Perry Ellis International has signed three new licensing deals for the Perry Ellis and Manhattan brands in Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

"International expansion remains a key strategy of Perry Ellis International and we are pleased to have identified strong partners to continue our growth outside the US," said George Feldenkreis, chief executive officer of Perry Ellis International.

The first agreement is with apparel producer Posong Co Ltd in Korea to develop Perry Ellis women's and men's swimwear lines and women's swimwear cover-ups. The line will be distributed in upscale department and specialty stores in spring of 2008.

The second is with Royal Corporation to manufacture and distribute men's dress, casual and athletic footwear in Japan under the Perry Ellis, Perry Ellis Portfolio and Perry Ellis America brands.

And the third is with Viet Tien Garment Export-Import Corporation, the largest garment company in Vietnam, for the Manhattan brand.

Viet Tien will initially concentrate on dress shirts, but the agreement also covers knit and woven sport shirts, dress and casual pants and shorts, sport jackets, suits and suit separates, sweaters, jackets and coats plus accessories including neckties, hosiery, underwear and sleepwear. The line will be distributed through Viet Tien's network across Vietnam.

All agreements are expected to benefit Perry Ellis International in the next fiscal year (fiscal 2009) and beyond the company said in a statement yesterday (29 August).