Department store retailer Kohl's Corp is to partner with Lagardere Active Media Licensing on the development of a line of Elle-branded women's apparel.

The line will be sold in the US exclusively at Kohl's from spring 2007. It will initially launch in about 300 stores nationwide as well as Kohls.com.

The collection will feature wardrobe essentials and key trend items such as knit and woven tops, denim and twill bottoms, skirts, dresses, shorts and jackets.

"Since sharing our speed-to-market strategy last October, we have made significant progress with several existing brands, reducing merchandise cycle time by 12 weeks," said Kohl's Department Stores' president Kevin Mansell.

"The launch of the Elle brand demonstrates our speed-to-market success with new partners, allowing us to bring young women contemporary, runway-inspired fashions several months faster than ever before," he added.

Mansell referred to the double-digit readership growth that 'Elle' magazine has enjoyed, adding that he was "confident that this brand will resonate with young, hip shoppers".

Lagardère Active Media CEO (licensing), Fabrice A Plaquevent, added: "This exciting licensing agreement with Kohl's is an extension of our parent company's global strategy for Elle, the largest fashion magazine brand in the world."

Kohl's will lead the development, distribution and marketing of the collection, while Hachette Filipacchi Media US will coordinate print advertising in the US edition of Elle magazine.