Footwear and accessories designer Kenneth Cole Productions and apparel group Liz Claiborne Inc have decided not to renew a licensing agreement to design, manufacture and sell women's sportswear under the Kenneth Cole label.

Instead, Liz Claiborne will round out the deal by shipping the 2004 holiday line, while Kenneth Cole men's sportswear licensee Paul Davril Inc will begin shipping women's clothing for the spring 2005 season.

"The decision not to renew the licence for the apparel lines was based on strategic considerations," Liz Claiborne CEO Paul Charron said.

Despite the move, Kenneth Cole CEO Kenneth Cole said the company remained "commited" to its jewellery business with Liz Claiborne and had not ruled out future "strategic opportunities" between the two.