AXIST(R) Wins Miami Gold ADDY Award

AXIST(R) Wins Miami Gold ADDY Award

MIAMI, March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perry Ellis International (PEI) is
announcing that its AXIST^® brand, available at Kohl's, has received a Miami
Gold ADDY for best integrated campaign of 2012. The "Reasons to AXIST"
campaign, featuring celebrity Gilles Marini, was developed by the in-house
creative services team of PEI. The award was judged by the American
Advertising Federation of Miami and given to the most comprehensive and
creative campaign implementing a broad range of outreach mediums and
communication vehicles.

The integrated campaign featured in-store signage, sales collateral, print
ads, internet radio spots, online videos, downloadable ringtones, style
guides, digital ads, an interactive campaign site ( as well
as PR and social media outreach through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Our campaign highlights the excellent quality and value of AXIST and how
adaptable and appropriate the brand is for so many wearing occasions. We felt
that Gilles Marini was the perfect embodiment of this versatility given his
success in so many roles, whether as a model, actor, dancer, father, or
athlete," explained Lori Medici, vice president of Marketing for AXIST. "His
down-to-Earth, approachable personality made the brand both relatable and
aspirational, plus the PR and editorial coverage his involvement garnered
provided invaluable extra exposure for our campaign."

Editorial coverage included segments on E! Entertainment News, Access
Hollywood,, as well as features in notable magazines,
newspapers and industry websites and blogs. Marini was also photographed
wearing the AXIST brand at various engagements and appearances, further
promoting the line's versatility for multiple wearing occasions, both casual
and refined. The integrated effort helped reinvigorate the brand with existing
fans while also attracting new customers.

"This is the first time we are awarded for a campaign created and produced by
our in-house creative department and earning a Gold ADDY validates how capable
our creative team is. The fact that we won for best integrated campaign not
only makes us extremely proud but further highlights the breadth of knowledge
within our walls," stated Joakim Wijkstrom, CMO at Perry Ellis International
on the skills of the creative team. "The advertising industry used to be
almost exclusively agency-driven, but today's corporations are building strong
internal teams that are proving to have the ability to develop excellent
campaigns using their own talent pool."

The award was presented to the AXIST team on March 13, 2013 at the Hoxton
Downtown Miami. They were joined by influential industry peers along with
other category winners. Because the campaign earned Gold, it will
automatically advance to the 4th District competition which includes Florida,
Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands.

"In the reality of our new Omni-channel world - where consumers shop via
mobile, in-store, online, through social media and more - we must approach
everything we do from an integrated perspective. Today's technology is
changing by the minute and we aim to be at the forefront of advertising
innovation," concluded Joakim Wijkstrom.

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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, 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®, Jantzen®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, C&C California®, Rafaella®,
Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Centro®, Solero®, Munsingwear®, Savane®,
OriginalPenguin® by Munsingwear®, Grand Slam®, Natural Issue®, Pro Player®,
the Havanera Co.®, Axis®, Gotcha®, Girl Star®, MCD®, John Henry®, Mondo di
Marco®, Redsand®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Farah®, Anchor Blue®,Miller's Outpost®,
Tahoe River Outfitters®, Original Khaki Company® and Techworks®.The Company
enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties,
including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR® and Champions
Tour® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available

About the ADDY Awards

The ADDY Awards is the world's largest advertising competition with more than
50,000 entries annually. Founded in Florida in 1960 it was adopted by the
American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit industry association, as a
national competition in 1968. The ADDY Awards is unique among other
advertising creative competitions in that it is the only competition that
includes three levels of judging: local, regional and national. Gold winners
are automatically advanced to the next level of competition. Awards presented
are Gold and Silver ADDY Awards, recognizable by its stylized "Star A" shape.

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CONTACT: Perry Ellis International, Inc.
         Joakim Wijkstrom
         Chief Marketing Officer

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