NEW YORK (AP)_ Jones Apparel Group Inc. has reached an agreement to assist in the design and manufacture of several internationally distributed brands of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

Under the deal, announced Wednesday, Jones will provide receive royalties for providing design and merchandising support to a Polo Ralph Lauren licensee based in Japan.

Jones also will become the direct, wholesale supplier of clothes made under several Polo Ralph Lauren labels in Europe, the Middle East and other international locations. Licensed labels that Jones will be responsible for are Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren Ralph Lauren and Ralph by Ralph Lauren.

All sales, marketing and distribution will be directed by Polo or one of its licensees.

Financial terms were not disclosed.