Fashion house Calvin Klein Inc on Monday revealed it has signed a major long-term licensing deal with CK 21 Holdings Pte for certain countries in Asia.

The agreement covers men's and women's bridge sportswear, men's clothing and furnishings, women's and men's dress shoes, women's handbags and small leather goods under the 'cK Calvin Klein' label beginning with Spring 2004.

The CK 21 license also includes freestanding 'cK Calvin Klein' stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China - and shop-in-shops in those markets plus Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, it added in a statement.

"This new agreement for Asia is the first step in re-launching 'cK Calvin Klein' bridge sportswear globally," said Calvin Klein president and COO Tom Murry, without revealing financial details.

"We are already in discussions with potential partners for the United States and Europe and we continue to hold a leading position with 'cK Calvin Klein' apparel in Japan.

"We have a longstanding relationship with Christina Ong and the CK 21 organisation. They're a terrific company and we believe the right partner for this business."

Calvin Klein, now owned by New York-based clothing giant Phillips-Van Heusen Corp, added CK 21 will continue to operate a 'Calvin Klein Collection' freestanding store in Singapore.