The Warnaco Group Inc has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement to produce the new collection of JLO By Jennifer Lopez lingerie.

The intimate apparel range, set for launch in the second half of 2004, will be produced under licence to Sweetface Fashion Company, the joint partnership of Jennifer Lopez, Andy Hilfiger and Joe Lamastra.

"As the JLO By Jennifer Lopez brand continues to expand, we are very excited to have partnered with Warnaco for the introduction of lingerie to our product offering," Sweetface president and CEO Denise Seegal said.

"Our goal as a lifestyle brand is to dress our consumers from head-to-toe with products inspired by Jennifer, and lingerie will be an integral part of the JLO look."

Warnaco president and CEO Joe Gromek said the company would bring its "expertise in intimates" to the partnership.

The JLO By Jennifer Lopez lingerie collection, to be initially sold in US department stores with a view to global expansion, will include bras, underwear, shapewear, sleepwear and loungewear.