Clothing giant Polo Ralph Lauren has signed a global licensing deal with Apparel Ventures Inc to manufacture and distribute women's and girl's swimwear under brands including Ralph Lauren Collection and Ralph Lauren Sport.

The company said the deal will start in July and follows the expiration of the term of the women's and girl's swimwear license held by Authentic Fitness Corporation since 1998. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This new licensing relationship will allow us to capitalise on our combined strengths - Polo Ralph Lauren's creativity and design expertise, and AVI's ability to consistently manufacture and distribute quality fashion swimwear," said Douglas Williams, group president, Polo Ralph Lauren.

He added swimwear made by the California-based company will be available at Ralph Lauren stores as well as better specialty and department stores.