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CAROLYN SWEARENGIN NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MERCHANDISING, AT EDDIE BAUER INC.

 REDMOND, Wash., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Eddie Bauer Inc. announced today that Carolyn Swearengin has been promoted to senior vice president, merchandising.
 In her new capacity, Swearengin will oversee all retail and mail- order merchandising functions for Eddie Bauer's Menswear, Womenswear, Home, All Week Long, Hardware, Footwear, Sportshop, Merchandising and Operations, Product Development and Global Sourcing divisions.
 Swearengin has been with Eddie Bauer for two years, having joined the company in 1991 as vice president and general merchande manager of the Womenswear and All Week Long divisions.
 "I am delighted that Carolyn will be playing such a key role in our merchandising efforts," commented Rick Fersch, Eddie Bauer's president. "It is a challenging task, but I have no doubt that Carolyn's talent, vision and impressive track record will help continue the significant growth and success Eddie Bauer has enjoyed over the past couple of years."
 Swearengin's considerable retail expertise is based on a long and varied career in the industry. Before moving to Eddie Bauer, she was president of Thimbles, an East Coast specialty retailer. Prior to that, she was vice president and general merchandise manager of Hartmarx Corp.'s corporate women's merchandising division, which supported nine separate Hartmarx companies.
 Previous to her tenure at Hartmarx, Swearengin served as vice president of women's apparel at Stewarts, a division of Associated Dry Goods, and as merchandise manager of Woolfe Brothers in Kansas City. Swearengin began her career at Bonwit Teller and Nieman Marcus.
 Swearengin is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She lives in Seattle.
 Redmond-based Eddie Bauer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spiegel Inc. (NASDAQ: SPGLA), and is a leading specialty retailer of private- label clothing, accessories and home furnishings for the casual lifestyle.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Peck of Eddie Bauer, 206-882-6754/
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