NEW YORK — Like a fine wine, Alexander Julian’s women’s wear needed to age a while before being uncorked.

Although Julian’s stable of brands has grown into a $375 million business over three decades, crossing a broad range of men’s wear and home furnishings categories, he has not produced a women’s collection in more than 15 years. His last efforts faded from department stores in the late Eighties under a license with Levi Strauss. Now, the 56-year-old designer is trying his hand at women’s again with the launch of Alexander Julian Private Reserve, a line of better-priced blouses launching for fall that takes its nomenclature from his passion for a good glass of wine.

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