Nautica Enterprises Inc today announced that it has promoted Joe Krafka to president of Earl Jean Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company acquired in April 2001, and has opened an Earl Jean retail store in Soho.

Joe Krafka joined Earl Jean three years ago as chief operating officer and sales director and most recently held the position of vice president of sales. He will oversee all global operations of Earl Jean and report to Harvey Sanders, chairman, president and chief executive of Nautica Enterprises Inc.

Prior to joining Earl Jean in 1998, Joe was vice president and general manager of the "GENE" division at Mossimo Inc. Joe replaces Benjamin Freiwald who has decided to pursue other interests.

In another move, Bonnie Takhar has been promoted to managing director of Earl Jean Europe, a newly-created position, and will report to Joe Krafka. She previously held the title of vice president of sales of Earl Jean Europe. In her new role, Bonnie will be responsible for overseeing the growth and expansion of the Earl Jean brand in key European markets and will focus on developing new and existing specialty retail accounts. Approximately one-half of Earl Jean products are sold internationally.

Prior to joining Earl Jean in 1999, Bonnie held the title of sales director at the Nicole Farhi Group from 1998 to 1999, and before that, was a sales manager at Donna Karan International Inc from 1996 to 1998.

The company also announced the opening of the first free-standing Earl Jean retail store in New York City's Soho area. The store showcases Earl Jean's expanded product offerings and line extensions including footwear, accessories, belts and handbags.

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