Over its 43 years, Jones grew to be a Seventh Avenue wholesale powerhouse, eventually losing some of its lusteras department stores consolidated. 1970: Sidney Kimmel founds the Jones Apparel division of W.R. Grace & Co. 1975: Kimmel and a partner buy the company and rename it Jones Apparel Group Inc. 1985: Jones hits a rough patch that leads to three years of losses. 1991: Company lists on theNew York Stock Exchange. 1993: Evan-Picone label purchased. 1995: Jones establishes licensing deal to produce the Lauren by Ralph Lauren better sportswear line. 1996: Sales reach $1 billion. 1998: Sun Apparel Inc. acquired. 1999: Nine West Group Inc. brought on board. 2000: Costume jewelryfirm Victoria + Co. acquired. 2001: McNaughton Apparel Group Inc. and Judith Jack bought. 2002: Kimmel stepsdown as chief executiveofficer and is replaced byPeter Boneparth. Gloria Vanderbilt andL.E.I. parent company RSVSport Inc. acquired. 2003: Anne Klein andAlbert Nipon parentcompany Kasper addedto the portfolio. 2004: Barneys New Yorkacquired for $397.3 million. Maxwell Shoe Co. Inc. alsojoins the fold. 2006: Jones ends unsuccessful attempt to sell itself. 2007: Peter Boneparth resignsand Wesley Card takes up thereins as ceo. Barneys sold for cashproceeds of $840 million. 2013: Sycamore Partnersagrees to buy Jones in $2.2billion deal, including debt.

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