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Zale and Camuto Group Announce Exclusive Partnership for Diamond Fashion Jewelry under the Jessica Simpson Collection
Internationally known celebrity and designer will launch new diamond fashion jewelry collection available only at Zale's brands in October

DALLAS, Aug 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Zale Corporation (NYSE: ZLC) today announced it has entered into a new partnership with Jessica Simpson on the development of an exclusive collection of diamond fashion jewelry.

In addition to being an internationally known recording artist, actress and television personality, Jessica Simpson has established herself as one of today's most successful fashion designers. The Jessica Simpson Collection extends into 22 product categories including shoes, apparel, accessories, fragrances and more.

The Zale collection will feature a variety of beautiful new styles of rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets, available in a range of affordable price points. Simpson's collection will be offered exclusively in Zale Corporation stores throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

"I have always wanted to design fine jewelry and am very excited to launch a new collection exclusively at Zale," said Simpson. "Jewelry is a very personal expression that celebrates who you are and this collection is very much a reflection of who I am." Ms. Simpson continued, "With their expertise in diamonds, Zale is the perfect partner. I can't wait to bring beautiful diamond jewelry to women and girls everywhere as part of the Jessica Simpson Collection."

"We are thrilled to have Jessica Simpson join the Zale family," said Theo Killion, Zale Corporation Chief Executive Officer. "This is a partnership of two great brands. Jessica Simpson is an established designer brand with great awareness and millions of fans throughout the world, while Zale is one of the best known names in fine jewelry. We look forward to joining forces to provide our customers with an exciting new line capturing Jessica Simpson's unique design perspective."

"Today's jewelry customer is looking for contemporary, unique, one-of-a-kind, quality jewelry," Mr. Killion added. "The Jessica Simpson collection is an example of Zale's efforts to bring designer jewelry to today's modern customer."

The new Jessica Simpson jewelry collection is scheduled to arrive exclusively in Zales, Zales Outlet and Peoples stores in October, just in time for holiday gift giving.

About the Jessica Simpson Collection:

The Jessica Simpson Collection is inspired by and designed in collaboration with Jessica Simpson, entertainment, music and style icon. The collection reflects all that is modern Americana: it is iconic, fashion-forward, accessible, comfortable, timeless and affordable. The product offering spans 22 classifications -including footwear, outerwear, sunglasses, optical frames, handbags and handbag accessories, swimwear, perfume, belts, legwear, scarves/hats/wraps, jewelry, intimates, cold weather accessories, luggage, jeanswear, sportswear, fine diamond jewelry as well as tween footwear, coats and apparel. The collection, like Jessica herself, is classically familiar, approachable yet inspirational, sexy yet sweet, flirtatious and whimsical, vintage at times, but always of-the-moment. The Jessica Simpson collection is currently available in over 2,500 points of distribution globally and also online at http://www.JessicaSimpsonCollection.com.

About Camuto Group:

The Camuto Group is a leading organization for design, development and distribution of women's fashion footwear and is renowned for its ability to build women's lifestyle brands on a global scale. Camuto Group products are sold in over 5400 doors worldwide. The Camuto Group is the owner of the Vince Camuto and Arturo Chiang brands and is the master licensee for the Jessica Simpson Collection. The company also develops and manages several exclusive brands for Dillard's, and holds the footwear license for BCBGeneration, BCBG Max Azria, Lucky Brand and kensiegirl. The company's portfolio also includes the design and sourcing of footwear for Tory Burch as well as a partnership with the apparel lifestyle brand Sanctuary.

About Zale Corporation:

Zale Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of diamonds and other jewelry products in North America, operating approximately 1,845 retail locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online. Zale Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Gordon's Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and Piercing Pagoda. Zale also operates online at http://www.zales.com, http://www.zalesoutlet.com, http://www.gordonsjewelers.com, http://www.peoplesjewellers.com and http://www.pagoda.com. Additional information on Zale Corporation and its brands is available at http://www.zalecorp.com.

SOURCE: Zale Corporation

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