FTS Apparel today announced that it has received an order from Finish Line to carry the company's "Flip the Switch" line of designer sports apparel.

This initial order will put the "Flip the Switch" product in more than 20 stores for the coming holiday season.

Finish Line is a leader in the athletic apparel industry with more than 400 stores nationwide, serving customers in 41 states. The company generated revenues of more than $330m for the first half of fiscal 2000, while producing net earnings of more than $10m. It also has over $50m cash on the balance sheet.

Lonell Morrison, men's apparel buyer for Finish Line, said: "FTS comes to the table with a fresh approach combined with a quality product that incorporates the details necessary to generate success at the retail level and fill a void in our mix."

FTS Apparel president, Roger Burnett, said: "As our brand continues to build momentum, it is imperative for us to align ourselves with forward-looking companies like Finish Line who understand where the industry is moving and are willing to take chances to stay ahead of that movement. The excitement of Finish Line further justifies our belief that we have created an interesting niche in an industry where everyone is searching for something new."

About FTS Apparel
FTS Apparel was formed by a group of ex-professional athletes in 1997. The company's "Flip the Switch" brand name was formed with the purpose of creating a nationally distributed apparel line that reflects a positive image, creates a niche in the designer/sports industry, and takes advantage of prevailing market trends. The company's products are available nationally at JC Penney, Finish Line, and other specialty retailers.

About Finish Line, Inc.
Finish Line is a leading athletic retailer specialising in brand name athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories. Known for its signature shoe wall, Finish Line works to provide customers with more styles and sizes of active footwear than any mall-based retailer. Finish Line began operations in 1976 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and at year end served customers in 41 states through 409 stores. www.finishline.com.