Sportswear brand Russell Athletic has reached a four-year licensing agreement with apparel firm Profile to merchandise and distribute a 'big and tall' range of men's clothing.

Licensing for the range, to bear the label of Russell Corporation's flagship brand, will run through 2007.

"This license is an exciting opportunity for both companies to capture an under-developed market that will bring great value to both retailers and consumers alike," Profile president Frank Riech said.

"It is our intention to take the Russell Athletic brand, which is known for quality, value and authenticity, and expand it in the big and tall market."

Riech said he hoped to incorporate Russell's athletically inspired fashion style into the new big and tall range.

Profile is a subsidiary of supply chain service company the Waitex Group.