Factoring Agreement - Century Business Credit Corp. and Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc.

CENTURY BUSINESS CREDIT CORPORATION ('CBCC')
119 WEST 40TH STREET
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10018


                                                             As of April 1, 1998

     Re:  Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A., Inc.
          25 West 39th Street
          New York, New York 10018

Gentlemen:

     This letter will amend and restate in its entirety the Factoring Agreement
between us dated January 2, 1990, as amended on September 4, 1991, March 10,
1993, April 5, 1994, July 13, 1994, September 16, 1994, April 3, 1995, April 9,
1996 and April 8, 1997.  [For purposes of this Agreement, 'we,' 'us,' and 'our'
refers to Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc. and 'you' and 'your' refers to CBCC.]  We
hereby confirm that you will act as our sole collection Factor upon the
following terms and conditions commencing April 1, 1998, namely:

     1.   We hereby appoint you as our agent to collect all of our Receivables
(as hereinafter defined).  Additionally, we hereby agree to sell you and you
hereby agree to purchase from us, all credit approved Receivables in accordance
with Paragraph 6 hereunder; provided, however, that title and ownership of
Receivables shall not vest in you and shall remain in us until the date the
purchase price is paid to us by you, in cash or its equivalent (less any reserve
as provided in this Agreement); and further provided, however, that at all times
you shall have a continuing security interest in all of our present and future
Receivables as collateral for repayment of any and all Obligations (as defined
in paragraph 9 hereof) to you, whether now existing or hereafter arising.  Upon
payment of the purchase price, title shall vest in you to those Receivables
which you have purchased pursuant to Paragraph 6.  For all purposes hereof, the
term 'Receivables' shall mean and include all accounts and all forms of
obligations owing to us arising from or out of the sale of merchandise and/or
the rendition of services, all proceeds thereof, all of our rights to
merchandise represented thereby, all of our rights under insurance policies
covering such merchandise or services, all of our rights against carriers of
said merchandise, and all of our right, title, security interests and guarantees
with respect to each Receivable, including all rights of replevin and
reclamation and stoppage in transit and all other rights of an unpaid seller of
merchandise or services.

     2.   Each sale of merchandise and/or rendition of services by us on credit
approved Receivables shall be made only with your  written approval as to terms
of sale (which shall not be changed without your written approval) and the
credit standing of our customer, and you shall have the right to withdraw such
approval at any time before delivery of merchandise or rendition of services.
You shall not be liable to any person or in any manner for refusing to approve
the credit of any customer.  We shall execute and deliver to you written
schedules of all Receivables sold or assigned to you hereunder in form
satisfactory to you, together with copies of customers' invoices or the
equivalent and upon your request conclusive evidence of delivery for all goods
sold and all other information or documents you may require relating to
Receivables.  All customers' invoices shall be marked payable to you in a manner
satisfactory to you, and such 

 
marking of invoices as payable to you, regardless of by whom done, and/or the
delivery thereof to you shall constitute an assignment thereof to you whether or
not we execute any specific instrument of assignment. You shall have the right
to retain all remittances, checks and other proceeds of sale relating to
Receivables and we agree to confirm your rights thereto by execution from time
to time of whatever documents you may reasonably deem necessary to effect
collection thereof. We authorize you to endorse our name on any and all checks
or other forms of remittances received in payment of Receivables, whether you
have purchased the same or not, whenever you deem such endorsement to be
necessary to effect collection thereof. If any remittances are made directly to
us relating to Receivables, we shall hold the same in trust for your benefit and
your property and will immediately deliver to you the identical checks,
documents, instruments or moneys received in the same form as received by us. We
have been advised that you may employ and we consent to your use of a lockbox
account for the deposit of remittances received in payment of Receivables.

