Perry Ellis (NASDAQ:PERY) inaugurates a new era this fall with an updated brand identity inspired by the legacy of its namesake designer — and his spirit of optimism and modern wit — to create stylish, witty yet unpretentious clothes for the modern guy.

The new brand positioning will act as the guiding light for all marketing, sales and design activities, including a new logo that harkens back to the original Perry Ellis logo and redesigned packaging. The new identity will kick off with the Fall 2012 advertising campaign, which leverages “Very Perry Ellis,” a term affectionately used to describe the brand’s clothes during the designer’s heyday, as its tagline. This new identity signals a major shift for the American sportswear brand, which relies on both a revised understanding of the Perry Ellis consumer and a renewed appreciation for what made Perry Ellis, the man, such a successful designer.

“We wanted to invigorate our brand with an updated personality to appeal to a younger man,” said Carmine Petruzello, president of Perry Ellis Menswear. “After months of research, we found that a sense of levity and irreverence was not only key to that consumer, but also embodied in our founding designer. So, we are defining our future by staking a claim in the past. Perry Ellis isn’t just the name on our door.”

That future will first be articulated through Perry Ellis’ advertising campaign this fall. The campaign, conceived by strategic creative agency YARD, eschews the dramatic beachscapes of campaigns past for a world of self-expression and fun. Four models star in classic back-and-white portraiture that is punctuated with an unexpected “Very Perry” pop of color and levity. Polka dots, a paper bow tie and an oversized flower appear to ‘photo-bomb’ the portraits, turning what is a typically serious moment in fashion into something light-hearted and fun.

The new campaign has a “Very Perry” tie to the past. Model Matt Norklun, the legendary face of the brand in the 1970s and 1980s, will make a reprisal in the fall 2012 campaign, uniting the updated brand position to its heritage.

“Our goal was to reimagine modern American sportswear and to do so in a way that speaks to men who seek a sense of freedom, fun, independence and wit,” says Stephen Niedzwiecki, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD. “We created a ‘Very Perry’ world – a world of casual inventiveness where optimism is always an option and your style is instinctively distinctive.”

The campaign will launch in-store, outdoors and within the September issues of fashion books, including GQ, Esquire, Men’s Health and OUT.

The new campaign and brand position is another major initiative of the new executive team at Perry Ellis. It follows the addition of a new design team, led by Chief Merchandising Officer Doug Jakubowski, as well as the announcement of a collaboration with menswear designer label Duckie Brown, which will make its debut during New York Fashion Week in September.

“Perry Ellis elevated American sportswear and he thought casual clothes were fashion's highest expression,” said Matt Cronin, vice president of marketing at Perry Ellis. “He did this all while serving as the industry's leading wit and optimist. He asked us to not take it seriously. We like that as a philosophy, for clothes and for life too.”

About Perry Ellis

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, as well as select children's apparel. 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(R), Original Penguin(R) by Munsingwear(R),Jantzen(R), Laundry by Shelli Segal(R), C&C California(R), Rafaella(R), Ben Hogan(R), Grand Slam(R), Savane(R), Axist(R), Manhattan(R), Farah(R),Cubavera(R), the Havanera Co.(R), Centro(R), Solero(R), John Henry(R), Munsingwear(R), Natural Issue(R), Pro Player(R), Axis(R), Tricots St. Raphael(R), Gotcha(R), Girl Star(R), MCD(R), Mondo di Marco(R), Redsand(R), Anchor Blue(R) and Miller's Outpost(R). The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike(R) and Jag(R) for swimwear, and Callaway(R), PGA TOUR(R) and Champions Tour(R) for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

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