Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) is to take over direct distribution for its Calvin Klein, Izod and Van Heusen men's sportswear businesses in Canada, the company has announced.

Beginning with the spring 2009 collections, the company will take over from Caulfeild Apparel Group, current distributor of Calvin Klein and Izod sportswear, and from JFC Licensing, which deals with Van Heusen.

However, Caulfeild and JFC will continue to distribute the brands during 2008, and JFC is currently in negotiations to continue to offer Van Heusen products beyond that date in other categories, including suits, blazers, overcoats, hosiery and small leather goods.

PVH will base its sportswear businesses in Toronto, sharing offices with the company's existing dress shirt operations. PVH started directly marketing its dress shirt products in Canada in 2006. PVH president and COO Allen Sirkin said the company had been using distributors in Canada since the early 1970s.

"We believe that the company and the Canadian market are best served by our direct operation in Canada, and that we can replicate in the sportswear arena the success we have had distributing our dress shirt brands, including Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, Arrow and Izod," he said.