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25th August 2008, New York

Lectra Partners with 24 Seven

Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to the soft goods industries, announced its partnership today with 24 Seven, the premier talent resource for fashion, home furnishings, retail, beauty, marketing and creative in the United States.

Through this partnership, Lectra will provide 24 Seven's certified freelancers with Kaledo, the latest in design-specific software solutions, as well as related training and consulting services.

The purpose of the partnership is to support current transitions in the fashion industry as more fashion companies are turning to freelance designers while the fashion industry as a whole is moving over to the Kaledo platform, according to Jill Simmons, Kaledo Business Development Manager at Lectra. "24 Seven and Lectra are now working together to ensure that textile and fashion professionals are equipped with the skill sets necessary to support these shifts," she said.

Kaledo offers design professionals the most advanced textile and fashion solutions on the market, specifically for the development of prints, knits, and wovens, the creation of mini-bodies, and the management of collections. It combines the power of both U4ia and Primavision with the industry's only centralized fashion repository. Kaledo Collection streamlines concept development and revision management.

24 Seven's mission is to provide the best talent in fashion and retail to leading names such as Gap, BCBG, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture and Kellwood Company according to Sheilah Hogan, Senior Vice President of 24 Seven. "24 Seven's goal is to be in front of the industry trends and indentify solutions for the needs of our clients before they need them. With Lectra's partnership we can continue to provide our talent community with the top integrated technology solutions available, and our clients with a trained talent pool."

"Lectra is dedicated to the development of professionals in the fashion industry," Simmons said. "We are delighted to partner with a leading talent company like 24 Seven who shares our values of excellence, innovation, and commitment to the industry. We believe this partnership is a perfect fit between Lectra solutions and the needs of the fashion market."

Kaledo: designed by Lectra

The Kaledo range is the result 35 years of shared experience between Lectra and its customers in the fashion industry. It includes the Kaledo Collection application for designing collections along with Kaledo Print, Kaledo Knit, and Kaledo Weave, the textile applications for creating original prints, knits, and yarn-dyed woven fabrics. With Kaledo, designers can present, test, change, and develop a large number of styles and easily create a wide variety of fabrics and colorways. Realistic simulations allow them to express their creative ideas. This user-friendly range of design applications takes technical data into account, simplifying production series and allowing product lines to be developed very quickly.

About 24 Seven

Founded in 2000, 24 Seven is an eight-year market leader in the fashion, home furnishings, marketing, creative, beauty and retail sectors. 24 Seven has established a reputation for placing exceptional creative talent, from entry level all the way to executive level. 24 Seven is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council) and is an honored recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services category in the Metropolitan New York area.

About Lectra

Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions that automate, streamline and accelerate product design, development and manufacturing processes for the soft goods industries. Lectra develops the most advanced specialized software, cutting systems, and provides associated services to a broad array of markets including fashion (apparel, accessories, footwear), automotive (car seats and interiors, airbags), aeronautical, marine and furniture. Lectra serves 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries with 1,550 employees and $297 million in 2007 revenues. The company is listed on Euronext Paris.

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