Jones Apparel Group Inc has signed an exclusive license agreement with The Echo Design Group Inc for the manufacture and distribution of Gloria Vanderbilt scarves and cold weather accessories.

The deal will include women's scarves, gloves and cold weather accessories sold under the Gloria Vanderbilt and GLO brands in department stores, national chains, mass merchants, and specialty retailers.

The collection will be launched to the trade for autumn 2004 delivery.

Peter Boneparth, president and chief executive officer of Jones Apparel Group Inc, said the agreement "complements the head-to-toe strategy currently encompassing such items as denim, sportswear, footwear, handbags and licensed outerwear products for our consumer."