Clothing giant Jones Apparel Group Inc has agreed a sub-licensing deal with Carole Hochman Designs Inc to produce women's sleepwear under the Lauren Ralph Lauren brand.

The New York-based company said the new collection will debut early next year and be sold in department stores that carry the Lauren Ralph Lauren Sportswear collection.

Jones Apparel president and CEO, Peter Boneparth, said: "We are pleased to join with Carole Hochman Designs Inc and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation to extend the Lauren Ralph Lauren brand. This collaboration will strengthen our market leadership position with the ultimate Lauren consumer."

Carole Hochman chairman, Carole Hochman, added: "We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with Polo Ralph Lauren and the Jones Apparel Group, two of the world's premier apparel companies.

"The Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleepwear collection adds an exciting new dimension to the sleepwear category. We consider this to be an extraordinary business opportunity."