Comfort shoe maker RG Barry has appointed Jerry Hemphill as brand president for the Terrasoles slipper features line, which it is relaunching.

Hemphill was most recently national sales manager for Phoenix Footwear's Softwalk division and before that served as key account manager for Easy Spirit Shoes, a Jones Apparel segment.

"We are pleased that Jerry is joining our team, and we believe that his experience and knowledge will be valuable assets in making the Terrasoles project a success," said Thomas JZ Konecki, RG Barry's senior VP sales and business development.

The company plans to launch the Terrasoles brand for autumn 2007. The line will be sold through full-price independent shoe and specialty stores, catalogues and internet merchants.

The latest appointment follows the naming of James L Faulkner to VP and channel manager for the brand in June this year.

RG Barry recently reported a 47% jump in first-quarter net earnings, which it attributed to good retailer relationships.