NEW YORK — Swimwear manufacturer Apparel Ventures Inc. is preparing for a change in its branded lineup, with Nautica on the way out and Ralph Lauren, sources say, on its way in.

Some insiders are speculating that Apparel Ventures plans to pick up the Ralph Lauren swimwear license from Authentic Fitness when it expires June 30. Kathy Van Ness, president of Authentic Fitness’ designer swimwear, confirmed that the company will no longer produce Ralph Lauren swimwear as of July 1. She declined to say who would take over the license. A Ralph Lauren spokeswoman said only that the designer is under contract with Authentic through the end of June.

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