The Easton Team
Easton International is a national sales agency representing premium to luxury brands for over 30 years.
We strive to fulfill the brand vision and objectives of each client we represent by providing sales strategy, industry expertise and personalized service through our highly skilled sales team.
Sales rep contact information can be found on the brand pages.
Russell Klein is president of Easton International, Inc., a sales agency managing premium to luxury brands. He has served as president of Wolford USA and Tommy Hilfiger women’s legwear division, introducing these brands from concept, marketing strategy, sales and distribution throughout North America. Russell has created and/or managed sales and distribution strategies for Falke of Germany, Hanro of Switzerland, Kris Line, and Donna Karan and DKNY intimates and sleepwear. He has been profiled on CNN’s Style with Elsa Klensch for his experience and success in launching luxury women’s hosiery brands in the USA and for changing the retail landscape of the industry. He was profiled in Forbes as “The Missionary of Hosiery."
Russell has spent the past three decades creating and implementing marketing strategies for existing brands and for new brand launches. This experience allows brands to join the Easton family with the utmost confidence.
Andrea Gaines is Easton International’s Brand Manager for several of the collections Easton represents. Having worked in all facets of the lingerie (sleepwear, hosiery, swim and mens) business, Andrea started her career as a buyer of a national multi store chain (Bonwit Teller); to VP of Sales for a niche lingerie manufacturer (Only Hearts); to an off price buyer for a NY regional chain of specialty off price stores (Daffys) to Brand Manager for Easton International. She brings both her retail and wholesale perspective to all aspects of running the Easton business from working with the brands and bringing their vision to the American market; and making that vision resonate with all our specialty, department and e commerce accounts.
Dianne Ketner represents Easton International in the Central States covering IL, IN, IA, MI, MO, MN, OH, WI. Her expertise lies in sales, marketing, business management and product development of women's clothing with a concentration in Intimate Apparel. Dianne began her career at Saks Fifth Ave and Neiman Marcus moving to outside sales in the cosmetics world. Intimate Apparel soon became a passion when she joined Hanro of Switzerland. There she serviced major accounts as well as boutique stores in the Midwest. Dianne continued her career in intimate apparel as a corporate representative for Cosabella. The past 5 years she has managed the Midwest boutique business for several intimate apparel brands.
Kristine joined Easton International in May 2016 and is now our Operations and Marketing Manager. With a retail and editorial background, Kristine knows the value of impeccable fit, dedicated customer service, knowledge of the fashion industry, and the ability to help customers find their style. Kristine knows these values are what make any company in the fashion industry stand out. She uses her experience and knowledge to manage Easton’s Public Relations and Social Media, in addition to her other administrative duties. As a writer, Kristine understands that every person has his or her own story, and the clothing they chose to wear should reflect a part of their story. Kristine looks forward to working with your brand to share its unique point of view.
Iris has been a member of the Easton International team since February 2017. She started her career in banking and transitioned over to merchandise planning at Lord and Taylor. She was the replenishment planning manager there for several departments including intimate apparel. She is excited to be a part of the Easton team and is here to help you with any of your customer service needs. She provides support for all of our reps and all of our brands. She can assist you with getting samples, checking on orders and answering any sales related questions you many have. Iris looks forward to working with you.
Lauren Brickman has joined the sales team for Easton International. She has worked with many wonderful and diverse brands over her career in intimates.
She has experience in all areas of wholesale from high end lines for department stores and speciality boutiques, to off price accounts and private label for chain stores.
Her time spent as a merchandiser has helped her realize getting the product into the stores is the first step then training the staff on the product and the brand is the second step to have the product be successful.
Linda Gruver joined Easton International from the very beginning in 1977.Linda manages all of the back office requirements from the financial management and reporting, to customer service for all of our brands. Further to these responsibilities, Linda is the stable contact for the sales force to keep all working smoothly.
