Apparel group Liz Claiborne has signed a deal with Legxus International to design and make a range of Liz Claiborne-branded socks, trouser socks and tights.

The collection will be launched to trade in the third quarter of 2006 and will go on sales at upmarket department and specialty stores in 2007.

Claiborne president of licensing Barbara J Friedman said: "Legxus has done a great job for us with Ellen Tracy, so it was a natural step to extend our relationship with them by partnering for the Liz Claiborne legwear line."

Legxus VP Barry Tartarkin added: "We are very excited about our relationship with Liz Claiborne. Liz Claiborne is a major lifestyle brand with immense appeal to today's consumer, and we are thrilled to be involved with a brand that is so well known and loved."