Perry Ellis International Announces Expansion of Partnership With American Traveler for Original Penguin

MIAMI, Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perry Ellis International, Inc. (PEI) (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today that it has entered into a license agreement with American Traveler Inc., granting rights to design, manufacture and market men's luggage and associated travel bags such as hard and soft sided luggage, wheeled weekend travel and duffle bags and trunks under the Original Penguin® brand in the United States and Canada.

The Original Penguin brand is a culturally iconic lifestyle brand that represents a mix of American Sportswear and contemporary fashion appealing to a style-savvy consumer that appreciates the brand's heritage, while staying culturally relevant in the global markets.

"American Traveler has been a terrific partner for our Perry Ellis and Pro Player brands and we are looking forward to building on their success," commented Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of Perry Ellis International. "This product category was a natural extension for the Original Penguin customer as we continue to broaden our global reach."

"We are delighted to expand our existing partnership with Perry Ellis International to launch the Original Penguin luggage line. With Original Penguin's iconic and unique appeal, we are excited to bring forth an assortment that reflects the lifestyle of this great American brand," said Scott Oh, President of American Traveler.

The collection will launch in Spring 2016 at retail for distribution in better department stores and luggage stores.

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About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

About American Traveler

American Traveler is a luggage and travel bag specialist focused on bringing our license and OEM partners' brand vision to the marketplace. With our sourcing, sales, and design experience, coupled with extensive research and collaboration with our partners, our aim is to enhance and elevate each brand assortment. Our capability as a full line travel bag solution provider, from backpacks, sport bags, casual bags, business cases, and a wide variety of hardside and softside spinner luggage, allows us to translate and execute the brand vision that each of our partners aim to achieve.

CONTACT: Maria Folyk-Kushneir Senior Vice President of Licensing 212-536-5718 Henry Kim

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