Perry Ellis International Signs New Licensing Agreement for Gotcha(R) Apparel in Europe

Perry Ellis International PERY announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with TV Mania GMBH and Must International Trading, PTE, Ltd. to design, manufacture and distribute casual, snow and surf apparel for men, women, and children under the Gotcha® brand.

George Feldenkreis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perry Ellis International, said: "We are very excited about this agreement with TV Mania and Must International Trading. Their knowledge of both the European market and the surf lifestyle make them the ideal partner to re-launch Gotcha in Europe. We look forward to an outstanding partnership."

The line will be available throughout the European Union, as well as in Switzerland, Turkey and Norway. The product will be sold at various European department stores and specialized apparel chains, beginning with the Spring '09 collection.

"In light of the recent changes we have made in our European operations, and after carefully considering our options, we have decided to proceed with this agreement, as it strengthens the Gotcha brand, while maximizing our financial prospects," Mr. Feldenkreis concluded.

For further information, please contact:

David Ward

Managing Director

Perry Ellis Europe Ltd,

Tel: +44 (0)1376 502345

Fax: +44 (0) 1376 500733


Geraud Marechal


Tel: +33 1 4523 2825

Fax: +33 1 4247 1639


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 and casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear 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®, Jantzen®, Laundry® by Shelli Segal, C&C California®, Cubavera®, Munsingwear®, Savane®, Original Penguin®, Grand Slam®, Natural Issue®, Pro Player®, the Havanera Co. ®, Axis®, Tricots St. Raphael®, Gotcha®, Girl Star® and MCD®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties including Dockers® for outerwear, Nike® and JAG® for swimwear, and PING® and PGA TOUR® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

About Gotcha®

Gotcha® launched its first swim trunk line in 1978 from a Laguna Beach garage. The company took the surf market by storm by creating apparel that captured the individuality and athleticism of the coastal beach culture. By 1982, Gotcha® was a household name to surfers around the world. The brand made a major impact in the market throughout the '80s and '90s, sponsoring two world-champion surfers and dozens of top-ten contenders. PEI Licensing, Inc. acquired the trademark in January 2006, helping the brand build upon its strong domestic and international name recognition.

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Perry Ellis International, Miami
Investor Relations
Francisco G. Hoffmann, 305-873-1365