Footwear and accessories company Steven Madden has announced a new license agreement that gives Jump Apparel Group the exclusive right to design, manufacture and distribute dresses under the Steve Madden and Steven by Steve Madden brands.

Distribution for the new dress lines, which will initially ship in spring 2007, will mirror distribution of the company's footwear collections and include department stores, specialty stores, and company-owned retail stores.

"We are very excited to offer our growing customer base another category in which they can experience the Steve Madden lifestyle. As with our core footwear collection, our dresses will translate the latest trends into stylish, fashion-forward product," said Steven Madden's executive licensing director Daniel Friedman.

Steven Madden chairman and CEO Jamieson Karson said: "Dresses mark a logical next step as we forge ahead with our stated strategy to expand our presence beyond footwear and accessories.

"Steve's creative vision was to solidly establish Steven by Steve Madden as a distinct brand with its own unique point of view and customer base.

"Having accomplished this, we can now look to expand the Steve Madden and Steven by Steve Madden brands into other product categories.

"We look forward to their launch and will continue to explore other related avenues in which we can expand our brands."