     3.   We represent and warrant that each and every Receivable now or
hereafter assigned to you will cover a bona fide sale and delivery of
merchandise usually dealt in by us or the rendition by us of services to
customers in the ordinary course of our business; covers merchandise or services
which have been received and accepted by our customers without dispute or claim
of any kind or nature; will be for an amount certain payable in United States
funds in accordance with the terms of our invoice covering said sale, which
shall not be changed without your written approval; except for your security
interest therein on credit approved Receivables, and the subordinate security
interests of our lenders, there are no security interests, liens, or
encumbrances thereon and each Receivable will at all times be kept free and
clear of same in your favor; we have good title thereto and the legal rights to
sell, assign, transfer and set over the same to you; all documents to be
delivered to you in connection therewith will be genuine and be enforceable
against our customers free and clear of any offset, deduction, counterclaim,
lien, encumbrance or any other claim or dispute, including, without limitation,
claims or disputes as to price, terms, delivery, quantity or quality and claims
of release from liability or because of any act of God, or a public enemy, or
war, or because of the requirements of law or of rules, orders or regulations
having the force of law. We agree to indemnify you against any liability, loss
or expense caused by or arising out of the rejection of merchandise or services
or claims or deductions of every kind and nature by our customers, other than
those resulting from financial inability of our customer, whose credit standing
you have approved, to make payment.  In the event of our breach of any of the
foregoing representations and/or warranties, you shall have, in addition to all
your other rights under this Agreement, the right to chargeback to us
immediately the full amount of the Receivables affected thereby together with
interest, but such chargeback shall not be deemed a reassignment thereof, and
you shall retain a security interest in such Receivable and in the merchandise
represented thereby until such Receivable is fully paid, settled or discharged
or all our Obligations (as hereinafter defined in Paragraph 9) to you are fully
satisfied. You shall not, however, have the right to chargeback to us any
Receivable approved by you which is unpaid solely because of such customer's
financial inability to pay.  We agree that you may limit your purchase of
Receivables arising from our sales to any one customer or the terms of sale, you
nevertheless agree to collect such non-credit approved Receivables on our
behalf.  We agree that although all invoices in the amount of $100.00 or less
shall be with full recourse to us in the event of nonpayment thereof for any
reason whatsoever regardless of whether or not you have approved the sale
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to Receivables purchased by you with recourse to us, you shall have the right to
charge the same back to us at any time, together with interest, if any. Upon the
occurrence of any breach of any representation or warranty for or by us to you
or any chargeback by you, we shall promptly pay you the full amount of the
Receivable affected thereby.

     4.   We shall notify you upon your request in each instance of the return,
rejection, loss of or damage to merchandise represented by any Receivable, of
any request for extension of time to pay or request for credit or adjustment, or
of any merchandise dispute or other dispute or claim relating to any Receivable
or to the merchandise or services covered thereby or tending in any way to
diminish the sum certain payable thereon. As to credit approved Receivables, if
any such dispute, controversy or claim is not promptly settled by us, you may,
if you so elect, settle, compromise, adjust or otherwise enforce or dispose of
by litigation or otherwise, any such dispute, controversy or claim, at our
expense, and upon such terms and conditions as you in your sole discretion shall
deem proper, but you shall have no obligation to do so.  You agree that, after
assignment of credit approved Receivables to you and so long as no event of
default has occurred, we may grant allowances, credits or adjustments to
customers, or accept any return of merchandise, in each case solely in the
ordinary course of business, and should we do so we shall supply you with
immediate written notice in each instance.  All such credit memoranda to be
issued to any customer shall be furnished by us only to you for transmission by
you to our customer who shall solely be entitled to the benefit thereof.  As to
credit approved Receivables, if any merchandise relating thereto shall be
returned by or recovered from our customer or held subject to bill and hold
invoices, we shall forthwith pay you the full amount of such Receivable, either
in cash or by the assignment of new Receivables hereunder, and until such
payment or assignment, such merchandise shall be held by us in trust for your
benefit, shall be segregated and identified by us as property held in trust for
your benefit, and upon your reasonable request we shall, at our expense, deliver
the same to you or for your account or upon your order to such place or places
as you may designate.  Upon notice to us, you may sell or cause the sale of any
such merchandise, at such prices and upon such terms as you may deem proper, and
in the event of any public sale thereof, you may be the purchaser.  The proceeds
of any such sale or sales shall first be charged with the costs and expenses of
any incident to such sale, and the balance, if any, shall be credited to our
account.

