EZsize, the apparel size and fit recommendation engine, today announced that it has signed a 3-year exclusive agreement with Gap. Gap will begin testing the EZsize Smart-Fit System and work towards implementing the tool on its Banana Republic, Old Navy and Gap websites.

"We believe in providing the best online experience for our customers. This new sizing and fit tool will make it easier for customers to shop for apparel online and in turn could reduce customer returns and exchanges," said Ron Beegle, executive vice president, Gap Direct.

"One of the top concerns for online customers buying apparel is finding the correct size and fit," said Jeffrey Roth, president and CEO of EZsize. "The EZsize Smart-Fit System will significantly increase consumer confidence in purchasing clothes that fit. Our sizing and fit tool not only increases customers' comfort level with buying clothes that fit, but will also increase sales and minimise the need for returns."

Customers will be able to access EZsize size and fit recommendations while shopping for themselves or when buying gifts for family and friends.

Customer body measurements are captured through various methods including "traditional" body measurement data input using a tape measure, through EZsize Smart-Sizing Pavilions in shopping malls and key retail stores with 3D body imaging technology and through a virtual closet of the consumer's current wardrobe. These measurements are then matched to garment specifications and the consumer is then provided with size and fit recommendations for any given style of garment they wish to purchase.

EZsize already has agreements to implement The EZsize Smart-Fit System with a large number of national retailers and brand manufacturers, including Saks Fifth Avenue, AnnTaylor and Esprit. According to Forrester Research and The Yankee Group, The EZsize Smart-Fit System will dramatically boost consumer confidence in purchasing apparel through direct channels - and will double online revenue projections for the direct apparel market.

About Gap
Gap is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brand names. Gap operates more than 3,400 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Germany with 1999 sales exceeding $11.6bn. In the United States, customers also may shop the company's Online Stores at Gap.com, BananaRepublic.comand OldNavy.com.

About EZsize
The multi-channel EZsize Smart-Fit System is currently being integrated into the product offerings of a large number of prominent apparel retailers and merchandisers and will become available to consumers during Fall 2000. Based in New York, the company is supported by prominent investors - including Clayton, Dubilier & Rice's Grosvenor Street Partners III, LLC; Vulcan Technology Partners; Easton Hunt Capital Partners, L.P., a few senior executives of Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter; and the New York Stock Exchange-listed Leucadia Investment Corporation.