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R.G. BARRY CORPORATION ELECTS LEE ABRAHAM DIRECTOR

 PICKERINGTON, Ohio, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Zacks, chairman of the board, R.G. Barry Corporation (AMEX: RGB), today announced the appointment of Lee Abraham, 65, former chairman, chief executive officer of Associated Merchandising Corporation, to the footwear firm's board of directors.
 Abraham will replace Allan J. Bloostein, 63, an independent retail and marketing consultant, who joined the board in 1987 and retired for personal reasons.
 Abraham currently serves on the board of directors of Liz Claiborne, women's ready-to-wear, and as a director on the board of Galey & Lord Inc., textile manufacturing, and as a Trustee on the Shearson-Lehman Income Funds and Shearson-Lehman Equity Funds Board.
 Abraham is also a member of the U.S./Hong Kong Economic Cooperation committee, a group of leading business executives devoted to further improving trade relations between the U.S. and Hong Kong as well as supporting multilateral trading systems to promote world economic growth. He was among the first Americans to enter and develop successful business relationships in China. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Retail Industry Trade Action Coalition, a group dedicated to opposing barriers to "Fair Trade," and on the Board of Governors of Parsons School of Design.
 "Lee Abraham is widely respected throughout the world as a great merchant and retailer," said Zacks. "His extensive global experience will make Lee an invaluable addition to our board as we accelerate the growth of our international business," Zacks said.
 At the corporation's annual meeting held today in Pickerington, Ohio, shareholders approved the election of three directors for terms of three years each, namely:
 Zacks, 60, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president, R.G. Barry Corporation, and a director continuously since 1959.
 Christian Galvis, 51, executive vice president-operations, R.G. Barry Corporation, appointed to the board in 1992.
 Charles E. Ostrander, 44, executive vice president-sales and marketing, R.G. Barry Corporation, appointed to the board in 1992.
 Shareholders also approved amendments to the corporation's 1988 Stock Option Plan and Employee Stock Purchase Plan, increasing the number of common shares available in each Plan, and ratified the selection of KPMG Peat Marwick as independent public accountants for 1993.
 R.G. Barry Corporation manufactures and markets soft washable slippers and footwear for at home and around the home wear. Principal channels of distribution are major department stores and promotional department stores, national chains, national discounters and women's specialty stores.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Drummond, vice president of communications, media; or Richard Burrell, senior vice president of finance, investors; both of R.G. Barry Corporation, 614-864-6400/
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