Men's wear designer Joseph Abboud is teaming up with Lord and Taylor where he will oversee the design of its private label men's products including tailored clothing, sportswear, and accessories, and also act as creative director for the Men's Store.

Merchandise will debut at the upscale department store in autumn 2008, with deliveries beginning in August.

Jane Elfers, president and CEO of Lord and Taylor said: "The ability to work one on one with someone of Joseph's calibre is an amazing opportunity for our men's merchants.

"The team is anxious to get started with Joseph on this exciting project and we look forward to working closely with him as we continue to upgrade our men's assortments."

Abboud, who is currently working with two networks on a lifestyle programme, as well as writing a novel on the fashion industry, is a former buyer, merchandiser, and director of menswear design for Polo/Ralph Lauren.

He has also won numerous accolades for his eponymous men's wear collections, including Menswear Designer of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

"I like the idea of being viewed as an editor, voice, creator," Abboud said. "It is about creating affordable luxury with integrity of design and quality. It is not about price."

Abboud joins Charles Nolan, Cynthia Steffe and Bryan Bradley in Lord and Taylor's growing stable of American Designers.

The 181-year-old store is currently in the midst of up-grading merchandise assortments and in-store services and amenities, and last month launched a $10m re-branding campaign created by David Lipman and photographed by Mario Testino.