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Xersion elevates JCPenney active wear assortment

Aug '08
J. C. Penney Company Inc announced the launch of Xersion, a new private brand offering the modern lifestyle customer a performance wear collection that delivers style and quality at a smart price.

Launching in JCPenney stores, online at jcp.com and in catalog this August just in time for the Olympics – Xersion will be available for both women and men, spanning apparel, footwear and accessories.

“Working out is an integral part of our customers' lives they demand a lot of themselves and their workout is no different.

Xersion was created with action and motion in mind for active men and women, with each item designed to include various features to make workouts more comfortable and effective,” said Ken Hicks, president and chief merchandising officer of JCPenney.

“With its fashionable style and superior performance features all at a smart price Xersion elevates our active wear assortment and provides modern customers another compelling reason to shop JCPenney.”

Xersion which was designed, developed and sourced by JCPenney will include performance wear tops, bottoms, jackets, footwear and socks along with sports bras and bra tanks for women.

Items in the collection will include elements such as moisture wicking or anti-microbial properties as well as features such as no chafe seams, reflective tape and concealed pockets for credit cards, keys or iPods.

For women, Xersion also offers built-in support tops as well as shorts with built-in shapewear. Overall, Xersion apparel fits snug to the body and continues to maintain its shape wear after wear.

To ensure customers can easily identify the best type of active wear for their workout, icons on the Xersion packaging will highlight the specific performance features of each item.

Xersion will also be available in woman and petite sizes and will later expand to include workout accessories such as gym bags.

Falling into JCPenney's “better” pricing category, Xersion will complement existing active wear brands at JCPenney such as SJB Active a “good” priced private brand for the traditional lifestyle customer as well as “best” priced national brands such as Nike and adidas for the modern lifestyle customer.

Along with back wall graphics, Xersion will be showcased in the store with mannequins featuring head-to-toe looks a first for JCPenney's active wear department.

Mannequins in the women's active wear department will stand on Olympic-style winner podiums.

The launch of the brand will is also being supported by direct mail, preprint, specialty catalog and Internet marketing.

J. C. Penney Company Inc

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