Women's and men's fashion apparel designer, Liz Claiborne Inc, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Kate McKee as vice president, brand concept, research and development for the Liz Claiborne Casual division.

Ms McKee, a former design director for Liz Claiborne's Collection division, will rejoin the company on Febraury 11 from Talbots Inc where she held positions of increasing responsibility since 1998 and was most recently design director of Collection.

She has also held the position of design director for Lansdale Manufacturing and launched Company Ellen Tracy. She began her career as assistant designer of Women's Bridge Sportswear for Spitalnick & Co.

Commenting on the appointment, president of Liz Claiborne Casual Brands, Fritz Winans, said: "Kate's extensive design expertise along with a thorough understanding of classic American sportswear will be a tremendous asset to the Liz Claiborne Casual division.

"We are confident that she will have a positive impact as we continue to grow and strengthen our casual brands."