Jones Apparel Group Inc has hired Ted Kim to the newly created position of vice president design for its Anne Klein New York line.

Mr Kim will oversee the design functions for Anne Klein New York Sportswear and will report to Susie Rieland, chief merchandising officer, bridge and better sportswear.

He most recently served as senior designer for the Michael Kors Collection. Prior to that, he worked at Donna Karan Signature and MaxMara Sportmax.

Susan Metzger, chief executive officer of the women's better sportswear division, said: "Ted's appointment is consistent with our company-wide strategy to prioritise product and design for each of our core brands by bringing together the best talent in the industry."