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WET SEAL APPOINTS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 WET SEAL APPOINTS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
 AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
 IRVINE, Calif., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Women's fashion retailer The Wet Seal Inc. (NASDAQ: WTSLA) has appointed Edmond Thomas executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced Kathy Bronstein, president and chief executive officer.
 Thomas had been president and chief operating officer of Domain for the last year. The venture-backed, Boston-based upscale home furnishings retailer has 12 stores in East Coast regional malls.
 Prior to that, Thomas was with Foxmoor Specialty Stores Corp. for six years. He began his career there as vice president and corporate controller, responsible for finance, loss prevention and auditing. He later was named executive vice president and chief financial officer, overseeing finance, MIS, distribution, real estate and human resources. In 1988 Thomas was appointed president and chief financial officer.
 After earning his bachelor's degree in accounting from Villanova University, Thomas began his career in accounting and finance as a senior accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche). He later held positions of increasing financial responsibility with various private and public companies, including corporate controller, director of internal audit and director of financial planning.
 Wet Seal is a specialty retailer of moderately priced fashionable apparel for women. The fashion chain logged sales of $120 million in fiscal 1991. It recently reported first quarter 1992 earnings of $854,000, up 27 percent over the same period last year, and first quarter sales of $33,981,000, an increase of 47 percent over first quarter 1991.
 It currently operates 115 stores located in regional malls throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Florida, Texas and Washington. Five new stores have already opened this year; 11 more will open before the end of 1992.
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 /CONTACT: E. Lesly Martin of Wet Seal, 714-583-9029/
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