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Perry Ellis International Announces Licensing Agreements for Tailored Clothing and Neckwear for Original Penguin in Europe

MIAMI, Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perry Ellis International, Inc. ("PEI") (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today that it has entered into two new license agreements with Black Label Clothing, an affiliate of Dayang Group China, to design, manufacture and market men's tailored clothing including suits, jackets, trousers, waistcoats, formal shirts, formal coats as well as neckties under the Original Penguin® brand in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Continental Europe.

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.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Black Label Clothing and are confident that this collaboration will provide us with a platform for long-term growth consistent with our strategic initiative to expand globally," commented Oscar Feldenkreis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Perry Ellis International.

Black Label Clothing's CEO Rupert Williams remarked, "In recent months we have seen a significant growth in corporate sales and made to measure tailoring, which supports the introduction of the Original Penguin brand, as part of our strategic expansion into Europe."

The Fall 2016 collection will launch mid-December 2015 with pre-presentations as early as mid-November 2015 to group buying organizations. The campaign, spearheaded by Just Consultancy who recently won the Drapers Agency of the Year award, will target department stores, contemporary specialty accounts, as well as catalogue and online retailers.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company's entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

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 http://www.pery.com.

About Black Label Clothing & Dayang Group

Black Label clothing is an independent marketing and design house whose principle focus has been UK based corporate clients. Dayang Group China has been one of the principal suppliers of formal tailoring in the United Kingdom for the last ten years, manufacturing formal tailoring both directly and through sales partners in the United Kingdom to leading retailers, including; House Of Fraser, Moss Bros PLC, ASOS, Topman, Arcadia Group and to premier labels such as Burberry, J Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Aquascutum and Banana Republic.

CONTACT: Anthony Pessok Managing Director, Licensing & International Development Anthony.pessok@pery.com +3531 405 3840 James Mickleburgh Director GM European Operations James.mickleburgh@dayanggroup.co.uk T:0044(0) 1279 420516

Source:Perry Ellis International, Inc.