     5.   You will send us a monthly account current at the end of each month
which will be in the same form as heretofore rendered to us, and as such shall
not reflect the retention or transfer of title to Receivables as herein provided
and shall not supersede or override the provisions of paragraph 1 hereof
regarding the retention or transfer of title to Receivables. Unless you receive
our written objection to any account current rendered by you within thirty (30)
days after the mailing of such account current, it shall be deemed accepted by
us and shall become conclusive and binding upon us.  All debit balances shall be
payable to you on demand and shall bear interest at the rate of interest then in
effect as hereinafter provided (herein called the 'Contract Rate'); such
interest is payable to you daily but shall be charged to our account monthly as
a cash advance made by you to us.  The Contract Rate of interest hereunder shall
be equal to the Prime Rate (as hereinafter defined).  Such Contract Rate is
based upon the highest announced prime, base or reference rate charged by New
York City money center banks to substantial and responsible corporate commercial
borrowers ('Prime Rate') which is now eight and one-half percent (8 1/2 %) per
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index, nor does it necessarily reflect the lowest rate of interest actually
charged to any particular class or category of customers by such banks. Such
Contract Rate shall be increased or decreased as the case may be, as such Prime
Rate is increased or decreased and to the extent thereof; each such change to be
effective as at the first of the month after the related change in such Prime
Rate; but in no event shall the Contract Rate of interest hereunder be less than
the Prime Rate per annum nor in excess of the maximum rate you are permitted to
charge by law.

     6.   Collections of our Receivables, less any sums remitted or otherwise
paid to us or for our account, or debited to our account hereunder, shall be
payable by you to us each Friday for collections credited to us Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday of each week, and each Tuesday for collections credited to us for
Thursday and Friday of the previous week.  However, if any Receivable as to
which you have approved the credit standing of the customer shall not be paid by
reason of the customer's bankruptcy or insolvency or within 120 days of
maturity, you will pay us one-half ( 1/2) of the purchase price thereof on the
earlier of (a) the first Tuesday of the month following such customer's
bankruptcy or insolvency, or (b) the first Tuesday following the Receivable
becoming 120 days past due without dispute.  Upon such payment to or for us, our
assignment of the Receivable shall be effective to transfer title to such
Receivable to you.  Upon your collection in whole or in part of any Receivable
with respect to which you have made payment to us in accordance with the
provisions of the second sentence of paragraph 6, you shall pay to us one half
of the amount of such collection (net of your actual and reasonable attorneys
fees for collection provided that the collection attorney shall be satisfactory
to us in each instance, our consent not to be unreasonably withheld).  The
purchase price of Receivables sold and assigned to you each month shall be the
net amount thereof, as herein defined, less the amount of your commission on the
purchase of such Receivables as provided in paragraph 7 hereof.  As used herein,
the term 'net amount' of Receivables shall mean the gross amount of Receivables,
less returns, allowances and discounts to customers upon shortest or longest
selling terms, as you may elect.

     7.   For your services hereunder with respect to our sales, you shall
receive a commission, which shall be chargeable to our account with you on the
last day of each month, equal to the product of (a) the net face amount of each
credit approved Receivable less selling discounts and (b) the commission rate
set forth below opposite the applicable period in which such sale is made:

 
 
          Period                        Commission Rate
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          April 1, 1998 through         .3175%
          March 31, 1999

          April 1, 1999 through         .3000%
          March 31, 2000
 

     8.   If any tax by any governmental authority (other than for your income
and franchise taxes) is or may be imposed on or as a result of any transaction
between us under or relating to this Agreement, or in respect to sales or the
merchandise affected by such sales, which you are or may be required to withhold
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respect of such taxes, and we will repay you the amount of any such taxes, which
shall be charged to our account, and until we shall furnish you with indemnity
therefor (or supply you with evidence satisfactory to you that due provision for
the payment thereof has been made), you may hold without interest any balance
standing to our credit and you shall retain your security interest in any and
all collateral held by you.

