Kurt Geiger Ltd, Europe's largest luxury footwear retailer, has inked a deal to license and distribute the Nine West and Easy Spirit brands in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The brands are owned by US footwear firm Nine West Footwear Corporation, a division of Jones Apparel Group Inc.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kurt Geiger will offer women's footwear, handbags and small leather goods beginning with the spring 2010 product lines.

The products will be distributed through department stores, but Kurt Geiger also plans to open free-standing Nine West stores in the UK and Ireland, including flagship locations.

The initial term of the agreement is for seven years and includes an option for renewal. Additional terms were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to partner with Kurt Geiger and to bring the Nine West and Easy Spirit brands to a broader base of consumers in the UK and Ireland," said

Andrew Cohen, Nine West Footwear Corporation's chief executive officer, says the deal is intended to take the brands "to a broader base of consumers in the UK and Ireland" but also has long-term potential to develop them in "currently untapped markets."

The agreement comes after Nine West ended an earlier license and distribution agreement in the UK and Ireland earlier this year.