Linda is Easton International’s lead sales rep in New York, the TriState Area, Mid-Atlantic & New England. Linda is a veteran of the intimate apparel and hosiery industry and started her career in the retail business her parents and extended family owned.
Linda worked as a buyer for May department stores and her experience includes developing private label programs as well as working with branded product. Having bought for over 300 stores, she is keenly aware of the demands placed on today’s buyers in managing and owning their profit and loss and open to buy. After getting her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, Linda returned to the industry on the sales side helping buyers map out their delivery flow to maximize their budgets.
Wells Apparel Group
Fred Wells leads Easton International’s sales division in the Western states. Since 1972, when Fred launched the first of his intimate apparel foundation boutiques, he and his team have made it a priority to offer the best customer service and quality products to their customer base.
Wells Apparel Group was formed in the late 1980’s and provides sales support as part of our extended family of reps. Fred, Betty, Wink and Ginny Wells are eager to serve as Easton’s ambassadors in building your brand in the Western United States.
Jim has been employed by Easton International for 12 years representing the Falke brand. Jim has over 38 years experience in the better-grade footwear and hosiery industry servicing independents, specialty stores and chain stores. He graduated from the University of Missouri and is an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.
Caryn Gale has been a member of the Easton International team for over 20 years. She first met Russell while working in the hosiery department of Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store in New York. She joined the Easton team soon after as the Vendor Representative for the newly launched Wolford Hosiery at both Bloomingdales and Saks Department stores in New York City. To date she has been the Vendor Representative at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York representing Aubade Paris, and is currently the Vendor Representative at Bloomingdales New York for Falke Legwear.
Sjoerd represents FALKE Men in premium men’s clothing stores as well as with custom clothiers. His passion for customer service, sixteen years of experience, and attention to detail are hallmarks of the professional partnership with these clients.
Sjoerd also represents a premium German men’s shoe manufacturer with similar longevity and synergies as FALKE.
Sjoerd is entrepreneurial and committed to the highest level of professional and personal excellence.
Lois brings a passion for beauty and the understanding of fine product to the easton team for the past 16 years ...representing falke women’s, and children’s collections. Her accounts span the industry from the finest specialty stores to Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. She has vast knowledge and experience in the contemporary and designer market as a sales executive and merchandiser in the European and American markets.
While taking a sabbatical from the fashion business in the 90’s she extended her love of product and beauty to the entertaiment business purchasing gifts for Stephen Spielberg at Amblin entertainment which later turned into becoming Mr. Spielberg’s personal assistant. As great an experience as it was , she felt a calling to return to the crazy world of fashion which ultimately led to representing a number of Easton International brands as well as other notable apparel and lingerie companies.
Dina is the customer service representative for Hanro. Pretty Polly, Aubade and Addiction.
She started her career at Sterns Department store in hosiery and lingerie. She soon became a sales representative in foundations and then in hosiery and was on the road for 20 years in the northeast.
Jozette Deegan joined the Easton International team in March 2019 as our Customer Service Ambassador. She is currently getting her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Business Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Jozette grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but finished high school in Dallas, Texas. Living in New York, she loves to be surrounded by high fashion and the fast-paced environment. Jozette has five years of experience working in retail and is excited to take on a more business-oriented role. Through her past experiences, she has cultivated impressive knowledge and skills regarding fashion services and customer knowledge.
Leah Meadvin has been a member of the Easton International team since February 2011. Starting out as an undergraduate intern in her sophomore year, Leah has worked with DKNY and Donna Karan Intimate Apparel and Sleepwear, Falke Legwear, Pretty Polly Brands, Hanro, Aubade Paris, Tutti Rouge, Addiction Lingerie, and Roesch/Feraud and has now, upon her graduation from Yeshiva University, joined the Easton team as an Easton team manager and sales associate. During her schooling, Leah also sat on the other side of the table as the head buyer and product development manager for Yeshiva University's very successful collegiate apparel line. Leah now studies Bridal design at Fashion Institute of Technology and work's as Easton's Website manager