Perry Ellis the brand was born from Perry Ellis the man. A man who was forward-thinking and fresh. Not mired in tradition. Who believed fashion was fun, and should never be taken too seriously. Patterns, pops of color, new shapes and never-before-seen styles—he embraced it all, rewriting the rules and redefining American sportswear. A constantly evolving pursuit of the unique, the modern, and above all, something to have fun with. That ethos earned him accolades—including the Coty Award for his first show in 1979, which he would go on to win 8 more times, and the CFDA Designer of the Year Award in 1982. And in 1984, he became the head of the CFDA—a major influence on designers then, and now, his legacy is one with the American fashion industry.
The Perry Ellis ethos hasn't changed. Since that first unapologetically American collection in 1976, Perry Ellis clothes have been designed to be distinctively unexpected—clothing that stands out, but always appropriate. Made for the way people work, live, and play today—especially since, these days, those often happen all at once. Perry Ellis is a global lifestyle brand that includes a full sportswear collection as well as a full range of categories spanning fragrance, watches, footwear and more—but still believes, as Perry himself said, in never taking itself or style too seriously. Because modern style means only one thing: Being very true to yourself.