Clothes retailer Esprit Holdings has signed an exclusive agreement with Jones Apparel's Nine West Group to make and distribute its shoes and accessories in the United States and Puerto Rico.

In a statement Esprit said that the licensing agreement would run for an initial term of five years, with an option to extend for a further five years if certain conditions are met.

Executive director Heinz Krogner said the deal marks Esprit's first line of US licensed products since it bought the US and Caribbean trademark rights and obtained full ownership of the Esprit brand worldwide.

Upmarket women's shoes retailer Nine West will launch the Esprit products in August.