Apparel group Perry Ellis International has extended its license for Nike swim goods until 2009.

The new agreement includes men's, women's and children's swimwear, performance and casual swimwear products, apparel and swim equipment.

The deal allows Perry Ellis to continue its aggressive growth of the Nike brand, including the opportunity for global exposure at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Perry Ellis Swim president Seth Ellison said: "The extension of our Nike Swim license offers us a platform for long-term growth with one of the world's most recognised brands.

"We have hired the best talent in the industry to work on the Spring 2007 collection, and we are excited to provide better product to our current account base of sporting goods, department stores and specialty swim accounts."

He added: "We are also excited to work more closely with Nike in a number of areas. Nike's advanced innovation team will ensure that we lead the industry with our performance products.

"Their US women's apparel team will help connect our products with their women's fitness initiatives. Finally, this new contract will help us grow our team sales business through an expanded offering of products for club and school aquatic programs."

Nike US Apparel vice president Heidi O'Neill said: "Both companies are strategically aligned in the US and share in the commitment to deliver superior performance product through design and innovation, supporting the broad range of our consumers and the activities they participate in."

Perry Ellis International also announced that it was expanding its Irvine, California operations to become the West Coast hub for its swim and action sports division.

The expansion of the company's Orange County office will also give the company access to the large local talent pool of swimwear designers and action sports expertise.

Perry Ellis is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories, and fragrances.

Nike is the world's number one sportswear provider and a leader in many athletic wear categories.