Apparel group Perry Ellis International Inc has entered into a licensing agreement with Lanier Clothes for the manufacture and distribution of its Cubavera and Havanera Co men's tailored clothing brands.

Lanier, a division of Oxford Industries Inc, will release the products to market in spring 2004.

Havanera apparel will be available at JC Penney outlets, while Cubavera will be sold at department stores including Federated and May Co.

"We continue to be delighted by the market's response to our Hispanic brands and by the demand for additional product categories," said Perry Ellis COO Oscar Feldenkreis.

"We are excited to partner with Oxford Industries, a company with an exceptional reputation."