gallery effective March 15th.  Ms. Maroney is a retail industry veteran, having spent over 20 years at May Merchandising with her most recent position as Divisional Vice President for Coats, Dresses and Suits. Ms. Maroney brings an impressive managerial background in both the retail and wholesale industries to the company.  Additionally, Susan spent two and a half years at Gallery as a Merchandise Manager prior to her leadership role at a non-profit.

“I look forward to returning to Gallery in this new role and leading our team in continuing the formidable tradition of Gallery” said Ms. Maroney.  “Operating under the David Peyser Sportswear umbrella makes this opportunity even more intriguing.”

Mr. Peyser added, “We are thrilled to be adding the Junior Gallery team – which we view as second to none – to David Peyser Sportswear and to bringing on board Susan Maroney, a consummate industry veteran, to lead the business.  Ms. Maroney’s strong skill-set combined with an excellent team already in place leaves us with confidence that Junior Gallery’s best days lie ahead.”

Junior Gallery will remain in its current offices at463 Seventh Avenue and will be operated as an independent division of David Peyser Sportswear, Inc.

Allan Ellinger, Senior Managing Partner of MMG and advisor to Junior Gallery, added, “This has all the makings of a successful acquisition.  David Peyser Sportswear can leverage its expertise in sourcing, marketing and its retail relationships to successfully grow the Junior Gallery business and to establish itself as one of the largest resources in men’s and women’s outerwear.”

Marketing Management Group, a New York based investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Junior Gallery.  Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP served as legal advisor to Junior Gallery in connection with this transaction.  Platzer, Swergold, Karlin, Levine, Goldberg & Jaslow LLP served as legal advisor to David Peyser Sportswear in connection with the transaction.

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