Los Angeles-based ACI International has signed a licensing agreement with Diadora America, Inc. to develop and market Diadora branded footwear for women, men and kids in the United States.

The announcement comes before Diadora's 60th anniversary. The brand continues to be one of the world's best known performance footwear and apparel brands for soccer, tennis and running.

ACI International is better known as the owner/licensor of LA Gear footwear and apparel as well as the footwear licensee for brands such as Op, Shaq Dunkman, Dreamworks and Mattel.

The company plans to launch Diadora footwear with an athletic and lifestyle focus in sporting goods and specialty retailers for the fall 2008 season.