     9.   As security for all 'Obligations' (as herein defined), we hereby grant
to you a security interest in, a general lien upon and/or a right of setoff of,
all Receivables, all our credit balances with you and all our claims against you
(whether now or hereafter existing and whether arising under this Agreement or
otherwise), and all our property of every kind and description, tangible or
intangible, at any time in your possession or subject to your control, whether
now or hereafter existing or now owned or hereafter acquired and wherever
located. As used herein, the term 'Obligations' means and includes all
indebtedness, liabilities, obligations, debit balances, covenants and duties
owing by us now or hereafter existing, all interest, fees, charges, expenses and
attorneys' fees for which we are obligated hereunder. We agree to execute such
further instruments and financing statements as may be required by any law in
connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and to cooperate with you
in the filing or recording and renewal thereof, and we hereby further authorize
you (and appoint any person whom you designate as our attorney-in-fact with
power) to sign our name on any such instrument and on financing statements under
the Uniform Commercial Code. Recourse to security shall not be required and we
shall at all times remain liable for the repayment on demand of all Obligations.

     10.  The undersigned will pay you on demand all costs and expenses
incurred, including a reasonable allowance for attorneys' fees, in connection
with the execution and delivery of any amendment, supplement or modification
hereof or the filing or perfecting any security interest in the Receivables or
any other collateral granted by us or by any of our affiliates, shareholders or
guarantors or to obtain or enforce payment of any Obligation of the undersigned
to you, or in the prosecution or defense of any action or proceeding concerning
any matter growing out of or connected with this Agreement and/or the
Receivables assigned and/or any Obligations of the undersigned to you, or any
collateral therefor, including, without limitation, effecting collection of
Receivables whether by adjustments, litigation or otherwise, and realization
upon recovered or returned merchandise.

     11.  We shall not be entitled to pledge your credit for any purpose
whatsoever.

     12.  We waive presentment and protest of any instruments and all notices
thereof, notices to which we might otherwise be entitled. We shall maintain, at
out expense, proper books of account. You shall have the right to inspect and
make extracts from such books and all of our files, records and correspondence
at all reasonable times. All sales of Receivables to you by us shall be deemed
to include all of our right, title and interest to all of our books, records and
files and all other data and documents relating to each Receivable. We shall
furnish you with as many duplicate customers' invoices as you may from time to
time require. We certify to you that our address as set forth in this Agreement
is our mailing address, our chief place of business, and the office at which our
records relating to Receivables are kept. We shall not effect any change in our
mailing address, or in our chief place of business, or in the office in which
our records relating to Receivables are kept, without first giving you written
notice thereof.

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     13.  The term of this Agreement began as of January 2, 1990 and shall
continue until March 31, 2000. You shall have the right to terminate this
Agreement at any time by giving the undersigned sixty (60) days prior written
notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may terminate this Agreement without
notice in the event that: we commit any breach of or default in the performance
of any of our representations, warranties or covenants whether contained herein
or in any instrument or document delivered pursuant hereto or in any other
agreement, instrument, or document under which we are obligated to you; or we
make any false or untrue representation to you in connection with this Agreement
or any transaction relating thereto, become unable to pay our debts as they
mature, make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors, suspend the
transaction of our usual business, convene or cause to be convened a meeting of
our creditors or principal creditors or take advantage of the insolvency laws of
any State, or a case is commenced or a petition in bankruptcy or for an
arrangement or reorganization under the Federal Bankruptcy Code is filed by or
against us (if involuntary, only if such case is not dismissed or consented to
within 60 days of filing) or a custodian or receiver (or other court designee
performing the functions of a receiver) is appointed for or takes possession of
our assets or affairs or an order for relief in a case commenced under the
Federal Bankruptcy Code is entered; or we shall be dissolved or be a party to
any merger or consolidation without your written consent; or if there shall be
issued or filed against us any tax lien, or there shall be issued or filed
against us any attachment, injunction, execution, or judgment which is not
removed within thirty (30) days after same was issued or filed. Notwithstanding
any termination of this Agreement we shall continue to assign Receivables to you
and turn over all collections to you as herein provided until all Obligations
shall have been fully paid and satisfied, and until then this Agreement shall
remain in full force and effect as to and be binding upon us, and you shall be
entitled to retain your security interest in all existing and future Receivables
and other security.

