OCTOBER 29, 2002 - 16:30 EST

Danier Names Robert Hodges General Manager Of U.S.


Former Vice President of Operations for Old Navy 

Danier Leather Inc. (TSX: DL) is pleased to announce the 
appointment of Mr. Robert Hodges to the newly created position of 
General Manager, U.S. Operations. He will assume primary 
responsibility for Danier's U.S. store operations and play a key 
role in the company's international expansion. 

"We're delighted to welcome a retailer of Bob's caliber and 
experience to Danier," said Jeffrey Wortsman, President and CEO of
Danier Leather. "With twenty years of hands-on management 
experience in a high-growth environment, Bob has retail in his 
veins. His knowledge and expertise will prove invaluable as Danier
implements its U.S growth strategy in the coming years."  

Mr. Hodges was the Vice President of Operations for Old Navy, a 
leading North American retailer with 25,000 employees, 850 stores 
and sales in excess of US $5 billion, from 1997 to 2001. A senior 
operations executive, he directed and coordinated new store 
openings for more than 500 sites, helping to establish Old Navy as
one of the fastest growing retailers in history. His extensive 
experience includes active leadership roles in the areas of 
operations, merchandising, marketing and sales. During his 
nineteen years at Gap Inc., he played key roles during the start 
up phases of both the Gap Kids and Old Navy divisions.  

"I'm excited to be joining such a great team," said Mr. Hodges. I 
look forward to building on Danier's excellent track record and 
helping to bring its brand promise and products to new markets and

Danier Leather will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 
October 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT at the Design Exchange in downtown 
Toronto. Shareholders and interested parties are encouraged to 
attend.  For those unable to attend the meeting in person, a 
webcast will be available at 

About Danier Leather 

Danier Leather Inc. is a leading integrated designer, 
manufacturer, and retailer of high-quality leather and suede 
clothing and accessories. The Company's merchandise is marketed 
exclusively under the well-known Danier brand name and is 
available only at its 90 shopping mall, street front, and power 
centre stores and online through its website, 

Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking 
statements that deal with potential future circumstances and 
developments. Forward-looking statements involve risks and 
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the weather and 
performance of the economies in the markets in which the Company 
operates, continued acceptance of the Company's products, 
competitive factors, the Company's ability to identify and 
interpret fashion trends, factors affecting its sourcing of skins 
in Europe, New Zealand and Asia, and other such risks as we may 
identify in this release or in other published documents. 
Accordingly, there is no certainty that the Company's plans will 
be achieved. 

Danier Leather Inc.-Investor Relations
Jeffrey Wortsman
President and CEO
(416) 762-8175 ext. 302
(416) 762-7408 (FAX)


Danier Leather Inc.-Investor Relations
Daniel Soper
Executive Vice-President and COO
(416) 762-8175 ext. 303
(416) 762-7408 (FAX)