Kayser-Roth Corporation, an affiliate of the Golden Lady Group, today announced that it had purchased the HUE Legwear brand name from Leslie Fay. HUE Legwear is the US's second leading casual legwear resource and is sold exclusively in major department and specialty stores nationwide.

Commenting on the acquisition, Kevin Toomey, president and CEO of Kayser-Roth said: "The purchase of the HUE Legwear name gives us the ability to be an even stronger power in the legwear industry. We intend to take full advantage of this opportunity to build on the excellent relationships we already have in this vital business."

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to own and expand the HUE name. During the past two years, the brand has had much success and this will enable us to take HUE to the next level. We will leverage the combination of our sales and marketing strengths, design leadership, and state of the art manufacturing to build on the momentum of this brand," said Julia Townsend, vice president and general manager of Kayser-Roth's department and specialty store group.

Since its inception in 1978, HUE Legwear has been synonymous with colour, fashion and innovation in the industry. A recognised legwear leader, HUE Legwear established many "firsts" in the industry. HUE Legwear is the fastest growing brand in department and specialty stores. The acquisition of the HUE Legwear name underscores Kayser-Roth's commitment to increase growth in the department and specialty store upper-tier class of trade. The purchase price was not disclosed.

About Kayser-Roth
Kayser-Roth is the second largest legwear manufacturer and distributor in the United States. Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, Kayser-Roth operates four plants and two distribution centres in North Carolina and Tennessee. Kayser-Roth produces No nonsense Pantyhose and socks and legwear products under the Calvin Klein Hosiery and HUE Legwear names. Other products include Burlington Hosiery and Burlington Socks, Timberland Casual Socks and PrimaSport as well as private label programs for major retailers. Kayser-Roth is owned by the Golden Lady Group in Mantova, Italy.