     14.  Upon the occurrence of any of the events of default specified in
Paragraph 13 hereof, you shall have all the rights and remedies of a secured
party under the Uniform Commercial Code and other applicable laws with respect
to all collateral in which you have a security interest, such rights and
remedies being in addition to all of your other rights and remedies provided for
herein. You may sell or cause to be sold any or all of such collateral, in one
or more sales or parcels, at such prices and upon such terms as you may deem
best, and for cash or on credit or for future delivery, without your assumption
of any credit risk, and at a public or private sale as you may deem appropriate.
Unless the collateral is perishable or threatens to decline speedily in value or
is of a type customarily sold on a recognized market, you will give us
reasonable notice of the time and place of any public sale thereof or of the
time after which any private sale or any other intended disposition thereof is
to be made. The requirements of reasonable notice shall be met if any such
notice is mailed, postage prepaid to our address shown herein, at least five (5)
days before the time of the sale or disposition thereof. You may invoice any
such sale in your name or in our name, as you may elect, as the seller, and in
such latter event such invoice shall be marked payable to you as provided in
Paragraph 2 hereof. You may be the purchaser at any such public sale and
thereafter hold the property so sold at public sale, absolutely, free from any
claim or right of any kind, including any equity of redemption. The proceeds of
sale shall be applied first to all costs and expenses of and incident to such
sale, including attorneys' fees, and then to the payment (in such order as you
may elect) of all Obligations. You will return any excess to us and we shall
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deficiency.

     15.  We warrant that we are solvent, know of no present or pending
situation which could render us insolvent, and we will remain solvent during the
term of this Agreement. This Agreement is made and is to be performed under the
law of the State of New York and shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with said law. Each of the parties to this Agreement expressly
submits and consents to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the State of
New York in the County of New York, with respect to any controversy arising out
of or relating to this Agreement or any amendment or supplement thereto or to
any transactions in connection therewith and each of the parties to this
Agreement hereby waives personal service of any summons or complaint or other
process or papers to be issued in any action or proceeding involving any such
controversy and hereby agrees that service of such summons or complaint or
process may be made by registered or certified mail to the other party at the
address appearing herein; failure on the part of either party to appear or
answer within thirty (30) days after such mailing of such summons, complaint or
process shall constitute a default entitling the other party to enter a judgment
or order as demanded or prayed for therein to the extent that said Court or duly
authorized Officer thereof may authorize or permit. You and we do hereby waive
any and all right to a trial by jury in any such action or proceeding. In the
event you commence any action or proceeding against us, we will not assert any
offset or counterclaims, of whatever nature or description, in any such action
or proceeding. No failure or delay by you in exercising any of your powers or
rights hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or
partial exercise of any such power or right preclude other or further exercise
thereof or the exercise of any other right or power. Your rights, remedies and
benefits hereunder are cumulative and not exclusive of any other rights,
remedies or benefits which you may have. This Agreement may only be modified in
writing and no waiver by you will be effective unless in writing and then only
to the extent specifically stated. All notices and other communications by
either party hereto shall be in writing and shall be sent to the other party at
the address specified herein. You shall have the right to assign this Agreement
and all of your rights hereunder shall inure to the benefit of your successors
and assigns; and this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and shall bind our
respective successors and assigns.


                              Very truly yours,

                              TOMMY HILFIGER U.S.A., INC.

                              By: /s/ Joel H. Newman
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                              Title:  Exec. VP
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                              Accepted at New York, New York
                              As of April 1, 1998

                              CENTURY BUSINESS CREDIT CORPORATION


                              By: /s/ Andrew H. Tananbaum
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                              Title: President
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