Apparel firm Perry Ellis International subsidiary PEI Licensing has entered a licensing agreement with textile firm Itochu Prominent USA to design, manufacture and sell men's tailored clothing.

Under the deal, announced yesterday (2 May), Itochu will distribute men's suits, suit separates and sport jackets under the Perry Ellis brand name in department stores throughout the US. Initial shipments will begin in January next year.

"Itochu is an industry leader in the tailored clothing market and the right partner to interpret the essence of the Perry Ellis lifestyle," said Oscar Feldenkreis, president and COO of Perry Ellis International.

Jack Kachadurian, president of Itochu Prominent USA, added: "Itochu Prominent USA LLC is proud to be a part of the Perry Ellis family and looks to the brand to enhance the continued growth of our men's tailored clothing platform."