Women's sportswear designer and manufacturer Donnkenny Inc on Wednesday revealed it has set up a coat division.

The New York-based firm, whose major labels include Pierre Cardin, Harve Benard and Victoria Jones, said the new division will be headed by Ron and Bill Gallo, whose family has been in the coat business for over 80 years.

Donnkenny chairman and CEO, Daniel Levy, said in a statement the firm has already concluded arrangements to produce coats under the Bill Blass, Bill Blass Signature and Blassport labels

"We are excited about this opportunity to diversify Donnkenny and add a quality license to our portfolio," he added. "The Gallo's have an established business, which we look forward to growing substantially."