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JEAN GARIEPY JOINS FRUIT OF THE LOOM, INC. AS PRESIDENT, EUROPE

 CHICAGO, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Fruit of the Loom (AMEX: FTL), one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of basic family apparel announced today that Jean Gariepy, 44, has been appointed to the position of President, Europe. Jean will assume his responsibilities immediately and report to John Holland, president and chief operating officer.
 "We are extremely pleased to have Jean join the management team at Fruit of the Loom to expand our European operations," said William Farley, chairman and chief executive officer of Fruit of the Loom. He added, "With twenty years of packaged goods experience in Europe and the U.S., Jean is intimately aware of the issues that come with the international marketplace. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the apparel industry that will serve Fruit of the Loom well as we expand our global markets."
 Prior to joining Fruit of the Loom, Jean served in Europe for three years as president of Sara Lee Knit Products where he had overall responsibility for Western and Eastern Europe as well as Northern Africa. Between 1980-1990, Jean had steadily increasing responsibilities with Bali, which culminated in his being named president of this US Division of Sara Lee Corp. Jean also served as vice president, marketing of the Canadelle-Wonderbra Division located in Canada.
 Jean is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal where he earned Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees.
 Jean and his family will relocate to England this fall.
 Fruit of the Loom is a vertically integrated international manufacturer and marketer of quality activewear and casualwear for the imprinted and retail markets, men's and boys' underwear and women's and girls' underwear. The company holds the leading market share position in men's and boys' underwear and activewear tee-shirts, and a significant position in ladies' and girls' underwear, fleece and socks. Fruit of the Loom employs approximately 34,000 people in over 50 locations worldwide. Principal brand names include FRUIT OF THE LOOM(R), BVD(R), SCREEN STARS(R) and MUNSINGWEAR(R). The company is also a leading manufacturer of infants' and toddlers' underwear and family socks, using the FRUIT OF THE LOOM brand name. All Fruit of the Loom products are "unconditionally guaranteed."
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 /CONTACT: Mark Steinkrauss, VP-Investor Relations of Fruit of the Loom, 312-993-1889, or fax 312-993-1783/
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