Apparel company Cherokee has signed an exclusive licence agreement with ACI International to make men's, women's and children's footwear for its Sideout and Sideout Sport brands.

The company said it hoped to get the new products onto the market some time in 2010.

"We are currently in discussions with other premier manufacturers in specific categories in children's, juniors' and young men's," said Jay Kester, executive vice president of marketing at Cherokee.

"In addition, we continue to explore opportunities in the performance segment of the market to complement ACI with our Sideout Sport brand."

ACI International chairman and CEO Steve Jackson said the Sideout and Sideout Sport brands were poised to become "a significant part" of the company's portfolio.