The Easton Team

 

Easton International is a national sales agency representing premium to luxury brands for over 35 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.

Kristine Eckart
Operations and Marketing Director

Kristine joined Easton International in May 2016. As Operations and Marketing Director, she organizes all the trade shows and the showroom, assists the Easton team with everything from digital catalogs to product information, and oversees Easton’s marketing efforts and partnerships with our customers. With a retail and editorial background, Kristine works to promote brand awareness and product knowledge with print and digital media outlets and hosts industry panels and workshops for digital or live events. She also assists stores with increasing and engaging their customers by utilizing marketing strategies and platforms best suited for each store.

Linda Gruver
Controller

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.

Russell Klein
President

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.

Linda Sagman
Vice President

Linda is Easton International’s Co-VP of Sales.  Linda is a veteran of the intimate apparel and hosiery industry and started her career in the retail business which 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 in intimates , legwear, and sleepwear. 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.

Andrea Gaines
Vice President

Andrea Gaines is Easton International’s Co-VP of Sales.  Having worked in all facets of the lingerie business (in wholesale and retail)  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 a buyer for a NY regional chain of off-price specialty stores (Daffys) to Vice President of Easton International.  She brings both her retail and wholesale perspective to all aspects of running the Easton business from working with the luxe and contemporary brands Easton manages and bringing their vision to the American market as well as making that vision resonate with all our specialty, department, and e-commerce accounts.

Wells Apparel Group

Wink and Ginny Wells manage select brands for Easton International in the Western states. Since 1972, when Fred and Betty Wells launched the first of their intimate apparel foundation boutiques, the team has 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.

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Vincent Nasserbakht
Men's National Brand Manager

Vincent was a longtime NYC retailer before joining the Easton International team. His experience ranges from product development to brand marketing and partnerships. He's worked with brands and retailers across the fashion industry. Vincent has a passion for building brands and working alongside retailers to innovate for growth.

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Dianne Ketner

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.  For the past 10 years, she has managed the Midwest boutique business for several intimate apparel brands. 

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Jozette Deegan
Marketplace Operations Manager

Jozette Deegan joined the Easton International team in March 2019. She recently graduated with a degree in Business Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Jozette grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but finished high school in Dallas, Texas. Jozette enjoys traveling to Chicago, New York, and Austin. She loves to be surrounded by high fashion and a fast-paced environment. Jozette currently works as our Marketplace Operations Manager. Through her past experiences, she has cultivated impressive knowledge and skills regarding digital fashion services and customer knowledge. 

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Lauren Brickman

Lauren Brickman oversees the call center for the sales team at Easton International.  She has worked with many wonderful and diverse brands over her career in intimates. Lauren has experience in all areas of wholesale from high end lines for department stores and specialty 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.

Iris Steinberg

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 sales report analysis for all of our reps and all of our brands. 

Caryn Gale

Caryn Gale has been a member of the Easton International team for over 25 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 for Falke Legwear at Saks and Bloomingdale’s in New York.

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Morgan Lucero-Perkins

Morgan Lucero-Perkins joined Easton International in January 2021. She recently graduated with a degree in International Trade & Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Morgan grew up in Sacramento, California, and is now residing in Manhattan, New York. Morgan currently works as our Wholesale Assistant in our New York showroom. She loves attending tradeshows because she enjoys seeing the new trends and talking to new people. Through her experiences in retail and wholesale, she understands the consumer and their need to offer a beautiful collection of products.

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Frank Cardullo

Frank joined the Easton International team in May 2022 as the Account Manager for Shoe Stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest.  He's spent 20 years in the Footwear and Apparel industry, working with brands such as Puma, Vionic, and Fitflop.  Frank's energy and passion for quality products helps energize his customers to succeed. 

Dina Mahoney

Dina is the customer service representative for Easton International. 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.

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Nancy Leone

Nancy has worked with Easton since 2013 to represent select throughout Canada. Her merchandising and selling experience in major department stores has enabled her to help boutiques pick the right styles for their customer. Nancy values building a relationship with her accounts, making sure their feedback is heard and their needs are met. Great customer service is her top priority!