nicoleritchie_winterkate_preview.jpgAs well as showing off her new baby son, Sparrow (named after Captain Jack Sparrow apparently) Nicole Richie is building quite the little fashion empire - she is now adding a women's clothing label to her repertoire.

After launching her accessories line, House of Harlow which will soon include shoes, and a maternity wear range, A Pea in a Pod, Richie is now turning her hand to her first womenswear label, Winter Kate.

Named after her daughter's two middle names, the collection will feature vintage-inspired tops, vests and bed jackets all with Richie's bohemian flair. There are also silk and chiffon frocks, tunics, and a kimono-style maxidress.

"I've wanted to design a clothing collection for a very long time," she said. "[My customer] is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match. The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but most importantly, they provide the wearer a means of self-expression and fun."

"Fashion should be accessible," she added. "That was my philosophy when designing House of Harlow 1960 and it remains my philosophy for Winter Kate."

Winter Kate will be priced from $35 up to $600 wholesale. It will be stocked at department stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue from February 2010.