NEW YORK — Now licensed to Kellwood Co., Liz Claiborne Dress — a $150 million business at its peak in the mid-Nineties — and the new Liz Claiborne Suit divisions are gearing up for an aggressive push to establish themselves in the ready-to-wear field.

The dress license was transferred in March from the Leslie Fay Co., which had it since 2000, and the suit component was added. Prior to that, Claiborne ranthe dress unit internally. Banking on the ability of the Claiborne name to resonate with consumers, Kellwood has developed a wide range of product in both categories and will launch the lines to buyers next month.

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