Apparel giant Perry Ellis International Inc on Friday announced the appointment of Superior International Inc as its licensee for women's sportswear.

The Florida-based company said in a short news release the licence is for production and distribution in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, under the Perry Ellis and Perry Ellis America brands.

Financial details were not disclosed but the firm said the lines will be launched for Holiday 2003 and will be distributed in mid and high level stores across South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Daniel and Alberto Khoudari of Superior. They have over 20 years of experience in the industry and through this joint partnership we will be able to reinforce the Perry Ellis name in Latin America", said Perry Ellis chairman and CEO, George Feldenkreis.