Nine West, a subsidiary of Jones Apparel Group Inc, is to design and market Gloria Vanderbilt branded women's and girls' footwear. This product line was previously marketed under a licensing arrangement when Jones acquired the Gloria Vanderbilt trademark earlier this year.

Rhonda Brown, President and CEO of Nine West Group, said: "We intend to launch the business during the August footwear market in Las Vegas with customer deliveries beginning in Spring 2003."

Peter Boneparth, president and CEO of Jones Apparel Group Inc, commented: "We are happy to see the growth strategy of our recently acquired Gloria Vanderbilt brand continue to evolve. This is a great example of our ability to leverage well-known brands across multiple core competencies."