Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation subsidiary Calvin Klein has signed a strategic licensing deal with G-III Apparel Group for a new line of women's performance apparel.

The new line, branded as 'Calvin Klein Performance,' will be athletic and performance wear suitable for sports including yoga, running, tennis and biking.

It is planned to include pants, capris, shorts, tank tops, T-shirts, hooded jackets, as well as tennis skirts and dresses.

G-III Apparel Group, which already holds licenses under the Calvin Klein brand name for men's and women's better outerwear, will distribute the Performance collection to active, sporting goods, department and specialty stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

It said that a soft launch would go ahead for the spring 2008 season, with a complete roll-out expected in the autumn.

"As we continue to expand product categories to provide the Calvin Klein consumer with a wide range of lifestyle apparel options, the addition of women's performance apparel fills an important niche.

"We believe that the Calvin Klein aesthetic is uniquely suited for authentic performance product particularly with the new developments in technical materials now available in this category," said Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein.

"Our experience with G-III has been excellent. Each new category we have entered into with G-III has been well executed and we would anticipate the same level of excellence with the new Calvin Klein performance line."

Sammy Aaron, vice-chairman of G-III, said: "We believe that this line will find a vibrant consumer audience across a broad demographic of women and are excited to have yet another strong opportunity to further diversify and grow our business."

It was announced earlier in the month that The Warnaco Group was to expand its global Calvin Klein business as part of a $38.5m deal that will also see it hand the luxury Calvin Klein Collection back to the brand's owner Phillips-Van Heusen.

Under the agreement it was decided that Warnaco would operate Calvin Klein Jeans accessories stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as stores for ck Calvin Klein accessories in Europe and Latin America.