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                              BERNARD CHAUS, INC.
                                 1410 Broadway
                            New York, New York 10018

                                                              July 22, 1998

Stuart Levy

Dear Stuart:

                  We are pleased to offer you employment with Bernard Chaus,
Inc. (the "Company") commencing during August 1998, on the terms set forth

POSITION:                  Chief Financial Officer.

SALARY:                    $300,000 per year in accordance with the Company's 
                           regular payroll practices.

BONUS:                     In the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.

   ALLOWANCE:              $1,800 per month.

BENEFITS:                  Health insurance and other benefit plans available 
                           to officers of the Company generally.

OPTIONS:                   Options for 40,000 shares of the Company's stock at 
                           an exercise price equal to the closing sales price
                           on the New York Stock Exchange on the date of grant,
                           which grant date shall be your employment
                           commencement date; options to vest in equal annual
                           increments of 25% a year over four years. In the
                           event of termination for any reason, other than a
                           change in control, unvested options shall be
                           forfeited and you shall have 30 days from the
                           termination date to exercise vested options. All
                           options shall vest immediately upon a change in
                           control. Your options shall otherwise be subject to
                           the terms of the Company's Stock Option Plan.


Stuart Levy
July 22, 1998
Page 2

   BENEFITS:               In the event of termination without cause, including
                           a termination resulting from a change in control,
                           you shall be paid one year's base salary in twelve
                           monthly installments; provided, that such payments
                           shall terminate immediately upon your acceptance of
                           a position as an employee or consultant with another
                           entity and you agree to provide immediate notice to
                           the Company of your acceptance of any such position.

CAUSE:                     Conviction or guilty plea to a felony; material
                           neglect of duties; continued failure to carry out
                           responsibilities assigned by management or the Board
                           of Directors; commission of fraud, theft against or
                           embezzlement from the Company.

CHANGE IN CONTROL:         The Company shall be merged or consolidated with an 
                           unaffiliated entity resulting in a change in a
                           majority of the Board of Directors or the Company
                           shall have sold substantially all of its assets to
                           an unaffiliated entity; the acquisition by any
                           person or group of beneficial ownership (as such
                           terms are defined under Regulation 13D of the rules
                           and regulations adopted under the Securities
                           Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) of more than 30%
                           of the Company's then outstanding common stock
                           resulting in a change in a majority of the Board of

                  Please indicate your acceptance of the terms of this offer
letter by your signature below. We look forward to your joining the Company.


                                                     /s/ Josephine Chaus
                                                         Josephine Chaus

Accepted and agreed to:

/s/ Stuart S. Levy        7/24/98
By: Stuart Levy