Leading lifestyle footwear firm Skechers USA Inc on Thursday named Multigroup Corp as its licensee for Skechers-branded infant, toddler and children's apparel in Canada.

The California-based company said under the agreement, Multigroup will design, distribute and market children's sportswear and activewear in knit and woven sets and separates using select logos.

It will also incorporate popular designs from Kids Headquarters, Skechers ' children's clothing licensee in the United States. The apparel, which will be offered to boys and girls in newborn, toddler and youth sizes, will be available through major department stores and children's specialty stores in Canada.

"Our agreement with Multigroup was signed shortly after the success of our in-store launch with Kids Headquarters," said Skechers president Michael Greenberg.

"Given the tremendous response to our Spring '04 children's apparel at Magic in August 2003 and as a key back-to-school line in domestic retail stores, as well as our direct distribution and management of the Skechers brand in Canada, it's a natural step for us to offer our branded product to our northern neighbours."

"Multigroup's reputation for quality and collaborations with major companies such as Disney, Warner Bros, Levi Strauss and Calvin Klein make them an ideal partner for Skechers-branded apparel," added Faith Wall, vice president of licensing at Skechers.

"They have proven success with children's products, share our large-scale vision, and understand the strategic approach we're taking to expanding the brand."

Financial details were not revealed.