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

February 23, 1999

Stuart S. Levy

Dear Stuart:

         This letter agreement (this "Amendment") will supplement the terms of
your employment by Bernard Chaus, Inc. (the "Company"), as set forth in that
certain letter agreement dated July 22, 1998 between you ("Employee") and the
Company (the "Original Agreement").

         1. Bonus. A bonus pool shall be established for fiscal years 1999 and
2000 for the benefit of [certain other individuals identified in comparable
letters] and Stuart Levy, which shall be allocated among such four employees in
the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of
the Company (the "Committee"). The bonus pool shall be equal to five percent
(5%) of the Company's Annual Net Profits for each of the fiscal years ended June
30, 1999 and June 30, 2000. Within ninety (90) days after the end of each of
fiscal years 1999 and 2000, Employee shall be paid a bonus ("Bonus") equal to
the portion of the bonus pool allocated to Employee by the Committee, which
shall in no event be less than $50,000. For purposes of this Amendment, "Annual
Net Profits" shall mean the net income of the Company for any fiscal year as
reflected on the audited financial statements of the Company for such fiscal
year prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The
Bonus for a fiscal year shall be payable to Employee promptly following the
completion of the audit for that fiscal year but only if Employee was employed
by the Company on the last day of such fiscal year.

         2. Options. Effective on the execution of this Amendment, the Company
shall grant the Employee options to purchase an aggregate of 100,000 shares (the
"New Options") of the Company's common stock at an exercise price of $2.125
(i.e., the closing sales price on the New York Stock Exchange on February 11,
1999, the date of approval by the Committee). The grant of the New Options is
subject to shareholder approval at the next annual meeting of stockholders of
the Company (unless shares become available under the Company's stock option
plan prior to such time and the Company determines that shareholder approval is
not required). The New Options shall vest in full on June 30, 2000. In the event
of your termination of employment for any reason after June 30, 2000, other than
a Change in Control (as defined in the Company's 1998 Stock Option Plan), any
unvested options held by you shall be forfeited and you shall have thirty (30)
days from the termination date to exercise vested options, including the New


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The New Options shall vest immediately upon a Change in Control. The New Options
shall otherwise be subject to the terms of the Company's 1998 Stock Option Plan.

         3. Miscellaneous.

            (a) This Amendment and the Original Agreement constitute the entire
agreement between the Company and Employee with respect to Employee's employment
by the Company. Except as expressly modified hereby, the Original Agreement
shall remain in full force and effect.

            (b) This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance
with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to the principles
of conflicts of laws thereof.

            (c) The waiver by either party of the breach of any provision of
this Agreement by the other party shall not operate or be construed as a waiver
of any subsequent breach of such other party.

            Please indicate your acceptance with the terms of this Amendment by
your signature below, at which time it shall become effective.


                                            Josephine Chaus

Accepted and agreed to:

Stuart S. Levy