Calvin Klein Inc has signed a licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group Ltd for women's better suits in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Beginning with the spring 2006 season, G-III will manufacture and distribute women's better suits under the 'Calvin Klein' label to department and specialty stores.

In order to maintain a selective distribution, the line is slated to launch in approximately 300 doors for the first season and is planned to be available in over approximately 800 doors by the end of the first year.

The product will be designed to complement the Calvin Klein women's better sportswear, outerwear, shoes, and accessories offerings.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, says the new line will also "fill the current void for stylish, well-priced designer suiting options."

The line will be offered at suggested retail prices ranging from $300 to $600 and is expected to ship 12 months a year beginning in January 2006.

G-III already has licenses to produce men's and women's outerwear under the Calvin Klein label.