Intimate apparel firm Maidenform Brands has signed a global licensing agreement with Donna Karan International to design, source and market women's intimate apparel under the Donna Karan and DKNY brands.

The agreement is effective immediately but financial terms were not disclosed.

The products involved will be distributed worldwide principally in high-end department and specialty stores from the beginning of 2009, a statement said.

Thomas J Ward, chief executive officer of Maidenform said the deal "allows us to penetrate new channels of distribution and provides us with another method to drive additional sales growth in the future."