Calvin Klein Jeans is stepping into the expanding luxury denim market with a new premium men's and women's denim line launching for spring 2005.

The range, called CK39, is being introduced as part of Calvin Klein's existing licensing arrangement with Warnaco and will be sold exclusively throughout North America.

Targeted at the high-end consumer, CK39 will use premium fabrics and finishes. Each pair of jeans will also incorporate branding elements such as an engraved metal clip on the back left belt loop lined with gold satin, back pocket logo rivets, seam bindings, and curtain waistbands.

CK39 is set to debut at retail for spring 2005. Distribution will focus on select better specialty stores nationwide and high-end department store locations.

Retail prices for denim bottoms are $145 to $225. The line will also include jean jackets, bombers, knits and vintage-inspired T-shirts at suggested retail prices ranging from $65 to $265.

"The launch of CK39 serves to complement the recent re-launch in the United States of the ck Calvin Klein bridge sportswear business and is consistent with its select distribution.

"CK39 premium denim launch is the next step in solidifying the brand's position within this tier of business," said Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer, Calvin Klein Inc.

Colleen Kelly, president of Calvin Klein Jeans, added: "This brand presents us with the opportunity to serve the expanding luxury denim market."

Calvin Klein Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, and Calvin Klein Jeans is a division of The Warnaco Group Inc.